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Jan 11, 2008 11:45 AM

Pretty darn real Mexican at Calgary Farmers' Market

In the bay where that seafood place was momentarily at CFM, we now (opened today!) a REAL Mexican place called Don.... something. Don Antonio? I think Don Antonio. They have a full menu of tacos-burritos-flautas and such, NO SHREDDED LETTUCE, CORN tortillas for tacos- it's enough to make me cry.

I only had the Carne Asado Tacos today but they leave me with great hope: 4 tacos of nice beef with a light slather of their red salsa, cilantro, green onions and radishes. No hateful lettuce! No cheddar! No pico de gallo either but these were very good. Unfortunately you can't order tacos a la carte but the rice and beans were pretty good too. 4 tacos and rice and beans are $9.75. Yes, you can get four tacos for maybe $6 in SF or wherever, but this is pretty fantastic.

I look forward to trying one of my fave things- a real chile colorado burrito with beef and potatoes- something I've never even seen on menu in Canada.

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  1. if only they served breakfast Kolaches, (this might be houston thing)
    thanks john for the update, i'm on my way for tonights dinner takeout!
    do they make their own hot sauce?

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    1. re: cdn

      YES THEY DO!

      And I meant "carna asada" of course :)

      1. re: John Manzo

        so im back with dinner, tried the hot salsa.....not that hot. but i understand that the owner will be carrying more selection as he gets setteled. they just opened today.
        cant wait to try dinner.

      2. re: cdn

        What are breakfast kolaches? They're Mexican? I only know of kolaches being a Czech pastry, often topped with apricots, or poppy seeds, or a bit of cheese.

        1. re: littlegreenpea

          Yes you are right, but in Houston they have "adopted" them. They fill them with the usual breakfast fillings like eggs, ham, sausage cheese etc. With such a Mexican influence there, they are most popular filled with spicey mexican flavours and served with hot sauce! Some place serve dessert ones too, topped with same types of things you mentioned. Like I said I think its a pretty regional thing but some days I sure do miss them!

          1. re: cdn

            I love Houston kolaches!!!! My favorites were the cheese, sausage & jalepeno (all together) and the strawberry cream cheese. They were kind of like toppings inside a dinner roll type thing. Hard to explain but very, very yummy!

            1. re: cdn

              Wow, I had no idea. That sounds wonderful. I'll have to get to Houston some time!

        2. Excellent news! I was wondering what was going to become of that stall. Thanks again for the update :)

          1. we busted out the hot sauce and a selbach-oster riesling-kabinett and had an early dinner. (i couldnt wait much longer) AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. we have had our fair share of mexican and this ranks pretty close to the mexican lunch wagons....i say that meaning the lunch wagons are the best mexican on the planet, those ladies know how to cook!
            i'm looking forward to the expanded menu, hotter hot salsa, and a whole lot o'takeout.

            1. went back today, we shared a chile colorado burrito, chicken "tres colores" enchiladas and one big fat chicken tamale. Everything was very good, especially the enchiladas, but I have a big gripe: The burrito was $12.95, which was for the tiniest burrito I have ever seen. It was tasty, yes, but I'd say they had better either reduce that charge to, say, $5.95 or else make the order two (or three) of these things. Delicious, but no way am I ordering it again.

              The tamale was a lot bigger than ones I grew up with and completely delightful- at only $3.25 which included rice and beans (we are not sure if that was a screwup or not) it's great value.

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              1. re: John Manzo

                I was all excited to come home and have something to try - you had to ruin it with a 12.95 price tag John!? At least if they do a decent taco with real fillings (cmon lengua! al pastor! carnitas!), it'll be worth something.

                Oh, did they have fresh lime for the tacos? Radishes are key, but they need the tartness of the lime. Mi Tu Tierre (sp?) offered me lemon. Lemon!?

                1. re: yen

                  they have al pastor tacos, not sure about the lime issue though something tells me you can buy a lime at the market somewhere.

                  the TACOS are cheaper- 4 w/ rice and beans (very good btw) for $9.75.

                  1. re: John Manzo

                    Buy my own? That's like saying going to your favourite sushi bar and buying your own soy, buying a burger and buying your own ketchup - i always COULD, but i shouldnt have to.

                    1. re: yen

                      Yen I am pretty sure they have limes. It wasn't my priority so I did not see it. But a lime is what, a quarter? It's not like a bottle of soy sauce or ketchup.

                      I'm not saying it's all right to have to supply your own but they are still working things out there, they only opened 2 days ago.

                  2. re: yen

                    I tried the al pastor tacos today and they were really good. It was $9.75 for 4 small tacos. The plate came with rice, beans, sour cream, salsa & a wedge of lime. Everything was very yummy and well spiced though not hot at all. I added salsa to everything and it added taste but no heat. I would like an option for "hot" as opposed to "canadian" spiced. Coming from the US (Texas), I find that most of the Mexican food is de-heated for the Canadian palate. I will definitely be back though I did find it a bit pricy. The enchiladas looked interesting but I didn't want to shell out $12.95. Obviously neither did anyone else as I was the only person in line (though the Greek place next stall had about 15 people in line). They need to get more staff as well b/c the person who took my order disappeared for >5 minutes after I ordered so no one could have ordered if they had wanted to. Hopefully they get it together & stay open b/c the food IS good.

                  3. re: John Manzo

                    I was at Don Antonio's today too - just had to try it based on the earlier posts. I agree the $12.95 price tag was difficult to swallow.

                    I had the Enchiladas Pablanas and while I didn't like paying so much they were delicious! I'm no expert when it comes to real Mexican food but the cocoa sauce (which, I thought that was a mole??) was amazing...spicy but not overpoweringly so (which is nice since I'm a bit of a whimp). My $12.95 also got me a small side of rice and refritos and a tiny almost garnish size green salad topped with some excellent guacamole. If it weren't considered rude I might have licked the remaining cocoa out of the non-biodegradable styrofoam container.

                    1. re: maplesugar

                      It is mole.

                      Folks, if $12.95 is too much it behooves us to let them know. They seem to have thrown darts at prices.

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        I didn't but I will next time - I did mention that they were getting buzz on here though :)

                        and thanks, I thought that was mole and was puzzled as to why it wasn't listed as that on the menu... I'm sure they're just working out the kinks but there were a few times while I was waiting on my order and for the people before me that the counter person disappeared into the back... a few people walked away muttering about no one being there to serve.

                      2. re: maplesugar

                        I have to go now...I am hoping next week I can get there. I am all about Mole... when you can add cocoa in the main meal it doesn't get better than that!

                    2. Does anybody know what time this place is open till? Is it in the farmers market? I have never been to the market... Thanks for any info!!

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                      1. re: Sharksgirl

                        yep, in the market, open market hours, 9-5 fri sat 9-4 sunday.

                        1. re: John Manzo

                          The filling for the chile verde burrito was cooked very nice & had great flavor & meat was very tender. For $12.95 this burrito should weigh at least 1 lb. It was very small & flimsy. They need to buy large tortillas & wrap their burrito tightly in tin foil. It is then eaten by peeling away the foil. The rice seemed to be converted rice, it did not have that puffed quality that good mexican rice has. Best thing about checking this place out was it has made want to cook more mexican at home. Calgary is still very far away from having a good taqueria.
                          Check out the following site for more burrito info