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Taqueria La Mexicana is expanding

After a fabulous plate of nachos at Taqueria La Mexicana this afternoon (freshly fried chips make the dish), we had a long chat with taco Bob, the owner. He has purchased the building from his previous landlord and is currently renovating the space next door, the former and unlamented (by me and most of the neighbors anyway) Irish Eyes bar. He took us on a tour of the construction. It's a big space and he's planning on opening an 80 seat dining room with a full bar (can you say margaritas? Bob can) when the work is done in November or December. The kitchen will expand a bit into the current dining room and that side of the restaurant will remain open for take out business. Bob's super nice, and he and his wife turn out fantastic chow. Go in and chat with him and I'm sure he'll be happy to show you his expansion plans too.

Perhaps a chow excursion will be in order when the dining room opens. I for one am very excited.

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  1. Oh excellent. Last time I talked to him there were tax issues with the Irish Eyes space ... so glad he persevered. I am hoping that the expansion doesn't take anything away from the food. It's my favorite guilty pleasure places ... nachos with carnitas!!!

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    1. re: yumyum

      Yay for Roberto Rendon! This is great news. I thought for sure this was dead when I spoke with him last spring due to the aforementioned tax issues. I saw the work going on when I was there for a late lunch on Friday (killer pork taco plate - mmmmm), but Roberto was not in and I was in a hurry so I did not inquire. Considering that La Taq has been serving up the same great food since 1994, this expansion is a true neighborhood success story.

      I hope I can make the chow excursion in a few months! I'm getting hungry just thinking about the tamals, nachos, enchiladas, tacos and other yummy goodies that will undoubtedly be part of this.

      1. re: Bob MacAdoo

        Roberto was kind enough to give me a tour of the construction space when I stopped by for some lunchtime Chili Rellenos.

        If things come together, he says they will be open in January (I suspect February is more likely the date.)

        One note to the regulars: He is shutting down around Thanksgiving to expand the kitchen. The closing will last two weeks.

        On the positive side, the expansion will bring an expanded menu. I could not pry the particulars from him, but he did mention that entrees with mole will be one new offering. Should be interesting to see what he comes up with.

        1. re: Bob MacAdoo

          Robert's wife is working on some new dishes and she asked me to come by to give her some constructive criticism. They're pretty excited about the whole thing.

          1. re: almansa

            Excited and nervous was the vibe I got from him. They've put a lot on the line to both buy the building and do the renovations. As I said in the OP, I'm excited. By the way, we had take-out from them last weekend and I was apprehensive about the nachos surviving their journey back to Davis Square, but they were delicious and not soggy.

            1. re: DavisSquare

              I think they will do just fine. My sense is that if the place in Inman (Ole) can do very well well just serving dinner, brunch and drinks at a much higher price point (apps $5-11, entress $18-27), La Taq will do killer busness thanks to its great food, its low prices, and it's liquor license, which I did not ask about per se, but I imagine is a 1:00 a.m.

              I just hope they keep the take out and catering going. I don't get out as much as I'd like, so these are two important options for me and my family.

    2. Great news. I absolutely love the food there, but occasionally pass by the place because I'm looking for more atmosphere. Come December I'll probably be going there a lot more often!

      1. Does anyone know if they plan to shut down for any period of time for renoviations? This is a favorite spot of mine, and I would be dissapointed to trek over there to find it closed.

        Also, anyone else concerned about parking? It can be tough down there at times, and my guess is that this will add to the problem.

        I look forward to seeing what they do with the place though, as well as trying their margaritas. Good for them.

        1. This is great news, and dulls the pain a bit from the bad news of O Cantinho's recent demise, which I just found out about.

          1. Just receinty had the pleasure of eating there thanks to a couple of Somerville cops. The food was great. Just like the Mexican I get while in TX. Bob and the Somerville PD are like family. So, we really got special treatment.

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            1. re: slade

              sweetness! thanks for the news! i usually wind up at rudys cafe for margaritas but taq mex is so much closer! and hopefully the prices will be friendlier than ole.

            2. Just went there for the first time and wow: this is the first real dive mexican I've seen since california. As soon as I walked in I smelled the weird smell that <i>all</i> to go latin american places have. I don't know how to describe it, but it hit me like a ton of bricks.I had the enchilada and chili relleno, which was decent enough, but the menu promised rice and beans and they failed to deliver. Six bucks is a good price for a meal, but would it kill them to give me cheap rice and beans? But the food was the real deal: not the best quality meat but it was done right. Properly cooked tortillas, the chili relleno wasn't super fried like they do at Zocalo, it was all good. It was like being back in a California dive taqueria.

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              1. re: foolishmortal

                It's often hard to get exactly what you want unless you're very clear and double check. It's not enough to use the words on the menu or on the little picture board. You need to ask specifically for what you want on the plate. For example, "enchilada plate" is not a good thing to say; instead, you should say "two cheese enchiladas with rice and refried beans". I'm not sure exactly why this is, and it happens with Roberto and with at least two other people behind the counter, but there you have it.

                1. re: DavisSquare

                  Aren't they currently closed for the update to the kitchen? (I tried to go yesterday one last time before they started it, but there was already butcher paper in the window and a permit.) Also their juices don't get talked about enough, just plain simple tasty juice.

                  1. re: itaunas

                    Yea, Roberto mentioned last weekend that he was going to be closing for 10 days to expand the kitchen in preparation for opening up the new dining room. I'm a bit hazy on which 10 days those were, but I guess it's these 10 days. I wouldn't be surprised if 10 days turns into 2 weeks or more. This is not the opening of the new dining room, I think.

                    I really like the juices, too, in particular mango and cantaloupe. And their horchata is supposed to be good too, but I don't like horchata so...

              2. Sooo any update. I'm craving tamales. Anyone know if TLM is re-opened?

                1. Yes it is. Well not the whole new part, but the redone original area is re-opened