La Verdad--3 out of 4 is pretty damn good
First of all, loved the guac and chips. Great, fresh, thick chips sprinkled with the same cojita cheese that's on the grilled corn, and as for the guac--I know some have mentioned they'd prefer it with a chile bite, but for me very simple avo and citrus mash is a refreshing treat.
Tried 3 tacos: pollo pibil, pastor traditionale and shrimp in governor sauce. Only the former disappointed--chicken was dry. But the other 2 had more flavor than I knew what to do with; they were dripping all over the place.
They are small but they're piled pretty high.
DC had the chile relleno-stuffed torta. It was HUGE, at least 1.5 times the size of Lupita's--which I adore--and looked remarkable. Gotta do that next, and a margarita.
Place was nice and quiet, too.
We headed to La Verdad Sunday, 'round 7pm. VERY quiet in there - we had our choice of bar stools. We just wanted a pre-dinner snack, so we ordered 4 tacos. B had the carne asada, I had the shrimp, and we both had the fish. Carne asada came out first - we both were taken aback by the small-ness of the portion (we thought it was some plate of condiment at first). He found it tasty but lacking something. Shrimp came next - too much sauce. I had to eat some of the filling with my fork before even attempting to hoist it to my mouth. Tasty flavors, though. Honestly, I would eat that over rice any day rather than in a taco. Then we both got the fish - very nice hand with the deep fryer in the kitchen. Sprightly lime cream with subtle heat (could've used a bit more). Good-sized chuck of of white fish (type?). I was a little disappointed that the tacos were not served with 2 tortillas/serving. We'll give them another try soon, maybe before our next Sox game (Thursday).
re: a l i c e
Hey, I was there at the same time!
The verdict on Verdad - I would definitely go back here - great food, more casual than I was expecting - certainly at the top of my list of Boston mexican restaurants.
Toro corn was great (of course). DP and I shared a bunch of tacos: carnitas, lengua, fish, shrimp, carne asada, pollo pibil, al pastor, ... to name a few. Our favorite was the fish taco - by far the best I have had in Boston (and my buddy is from San Diego so he should know).
Probably had too many drinks. The margaritas are GOOD but really too sweet for my taste: they use agave nectar to sweeten it, a bit too much. Some of the other cocktails were interesting, maybe not strong enough - the michelada had a higher lime to beer ratio than I was expecting; one of the cocktails with tequila, ginger ale, and cilantro seemed a little watered down.
Only MAJOR complaint: The tacos were cold by the time we got to the 3rd or 4th one. They really should use heated plates or something. Then again maybe I should have just wolfed them down in record time instead ... it was tempting...
We didn't have any service problems as reported by other folks -- maybe that's 'cuz the place was pretty much empty. Still, they were nice and the drinks and food came out quickly.
re: Sgt Snackers
I had a michelada as well (Dos Equis beer with fresh lime juice, splash of hot sauce with a salt rim) and had the same reaction. Also, way too much ice for my taste (I'd rather take it with no ice at all - who likes drinking beer out of a straw? Not I!). I expected it to be more like a lime shandy.
re: Sgt Snackers
In my experience, ordering more than 2 tacos at once (per person) is a bad idea. The 3rd, 4th, etc. (even 2nd sometimes) is usually a) cold by the time you eat it or b) the juices have soaked through the corn tortilla, making it fall apart. Of course this is hard to do at a place working out new kinks as your 2nd order may not come out for a while.
Checked this out Sunday for lunch. A dreary Sunday and the Sox were out of town so we felt confident we would not run into any service issues. As a matter of fact our waiter was very helpful and attentive.
Started out with the corn, just as good as it is at Toro and I did not suffer tiny kernal syndrome. Also had the Guacamole and chips, which rounds out the app offerings, at least for their lunch menu. The Guac was nicely executed, creamy and chunky and very fresh. The tortilla chips were quite a bit thicker than I'm accustomed to and fried to a deep brown and sprinkled with cotija cheese as mentioned above.
All of the tacos sounded great. The notion of a fish taco never really appealed to me (like chicken on a pizza) and it seems generally agreed that real good Mexican in Boston is the exception, not the norm, but due to the kudos given to this dish at La Verdad, I decided that I'd give it a shot and I'm very glad I did. My only quibble would be that the marinated cabbage carried a bit to much liquid and things got soggy fast, but seeing that it is a 2 to 4 bite affair, no big deal. I also had the Benny Lengua, which was tasty, my wife got the carne asada which she really enjoyed and I got a bite of her Chile Relleno which I thought was great.
This probably would have been one of the cheapest dining experiences for us in quite some time if the darned house Margaritas weren't so addicting and smooth going down. We'll be going back. One thing that I'm curious about though, is the take out. It didn't seem as though some of these tacos would travel very well.
I tried La Verdad out last night with my wife after a movie at the Fenway 13. We were there during the 9th and 10th innings of the Sox game, so the place was pretty empty. We sat at the bar and the service was great, but I would be interested to see what it is like with more of a crowd.
As a native Texan, I feel more than qualified to comment on the quality of a Mexican food joint in Boston--even if it is more of a California Mexican than Tex-Mex place. We started with the guacamole and chips. The chips were really crispy and not greasy at all. Very good, but I prefer mine a little thinner. Now I don't know who told Ken Oringer that guacamole is just mashed up avocado, but it ain't! The avocado was very fresh and tasty, but it needed vegetables (tomatoes, onions, chili's) and more of a kick. The beauty of good guacamole is the mixture of the fire from the chili peppers and coolness of the avocado. Also, the salsa's that were served with the chips and guacamole both needed more heat.
We both had just tacos after the chips. I had the fish, chile relleno and pastor traditionale. My wife had the fish and shrimp. The fish tacos were awesome--tasted just like they do in San Diego. My wife said the shrimp was great too, but I didn't try it. I loved the chile relleno and pastor traditionale. They both had the heat I am looking for in good Mexican food. Also, they had a good selection of Mexican beer. Bohemia is a tough find around here, but I think they should add Pacifico.
Overall I think La Verdad will become a go-to place for Mexican in this town for me.