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Mexican around Medford

surferbettygal Apr 21, 2007 03:59 PM

Can anyone recommend a decent mexican restaurant near Medford/Malden/Somerville area??

  1. saridt Apr 21, 2007 05:34 PM

    Tu y Yo in Powderhouse Circle is good --it is not Mexican-American fare --more authentic dishes. I have never been disappointed there.

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      DavisSquare Apr 22, 2007 07:41 PM

      I REALLY want to like Tu y Yo but I've had four meals there in the years since they opened, and it's been bad each and every time. I haven't been in maybe two years now and I'm considering giving it another try since I really want it to be good. Has the food changed at all over the past couple of years?

      1. re: DavisSquare
        yumyum Apr 23, 2007 10:29 AM

        The menu hasn't changed from what I can tell. They have added Saturday and Sunday breakfast/brunch and it's very simple but very good -- huevos rancheros and stuff.

        My favorite local Mexican for plates and combinations is Tacqueria Mexico in Union. You can sit and eat there. For tortas, Lupita's hands down. For tacos I go back and forth. I can't wait to try Le Verdad!

        Also wanted to add a vote here for the chile verde plate at Anna's in Porter Square. Served with rice and beans and a few tortillas, it's spicy and great. Aromatherapy hounded that one out.....

        1. re: DavisSquare
          mojo2483 Apr 27, 2007 10:36 AM

          MMM... you gotta try tu y yo... i was just there a few weeks ago and my roommate couldn't stop say mmmm after every bite... you definitely wont get a taco dish there though, but its real authetic mexican and its so delicious... i would suggest the tinga poblana... i get that almost every time i go and you have to get sangria. its the best ive ever had.

      2. Chris VR Apr 21, 2007 07:06 PM

        Mexico Lindo in Melrose is a good bet. Here are some previous threads on it:


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          ShelT54 Apr 22, 2007 07:26 PM

          Jose's on Sherman St. in Fresh Pond Cambridge is pretty good and Tu Y Yo is tasty, but very exotic, not the place for tacos etc.

          1. DavisSquare Apr 22, 2007 07:45 PM

            It depends a bit on what you're looking for. If you want tacos and such, Taqueria Mexico in Union Square is quite tasty, as is Tacos Lupita near Porter Square.

            If you want something more sit-down, it's pretty grim beyond Tu y Yo (see my comment above, though). I can vouch for the rellenos, but not much else, at Zocalo in Arlington, and I've heard that Ole in Inman Square, which was terrible the last few times I was dragged there, has improved of late, but I can't vouch personally.

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            1. re: DavisSquare
              saridt Apr 23, 2007 01:52 PM

              My most recent meal at Ole was truly awful --I posted a review.

            2. hiddenboston Apr 23, 2007 05:49 AM

              Boca Grande near Porter Square on the Cambridge/Somerville line is one of my favorite Mexican places, and many of the meals are around $5.00.

              1. MaineRed Apr 23, 2007 07:16 AM

                Also Maria Bonita on Mass Ave in Cambridge (closer to Arlington)...mixed reviews on the board but a homey place

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                1. re: MaineRed
                  DavisSquare Apr 23, 2007 07:40 AM

                  Meh. I'd say don't bother. If you want that type of food, it's not too far to Boca Grande which is much much better.

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                  Bidnezz Apr 23, 2007 10:53 AM

                  Oh my gosh, people, have you ever been to Rudy's in Teele Square (just north of Davis)? It's delicious. I mean, don't get me wrong, Anna's is great, but it's not sit-down quality. I hear Tu y Yo is great, but never made it there.

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                    yumyum Apr 23, 2007 11:06 AM

                    I don't like the food at Rudy's. The drinks pack a whallop, though.

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                      gini Apr 23, 2007 11:08 AM

                      People probably don't mention it cause it's disgusting. The margaritas sure are powerful though.

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                        hiddenboston Apr 23, 2007 11:14 AM

                        I do like the 151-proof rum at Rudy's. ;-) But the food? Eh. I've had good meals and bad meals there, but nohing memorable.

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                          Joanie Apr 23, 2007 12:24 PM

                          I quite liked my chicken sandwich w/ waffle fries there a few weeks ago.

                      2. re: Bidnezz
                        popehammer Apr 24, 2007 06:29 AM

                        I think that Rudy's has the best margaritas in the Boston area and it's reason enough to stop in. The food is not incredible but I still think it's well above average mexican food relative to other places in the Boston area I've tried. The California Burger is pretty standard. I usually order the Chicken Skewer... The chicken itself is great but the rice it comes with has never been what it could be.

                        1. re: popehammer
                          yumyum Apr 24, 2007 08:11 AM

                          I guess that a California burger and a Chicken Skewer aren't what I think of when someone asks about Mexican food. But they have lasted a very long time, so someone must like it.

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                            foodismyfun Mar 2, 2008 05:20 PM

                            Rudy's bar is awesome great margaritas......chicken pollo verde burrito is awesome nachos awesome, some combo plates are so so, black bean nachois are made with chiplote sauce that is so good too.

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                          dustycolby2 Apr 23, 2007 01:53 PM

                          how about the Forest Cafe on Mass Ave near the temple bar....its pretty decent there.
                          Also, El Guapo in Ball Square in somerville is actually quite good. We have eaten there several times since we live in that neighborhood and have found the food to be quite good.
                          they have great drinks there too!!

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                          1. re: dustycolby2
                            Aromatherapy Apr 23, 2007 02:44 PM

                            El Guapo is defunct. Sound Bites is taking over. Nobody mentioned the Chipotle over at Wellington (never been). Me, I agree with yumyum's recs. ;-)

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                              dustycolby2 Apr 25, 2007 08:02 AM

                              get out of town!!! when did that happen? thats too bad, its always sad to see a restaurant fail...
                              willb e nice to see an expanded sound bites!

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                                buffet king Apr 26, 2007 08:07 AM

                                I have been to the Chipotle at Wellington Circle in Medford once. I got a chicken burrito. It was small, expensive and nothing special. If you want guacamole that's $1.75 extra. I won't return. I like the pork burritos at Tacos Lupita on Elm Street in Somerville. They are much cheaper and tastier.

                            2. onlytwomuses Apr 25, 2007 10:43 AM

                              if you dont mind going to Melrose, Mexico Lindo

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                                lisa13 Apr 25, 2007 07:48 PM

                                I agree. Mexico Lindo is the best mexican I've had in the area. Not taqueria style though. For that, I am still waiting.


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                                  MeffaBabe Apr 27, 2007 06:22 AM

                                  I know at one time Rudy's in Teele Square Somerville was a great local Mexican place. Have not been there in over 10 years so have no idea how good or if its even still there...

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                                bizzy50 Apr 27, 2007 09:19 AM

                                Definitely Mexico Lindo. Plus, with the warm weather on its way, they have a nice patio for outdoor seating and margaritas alfresco.

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                                  macca Apr 27, 2007 09:34 AM

                                  I prefer the outdoor seating- thoug there is not ANY view. I love the restaurant, but it can get quite crowded and loud ( and hot) inside. I much prefer a table outside, with a pitcher of margaritas :}

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                                  ShelT54 Mar 3, 2008 03:36 PM

                                  Jose's on Sherman St. in Fresh Pond is pretty good and Rudy's is ok, especially if you wash the food down with a margarita. Tu Y Yo is too weird a menu for me.

                                  1. InNOutBurger Mar 4, 2008 04:29 AM

                                    Zocalo on Broadway between Alrlington Center and Medford is a great bet. Love the food, very authentic. Their chile rellenos are to die for. Light batter, fried crisp and stuffed with chicken, cheese, shrimp, beef, etc. Great sauces too, a very delicate mole that's the best around in my opinion or the green chile sauce too. It's a can't miss!

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