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Nov 8, 2007 12:50 PM

Weekly Angela's Cafe Update

Four of us met for dinner, the first night of the live Mexican music on Wednesday nights. When we got there at around 7:00, every table was taken and we were able to get the last one. It did clear up a bit later on. We really enjoyed the music. What a nice touch - a young man named Kenneth sang and played guitar. He was so sweet, talkative and friendly, and had a great voice. Just another reason to enjoy and love Angela's Cafe more. Our friends were running late, so we contented ourselves with the excellent chips and salsa. We also enjoyed some nibbles that Angela brought out as we were waiting - a sample of some of the delicious things on the menu - a choriza gordita, fresh queso gordita, and shrimp ceviche, along with tinga, on triangles of fresh-fried tortilas. Another reminder how delicious it all is and that I wish I could everything! For example, I love the tinga, but never have room to order more than the guacamole and one of the entree specials. Last night's were pork with a tomatillo and almond sauce, chile rellenos, and adobo with chicken. Once our friends arrived, we of course started with a molcajete of fresh guacamole. When Joel brought us menus, E asked him about one of his favorite dishes he rarely sees, milanesa de rez (beef), but was told they didn't have it. However, the next thing you know, Joel, Luis' brother, was in the kitchen pounding a steak (milanesa is a thin, pounded breaded cutlet). How nice is that? E could haven't been happier when they brought out his meal - crispy tender beef milanesa with a fresh salad and delicious rajas (roasted poblano peppers with onions and crema). My entree was the pork special - tender slices of boneless pork smothered in a tangy tomatillo sauce with chunks of almonds (almendras) served with tasty Mexican red rice and black beans. The rest of the dishes were a chicken quesadilla (which I didn't try and was polished off) and the pozole blanco, a big bowl of white pozole with pork and hominy, and served with the traditional accompaniments such as ground chili, chopped onions, lime, etc. It was a generous portion and so good, my friend took home what she didn't finish. Another great meal, and we barely finished the two orders of chocolate bread pudding that the four of us shared. Everyone was as friendly and warm as usual - what a nice way to spend a chilly night. Our friends drove in from Brighton, but said it was well worth the drive and, like us, will be back!

Angela's Cafe
131 Lexington St, Boston, MA 02128

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  1. I had a solo late lunch there on Sunday. I have yet to try her mole, the specials always sound so good. I had a hankering for Chile Relleno and it was probably the best I've had, I think she uses queso fresco or something similar, but it was not your typical tex/mex treatment with a river of molten cheese (although that can be good sometimes). I also had tacos arabes which were great. I never had chilaquiles, because based on the description I didn't think I would enjoy it, but a guy sitting at the counter next to ordered it with streak and it looked and smelled incredible ( dang there's another dish that going to keep me from the mole). For a bonus Angela was making hand made tortillas that day and they sent me over a few at no charge.As an aside, to my amusement they serve eggs benny for breakfast, just something I wouldn't have expected I guess. Luis was friendly as usual, just a great place.

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    1. re: Food4Thought

      Oh, you have to have the mole one of these days. It's really fantastic. I know what you mean - so many dishes (and cooked from scratch out of that small kitchen)! I actually love chilaquiles, though still haven't had them here yet. Every time we go I think of ordering them, but instead try one of the specials, but want to order a previous favorite, but I can't because there is always something new and delicious to try, but look at what that table ordered, but Luis just recommended this, but Angela says we have to try that, but now I'm full after the guacamole and chips, but that looks so good..... ; )

      I guess the only solution is to go more often!

    2. It really is quite a wonderful place. Angela herself is so charming. When we had our Hound outing there, I told her her food was "muy bueno."

      Her response was, "only one muy?"

      Cracked me up.

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      1. re: Bostonbob3

        When is the best time to go? I'm aiming for Saturday lunch---should I go on the late side?

        1. re: bella_sarda

          I've been a few times, but only in the evenings for dinner. Angela's always been cooking then.

          1. re: bella_sarda

            We've been for both lunch and dinner. Angela is in the kitchen every day, all day (seven days a week; until 9 p.m., except for Sundays when they close at 3). She told us when she was younger and cooking at the restaurant in Mexico, she'd be in the kitchen from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., and still had energy to go out dancing after work ; ) She says she just loves to cook! Lucky us.

            1. re: Rubee

              Hey, a quick question....they do not have a liquor license, right? Can you bring in beer or wine?

              1. re: Sugar04

                This is one place where, much as I would love to have a beer or glass of sangria with the food, I would not care if he never got one. Amazing, amazing place.

                There's no such thing as a BYOB license in Boston. There are places that illegally allow BYOB, but I don't discuss them on Chowhound, and encourage others not to.

                The legit license options are beer/wine, beer/wine/cordial, and all-alcohol. The state legislature added 55 new licenses (25 all-alcohol, 30 beer/wine) to Boston's pool of 970 licenses (650 all-alcohol, 320 beer/wine) early this year. The new licenses can't be sold or transferred, unlike the old ones, which can fetch $200-300K in a sale.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  One thing I forgot to check on my last visit: is it Angela's Cafe, or Cafe Angela? I thought it was the latter, but I've seen the former used multiple times now on this board.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    It is Angela's Cafe, according to Luis' business card. Yes, then he may be attempting a beer/wine license. In any case, they had a special red wine sangria last night, of which they were offering as complimentary, small "aperitifs" in small plastic cups . (Since, without the license, you can't charge anything, as I understand it.) It was a nice gesture, as are all their touches. My friend enjoyed several samples and we tipped accordingly. :).

                  2. re: MC Slim JB

                    "There are places that illegally allow BYOB, but I don't discuss them on Chowhound, and encourage others not to"

                    Thanks for pointing that out MC - I don't think everyone realizes that and cringe every time someone posts by name a restaurant (for example "xxxx in Chinatown lets you BYOB").

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Thanks for the tip. I didn't realize that BYOB wasn't legal in Boston.

            2. Hi all - A quick note for those taking the T this weekend - on Sunday, the Blueline shuttle busses will NOT stop at Airport T stop (reportedly), so walk from Maverick or Wood Island - Ask someone to get you to Bremen St. and then - from Maverick, take a left on Brooks, from Wood Island take a right onto Brooks. (There are several ways to walk - but this was the easiest way to describe.) Saturday, shuttle busses will bring you to Airport -see walking directions here -