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What's all the fuss about Jose's in Cambridge?

Went last night and waited 40 minutes after my original 8:30 reservation with almost 20 other people who had waited even longer than me (an hour plus). When we were finally seated it was 50 minutes from when we ordered our food to when it arrived at our table - the couple who was seated 15 minutes after us were getting their doggie bags when our plates arrived. After all this we got our food to go and got out of there!

Everyone raves about this "hidden jewel" but when I finally ate my chile relleno it wasn't even close to the best I'd had - next time I'll just go to Ole...

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  1. Actually, I just had two of the best chile rellenos of my life at Angela's Cafe, and this is coming from someone who doesn't actually much like chile rellenos, which are usually better in theory than in practice.

    1. Based on your comments above I searched the Boston board for the "raves about this hidden jewel" - I couldn't find any. I found a number of folks defending it as decent Tex-Mex style comfort food; I also found some people saying it was much better than they had expected because they expected it to be kind of awful. Where exactly did you hear the fuss in the first place?

      If you want some Mexican food worth making a fuss over, get over to East Boston and eat at Angela's Cafe. Good live music on a Saturday night, too!

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      1. re: Allstonian

        Ditto Allstonian. I've had some decent meals, some great drinks, and some terrible service.

      2. I've found that food and service can vary wildly at Joses. If you get seated upstairs things can be a nightmare; we had a really bad experience there in Dec, only a month after a terrific dinner in Oct that I posted about. The other bog negative is that if you are waiting, there's almost nowhere to wait.

        On the plus side, there are margaritas, and there's a parking lot, unlike at Angela's!

        1. no fuss here, though to my surprise I had some tasty pozole one night at jose's.

          1. My questions would be "What fuss?" and "Who's raving?" I've been here a handful of times over the years, and thought it was decent but not great, ultimately concluding it's more work to get out to its remote North Cambridge location than was really worth it to me.

            I definitely don't see it getting a lot of play on Chowhound. So where's all this purported buzz coming from?