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Diski Nov 15, 2006 05:35 PM

Where is the best mexican north of boston? I am taking my best friend to dinner tonight and he is craving something south of the border!

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  1. yumyum RE: Diski Nov 15, 2006 05:40 PM

    Mexico Lindo in Melrose.

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      lisa13 RE: Diski Nov 15, 2006 05:43 PM

      I second the vote for mexico lindo - it is excellent

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        Bostonbob3 RE: Diski Nov 15, 2006 06:47 PM

        I agree, Mexico Lindo is your best bet. South of Boston, it's "Mexico" in Providence.

        1. macca RE: Diski Nov 15, 2006 06:52 PM

          I would agree with Mexico Lindo- good margarita's, too. Last time I was there I had some k ind of crabmeat dish- really good. If you go, let us know what you think.

          1. mcel215 RE: Diski Nov 15, 2006 06:52 PM

            North of Boston, Mexico Lindo gets my vote as well.

            1. ScubaSteve RE: Diski Nov 15, 2006 06:53 PM

              just 2 b different.

              Cafe Azteca in Lawrence

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                macca RE: ScubaSteve Nov 15, 2006 06:54 PM

                I haven't been there in years. I work in North Andover, so it is not really too far. Will have to try it again soon. Thanks for the reminder!

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                  Infomaniac RE: ScubaSteve Nov 15, 2006 07:13 PM

                  Mexico Lindo just opened a place in Methuen, MA but I still like Cafe Azteca in Lawrence better.

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                    thegolferbitch RE: Infomaniac Nov 15, 2006 07:56 PM

                    Info....you're a great source for "hometown" info today. Is Mexico Lindo open? Have you tried it? Curious b/c I saw the signs in the old "Red Tavern" building forever and assumed the project tanked.

                    BTW--agree with all above posters about the Melrose M.L. and Cafe Azteca. Cafe Azteca's tamales are the only ones (outside of Mexico) that I like

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                      Infomaniac RE: thegolferbitch Nov 15, 2006 08:06 PM

                      hey golfer, Mexico Lindo is open, and yes I tried it. It was ok, but I thought Cafe Azteca was more authentic, especially the tamales.

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                  bostonsooner RE: Diski Nov 16, 2006 02:03 AM

                  Has anyone tried Cielito Lindo in Beverly? I think it's a relatively new place on Cabot St.

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                    rloverme RE: bostonsooner Dec 28, 2006 11:28 PM

                    Happened to stop in a couple of weeks ago - potentially the best Mexican food I've had. Very authentic dishes, including a significant portion of the menu that included items I had never even heard of. Fortunately, it's still a hole in the wall, so I would get there while it's still quiet!

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                      pastover RE: bostonsooner Sep 5, 2007 03:45 PM

                      A late addition to this thread, but I live in Beverly and was SO excited that Cielito Lindo is here. It's run by a young Mexican couple with recipes from their parents, and is definitely one of the best in the Boston area. Far better than the offerings in Salem. Authentic dishes and some traditional tex-mex for New Englanders. Good seafood, steaks, fresh guacamole, a limited liquor license. Alex is the owner, you can't go wrong.

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                        Foodlover66 RE: bostonsooner Feb 4, 2008 03:30 PM

                        Cielito Lindo in Beverly is fantastic!!! Hands down the best Mexican food I have had in Massachusetts. I highly recommend the shrimp enchiladas, or the Enchiladas Aztecas! The sauces are excellent.

                        We recently moved from CA, and have been disappointed with most of the Mexican restaurants here - and believe me, we have tried them all as I am a Mexican food addict!

                        Agave would be my second favorite but is not even close to Cielito Lindo as far as authentic Mexican goes. We didn't think too much of Mexico Lindo in Melrose. After three trips to JalapeƱos, we gave up and stopped going. All others are pretty mediocre as well, with Edgewater in Salem being the worst in my opinion.

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                        Newburyport John RE: Diski Nov 16, 2006 12:16 PM

                        Agave in Newburyport is awesome.

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                          ScubaSteve RE: Newburyport John Nov 16, 2006 12:53 PM

                          gotta strongly disagree John. been there a few times last summer. the sauces were overcooked and the meats tasted like cat food. the only thing saving the place for me was the bartending.

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                            salemmass RE: Newburyport John Mar 29, 2009 05:01 AM

                            Agree. LOVE Agave in Newburyport. Food is great, drinks are great, atmosphere is great. Cielito Lindo has good food, but as a restaurant Agave wins for me hands down.

                            Border Cafe is good in Harvard Square with a large group, but loses it's appeal in outlying areas. It is very cheap though.

                            Agave is where it's at.

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                            joshkato RE: Diski Nov 26, 2006 09:57 PM

                            I have decided to post comments here about this Mexi joint Mexico Lindo,I just finished eating this very authentic meal and am very impressed with the food it self there are however some major flaws sutch as finding the place ,You need to know the area or fogeddaboudit ,no navi will get you there 5 Pleasant st. is the address but you need to enter at the other end of the building the sighn will say Red Roof Tavern I think.
                            The service was excellent concidering the Pats were playing all over the bar ,The drinks are :0) ,but I get the feeling the food is prepared in shifts and applied to the plates as you order which is fine if you have a microvave at the table ,the food was chilly !!! not just lookwarm but the real deal none the less the rice was very different as they use Jazmine ??? never seen that before but it could grow on me .

                            I am opening a Mexican joint myself in a few years in Andover M.A. called San Diago's and have passion for the food so in my opinion good food beats everything else and almost the temp??? Almost . Great joint just have them throw it back in the micro if its to cold and order a Patron Margarita:_)


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                              Chris VR RE: joshkato Nov 27, 2006 12:45 AM

                              You're talking about the Mexico LIndo in Methuen? The one in Melrose is easy enough to find- if you can find Melrose. Melrose is off the beaten path, not that hard with directions but a bit confusing the first time.

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                              jpsox RE: Diski Dec 29, 2006 12:08 AM

                              Jalapeno's on Main St. in Gloucester. One of the best in the whole area, but overlooked 'cause of the out of the way location.

                              1. hiddenboston RE: Diski Jan 4, 2007 01:04 PM

                                Tacos Lupita in Lawrence has some great Mexican dishes, too, with most being around $5.00, give or take a buck or two.

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                                  RoyRon RE: Diski Jan 4, 2007 09:18 PM

                                  Another real "holein the wall" that has very good and authentic Mexican North of Boston is Tres Amigos which is on Rte 28 in Stoneham close to the Redstone Plaza. Very good food at reasonable prices. Try the Chilli Verde plate or have it in a burrito. Mmmmmmmmmmm

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                                    canuck_kid RE: Diski Jan 5, 2007 04:26 PM

                                    On a recent road trip to Boston, I went downtown and had some excellent mexican food. The hidden gem i found was Zumas, in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, A little hard to find (its below street level, but has some signs)but some excellent authentic mexican food.

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                                      Prav RE: canuck_kid Jan 5, 2007 04:31 PM

                                      Really? I respectfully disagree - I thought Zuma was pretty horrible tourist-trap Tex Mex. Oh well.

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                                        bachslunch RE: Prav May 15, 2007 03:23 PM

                                        I've got to agree with Prav. Didn't like Zuma at all when I tried it. For me this place epitomized bad Tex Mex food -- blah and totally lacking flavor, with a distinctly Disneyland-ified sense of what this cuisine should be. And it's in a dark, uninviting basement to boot. No thanks.

                                        Heck, I'd sooner go to Border Cafe, which is saying something.

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                                          twentyoystahs RE: bachslunch Mar 28, 2009 12:19 PM

                                          Zuma has been there for ages; I actually was surprised to learn it is still there....has anyone been lately? I know, I know, it's americanized-tex-mex, not authentic in the least, but the food used to be half-decent. Does it compare at all with Border Cafe?

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                                      Redhohoho RE: Diski Jan 5, 2007 04:43 PM

                                      Tu Y Yo in SOmerville

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                                        1red111 RE: Redhohoho Apr 27, 2007 04:02 AM

                                        I've been searching for Mexican places between Framingham and Worcester and this is the first post I've seen for Tu Y Yo. Easily the best Mexican food I've had in the Boston area. Not Tex-Mex.

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                                          applehome RE: 1red111 Apr 27, 2007 09:52 AM

                                          Somerville isn't going to be be found between Framingham and Worcerster...

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                                            1red111 RE: applehome May 14, 2007 03:32 PM

                                            Yes, of course. I suppose that's worth noting for those who may read my post and be misled. The point was that for all the talk about Mexican food in the Boston area, I was surprised Tu y Yo isn't mentioned more often.

                                            I wound up choosing Acapulco's in Sudbury for my event.

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                                        safetybar RE: Diski Feb 3, 2008 09:32 AM

                                        NO MEXICO LINDO! We went to the restaurant anticipating great margaritas, guacamole, and atmosphere and were horribly disappointed. The margaritas were small and came in those generic cactus glasses (the ones that must come free when they buy their mix). The worst part was they had the flourescent lights on the entire time. I felt like I was eating in an old cafeteria or tacky furniture store.

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                                          hydraaa RE: Diski Feb 6, 2008 05:19 PM

                                          any decent mexican places in Metro West?

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                                            junior coyote RE: hydraaa Feb 7, 2008 05:44 AM

                                            Taqueria Mexico and Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham are both good.

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