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Mexican Restaurant in Warwick, RI ??

I know this is a long shot but there was this place my brother brought me to years ago in I believe was Warwick...the name I think is Casa Lupita (SP) ??? It was right off of 295 South I believe, Does anyone know if it is still there...If not what has taken its place in and around. I remember it as a HUGE very authentic Mexican Restaurant, Are there any more like this in the nothern RI or MA border area ?

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  1. Casa Lupita died years ago.

    1. Sadly Casa Lupita is no more (they had the greatest commercial jingle, "Save a place for me, Casa Lupita!"). It was always mobbed so I don't know quite what happened, but it's been gone for some time. Great brunch, great fried ice cream :( I think it's a real estate business now, or insurance company or something totally unfun.

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      1. re: PaulaK

        Yeah Casa Lupita closed around 10 years ago, so sad. When I need to get my Mexican fix I hit up http://www.eltapatiocranston.com/
        A little tacky inside but the food and drink suit me just fine=)

      2. And to answer the rest of the question: there is no authentic Mexican food, beyond small taquerias, in Rhode Island or SE Mass.
        www.littlecomptonmornings.blogspot.com

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        1. re: janeer

          Though Don Jose's on Atwells Ave is good!

          1. re: janeer

            Was told about a place in Milford, MA called Acapulco's, heard that is what very good !!

            1. re: Jimbosox04

              Avoid On the Border that is in the mall parking lot across from where Casa Lupita was located.

            2. re: janeer

              Wait, are Chilangos and Taqueria Lupita "small taquerias?" or inauthentic?

              1. re: celeriac

                authentic, but small taquerias.

            3. Ohhhh, what a memory. Casa Lupita has, as others have said, been closed for a long time. I think there's an insurance agency there now. I lived on Casa Lupita as a high school/college student. Authentic, however, it was not. It was microwaved nachos and fried bits of something or other and frozen margaritas from the machine. But it was gooood in its own way.

              I've found some great Mexican food here in RI thanks to these very discussion threads. Had no idea they existed---I'd often lament that there was no good Mexican in RI, but there really is. I now get Taqueria Lupita regularly and am trying to find time to try the others suggested.

              If you're in the Warwick area...is Mr. Taco any good (not the same as the taquerias, but it has had its ups as well as downs) currently?

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              1. re: Moonpie1

                Mr.Taco is frightening!

                1. re: gracem

                  Eh, I figured. It was never actually Mexican food, but I had some good meals (and cheap!) there over the years. This would be maybe 15 yrs ago, even more. I used to get this chimichanga w/potatoes and peppers and stuff in it-----just a lot of starchy goodness.

                  Fortunately, there's decent Mexican food in the area now.

              2. I was a Casa Lupita staff member from 1988-1993 when corporate made an ill fated attempt to go "Fresh mex" with Quia's Road House. Despite being on a wait every night, they just did couldn't accept that Rhode Islanders just wanted a great big pile of food for $10.

                mmmmm...Arroz con Pollo with Honey jalepeno sauce
                mmmmm..."extra" fajitas

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                1. re: sbs401

                  Mr. Taco should be avoided...

                2. I have recently heard that Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened a space in Warwick. I love chipotle! I lived in Denver where they originated. I like how almost all of their ingredients are organic and very very fresh. I know they are not "authentic" american...but the burritos are to die for!

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                  1. re: snl1129

                    There is a Chipotle in Warwick on Bald Hill Road. There is also a second store under construction in Garden City Center in Cranston. Not sure of the opening date.

                  2. There is an awesome new restaurant on Smith Street in Providence, too. It's called I Love Mexico and the prices are unbelievable. My husband and I went there and ate chips, salsa, burritos, like 10 different kinds of veggies all for $16. Well worth the trip!!!!