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Calling all hounds: Angela's Cafe needs your help!

So based entirely on the reviews on this board, I drove to East Boston tonight for dinner at Angela's Cafe. I ordered the guacamole and the mole chicken plate, and it was everything that I hoped it would be. This place is what Chowhound is all about: out of the way, inexpensive, unpretentious, friendly, fresh, unique and, most of all, delicious. Sure Chowhound is useful for deciding between Aujord 'Hui and L'Esaplier for a special dinner, or for deciding whether to go for the gnocchi at No. 9 Park or the dover sole at Mistral when looking to blow $150/person on a meal, but discovering a place like Angela's is, IMHO, the real raison d'etre of the board.

The place was empty when I showed up for an early dinner tonight, so Luis, who runs the place with his family, had plenty of time to talk to me. When I asked him how business had been, he responded somewhat reservedly, saying that they've been doing "ok" and pointing out that they've only been open for four months. Angela's is too good of a place to just be doing "ok." If you haven't been yet, please try the place. With good directions or a GPS unit, it's pretty easy to find. And it's just a 10 minute walk from the Airport stop on the Blue Line. And then once you discover how great this place is, please tell all your friends. Sure it would be nice if we could always walk in and get a table right away, but the family that runs this place deserves to have its hard work and talent rewarded.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up - we will definitely check it out!

    1. I agree with all the above!

      Link to map and info:

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

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      1. re: Rubee

        Includes EASY driving directions - 2 minutes from Sumner tunnel!

      2. Is the Blue Line still under construction on weekends? That's been seriously hampering our ability to head out to Eastie. Were it not for that issue, we'd be far more regular customers.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          No construction AT ALL last few weeks!
          Go to http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trans... on the day you want to go...(This is the T website, click on Rider Tools, then Service Updates, if you prefer.) Those who know me, or have seen my email, may email me for the latest....

        2. How's the parking in the area?

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          1. re: makonna

            The restaurant is on the corner of Lexington and Brooks Streets. I did not find any spots on Lexington Street, but circled back around to Brooks Street (by taking a right on Putnam, another right on Saratoga, and another right on Brooks) and found plenty of spaces on the block just before getting back to Lexington Street.

          2. Sadly, all businesses exist for the purpose of generating profit, and no business "deserves" to succeed if it can't deliver what people want... it takes a pretty serious cheap eats place to survive primarily on "bridge and tunnel" customers. For example, as great as Di Fara in Brooklyn is, I don't go there every time I visit NYC, because as a restaurant gets farther away, the value of its price and flavor can only decrease. If it costs several dollars per person and an extra ~30 minutes for a couple to go to out to Eastie for dinner, that means an Eastie restaurant will need a base of Eastie customers.

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            1. re: Luther

              Thank you, Milton Friedman. : )

              1. I don't know why it's sad that businesses exist to generate a profit. It's kinda fundamental to our economy, eh?

              2. This is "a pretty serious cheap eats place."

              3. I never suggested that they're gonna survive primarily on "brige and tunnel" customers. Di Fara serves mostly locals, but also attracts lots of visitors from elsewhere in Brooklyn and the other boroughs.

              4. I think they're doing pretty well with the locals. I'm just trying to spread the word. Like Di Fara, I'd like to see them do well with the locals and with the "bridge and tunnel" crowd.

              1. re: Blumie

                Just trying to impart my particular view of the place. I've seen 1,001 good reviews of it on CH, but I haven't gone yet, because it's just too hard to drag myself out there when there's so much to eat in Allstocamberville.

                1. re: Luther

                  Been to Angela's twice, and think its the best and most authentic Mexican I've had in New England. Having recently scoured the Allston/Cambridge/Somerville areas for good Mexican, I'd say the trek to Eastie is worth the difference in quality.

                    1. re: Luther

                      As a Texan who lives in Allston, I assure you, Angela's is more than worth the whopping half-hour it takes to get there from Packards Corner via the T. Yes, there are plenty of lovely things to eat here in my neighborhood -- Brighton Avenue has the highest concentration of Chow in the city right now -- but there is nothing even remotely comparable to Angela's here.

                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                        30 min on the B line to blue line to Angela's? The MBTA gods are obviously with you.

                        1. re: Joanie

                          We struggle about this all the time. He insists that it's only about 20 minutes from Packard's Corner to Park Street, which it is, if you don't count waiting time, the train is not crowded, and traffic is clear. In actual fact it took us about 45 minutes last Saturday night, but we were extremely lucky in our connections and traffic was pretty light.

                          1. re: Allstonian

                            If you get off the t at the maverick stop its closer than the airport stop. It is also only like 15 minutes including walking once you get on the t at government center.

                            1. re: redjustinsox

                              Angela's absolutely is NOT closer to the Maverick station. The Airport station is the closest.

                      2. re: Luther

                        For me, Angela's is the best new restaurant in the Boston area for 2007. I go there once every couple of weeks, and I drive in from outside 128. It's just a few minutes beyond Santarpio's. Having lived in California for a while, the Mexican food scene here has been disappointing. There are a few places here that are pretty good, but not outstanding. Angela's is outstanding. If you want a taste of one of the world's great cuisines, go to Angela's.

                        1. re: junior coyote

                          I sincerely hope that Angela's succeeds and lasts until all of the new condos and apartments go in along the waterfront and the water trasport is restored to East Boston. Once the area around Maverick is finished and we have the additional residents they should do quite well as the food is excellent as are the prices.

                          With the wonderful art galleries that have opened here in Eastie there is more to attract visitors. We're making the rounds again this weekend of the New England Gallery of Latin American Art, the Atlantic Works gallery and the new 80 Border Street cultural exchange center.

                    2. re: Luther

                      Luther - seriously, I get the Difara's reference. I can't get my husband out there when we're in NY. For example, I convinced him to take the 20-minute cab ride to Lotus of Siam in Vegas - which he thought was fantastic, but we haven't been back to since because he hates 'going off the strip'. BUT, he's not a Chowhound. However, from your posts - you certainly are. To post in response to Blumie's threads just to reply and say you've never been there because "it's too hard to drag myself out there"? You're kidding, right? I know from all the wonderful info you've shared, that you love food.

                      The whole 'credo' of CH is -

                      "Everyone has one in his life: the brother-in-law with a collection of 800 takeout menus, the co-worker who's late from lunch because she HAD to trek to one end of town for soup and to the other for a sandwich.

                      http://www.chowhound.com/manifesto

                      I'd hope you don't miss out on this wonderful place that, personally, I found out about on this very board. Order the guacamole, then maybe a ceviche or tinga tostada, or a salad with nopales, and finish with one of the nightly specials - I'm partial to the adobo, or maybe the enchiladas, or delicious pipian, but I love the mole too.......