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Taqueria La Mexicana in Somerville

buffet king Nov 17, 2006 12:50 AM

Has anyone been to Taqueria La Mexicana in Union Square Somerville recently? I have read several good reviews. Has anyone had their enchiladas, tacos, burros (burritos) or nachos? Any information would be appreciated.

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    Jesseve RE: buffet king Nov 17, 2006 11:29 AM

    I've been recently, and of the dishes you've posted, I've had the nachos and the enchiladas and loved both of them. I recommend getting the nachos with beef and the enchiladas with the potato/chorizo mixture. And ask for extra hot sauce - it's not hot at all.

    1. yumyum RE: buffet king Nov 17, 2006 01:10 PM

      I go all the time. I love the nachos -- simple, HUMONGOUS and delicious. I get them with carnitas, which they crisp up on the grill before topping the chips and before melting the cheese. Mmmmmm.

      I prefer the torta at Tacos Lupita, but theirs is pretty good. They also do lots of tamales around the holidays, and you can order them for your next big party.

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        sionnac RE: buffet king Nov 17, 2006 01:31 PM

        Love the burros, very very big though. Tamales are excellent too. Nice folks, homey feeling.

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          bella_sarda RE: buffet king Nov 17, 2006 04:19 PM

          This is one of my favorite neighborhood spots. I love the tamales, especially either the vegetable or pork ones. Of the tacos, either the steak or potato/chorizo are best, IMO. Enchiladas are OK. In general I stay away from their chicken in favor of the pork, steak, veggie or potato/chorizo fillings for any of their items, as the chicken seems to be of low-ish quality and kind of bland. The roasted veggie burro is excellent. Do ask for hot sauce! Oh and the pork quesadilla is sinfully delicious. Next time I'm getting the nachos---have not tried them yet.

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            fenian RE: buffet king Nov 18, 2006 12:02 AM

            I've been three or four times since September. It's not quite great, except for the price. The tamales are my favorite thing there. I also think the chips with guacamole are much better than average, and the grilled chicken dinner plate is very tasty. The food tends to be a little bland, and I don't think there's any way to get it really spiced up. (I've heard the owner comment about how gringos can't handle spicy food.)

            I'd say it's on par with Boca Grande, which I also like and think is underappreciated.

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              buffet king RE: buffet king Nov 18, 2006 02:03 PM

              I went to Taqueria La Mexicana in Somerville yesterday. I got some takeout to eat for lunch and dinner. I got an order of nachos topped with pork, a chicken tamale, a pork tamale, beef enchilada plate with rice & refried beans and a pork burrito. The nachos topped with pork were very good and filling. The chicken tamale and pork tamale were also good. I had never tried a tamale until yesterday. I put some hot sauce on the tamales. I also put hot sauce on the beef enchilada plate which was very good. The pork burrito was okay but I liked the pork burrito at Tacos Lupita better.

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                grg RE: buffet king Nov 21, 2006 03:59 AM

                IMHO they have the best tamales around; I like the pork when eating in but I find that the ground beef reheats better. You can get a bag of frozen tamales to keep at home for when the urge hits.

                Chiles rellenos are also excellent. The heat level varies basd on the batch of chiles they get, but there's almost always a nice warmth to them. I like pork or chorizo.

                Their catering menu has "mole with chicken;" I'm not sure you can get it to eat in. While it's not what I'm used to for mole sauce (or for chicken, which they serve mostly shredded), it's delicious - I can't stop eating it when it's around.

                For tacos and burros, I always choose the tongue. It's tenderly stewed and nicely seasoned and oh-so-yummy. I realize not everyone is willing to try it, but I recommend it to anyone who is.

                As fenian said, guacamole is well above average, though it's more to my taste after I've spiced it up with some hot sauce (most guacamoles are beyond help). They also have a nice tomatillo-based salsa verde (mild). Their flan is a tasty and filling finish to any meal.

                Sorry if I'm rambling, this has been my favorite taco dive for many years. Tacos Lupita can't be beat for salvadorean dishes like their pupusas, but where they overlap (mexican) I prefer Taqueria La Mexicana. (addendum: I don't go for tortas, so omit that from my comparison.)

                Taqueria La Mexicana: http://www.lataqueria.com/
                Tacos Lupita: http://www.tacoslupita.com/

                1. bitsubeats RE: buffet king Nov 21, 2006 04:46 AM

                  does anyone prefer mexicana's torta over lupita's?

                  I have had both and prefer lupitas, hands down. The one at lupita is warm and slathered with butter, mayonaise and a spread of beans and there are slices of avocado. It's also very easy to eat when it's wrapped up in the aluminum foil

                  Mexican's on the other hand is WAYYYYY too big (reminds me of carl's steak subs, but not as bad). The beans are also really watery so when I bite into the sandwich the bean juice runs down my arms and makes the bread incredibly soggy. I also don't like the fact that they use guacamole, i prefer the thick slices of avocado. Despite my complaint it isn't all that bad, but I'd rather drive down the street to Taco's Lupita

                  haven't tried Tacqueria la mexicana's other dishes though and I really want to try the enchiladas- they look fantastic

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                    sionnac RE: bitsubeats Apr 28, 2009 01:26 PM

                    I agree about the tamales being very good. The burros are very big ... this place is one of my favorites, although I haven't been to the Cantina yet.

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