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Feb 26, 2008 07:41 AM

Still looking for Good Mexican Restaurants In Greenwich/Stamford/ Norwalk area

Just want something that is fairly traditional and seems fresh and good

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    1. What have you tried so far and what exactly are you looking for? I know that sounds odd, given what you've said above, but there's a big difference I've found in people's expectation around mexican food. Do you want authentic mexican food? Do you need a nice sit down restaurant or are you OK with no ambiance (but good food) taquerias? And, how authentic?

      There's not much in the way of truly good sit down mexican food in lower fairfield. But there are some good taquerias. They won't have ambiance, but you can sure get some good tacos and other similar goodies. And if you are willing to extend to Westchester there are great taquerias...

      In stamford, if you want some mexican food that is good for an american palate, ole mole. If you want something more authentic, go to casa villa or garibaldi mexican pizza and grill (both on West Main). Both can be very good, though they are frustratingly inconsistent. So I can't promise anything there.

      There have been some recent discussions about a few taquerias in Norwalk. I'll let other pipe in. The one I've been to most is Los Portales Grocery. It has a taco stand in the back. They can put out some good tacos too. But, again, they can be inconsistent. Norwalk is the least explored of any of the towns... there are a dozen or so places that I just haven't gotten to yet.

      Greenwich... in my opinion, avoid greenwich like the plague for mexican. Don't set foot in Boxcar or Fonda La Paloma. Poor at best. Avenida, on Greenwich Ave., has gotten mixed reviews on this board. I haven't been, so can't comment. But it's a higher end place if that's what you are looking for.

      If you are interested in Westchester - do a search on Port Chester or White Plains. You can get truly superb tacos there...

      1. re: adamclyde

        The taquerias place in Norwalk sounds good. I have not been to Garibaldi, but the "Mexican Pizza" part kinda scared me off. Casa villa was a place I was not impressed with, but don't they have another location? Is that a chain?
        I am looking for authentic and I know that is hard to find outside of the city or Mexico.

        1. re: PaulaT

          no, there's only one casa villa. The little place on W. Main in stamford. It isn't great, but depending on who's behind the counter, they can offer some good al pastor tacos. But inconsistent.

          quality is the same there as garibaldi and the norwalk places I've tried.

          But it's not hard to find authentic at all if you look at Westchester. Places there are as good - and authentic - as they come around here. Including the city.

          1. re: adamclyde

            if I have to go to Westchester, I'll go...what are your recommendations?

            1. re: PaulaT

              In Port Chester, Tortilla Los Gemelos. Stick to the tacos, sopes, tostadas or tortas. My favorite is carnitas. Excellent. El kiosko across the street makes good huaraches and cemitas. For dessert, you have to go to Paleteria Fernandez, a little mexican ice cream store. Awesome stuff.

              In White Plains, go to Sunshine Deli. Again, the tacos are what to order. If they have it, get cochinita pibil (I've only seen it there twice). Otherwise, the al pastor is great, as are the beef (asada) tacos. The quesadilla with huitlacoche is great there. the oaxacan tamales are OK, but since they are the only place around that sells them, it's worth it.

              In New Rochelle, go to La Herradura. Order from the right hand side of the menu, where they have their tacos "herradura style" which, as far as I can tell, is grilled. Their grilled steak tacos are great, and as a bonus, they hand make their tortillas (or at least used to).

              Also in NR, go to El Michoacano for wonderful carnitas tacos. The best carnitas tacos anywhere around, bar none. Tender, flavorful pork with carmelized onions to top. Just awesome.

              Also in NR, you have mexican corner restaurant and little mexican cafe. If the spit is running (you'll see it in the window of the little lunch corner adjacent to the sit-down area), get the al pastor at LMC. Don't bother if it isn't. At Mexican corner, they have very good sopes.

              There you go. There are more, but those would be my recommendations.

              Good luck!

              Mexican Corner
              497 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

              Tortilleria Los Gemelos
              167 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

              Little Mexican Cafe
              581 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

              El Michoacano
              485 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

              Kiosko Authentic Mexican Restaurant
              220 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

              Paleteria Fernandez
              33 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

              La Herradura
              563 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

              Sunshine Deli
              31 Lake St, White Plains, NY 10603

          2. re: PaulaT

            but the "Mexican Pizza" part kinda scared me off.

            Actually, that might be a good sign. Mexico City has a pretty good pizza culture aside from the 100 Dominos Pizza joints there are dozens, probably 100s of small places with creative toppings & solid crust).... anyway if I saw Mexican place serving Pizza it might be a positive sign that they are from Mexico City and could have more interesting Taco fillings like Guisados (braises & stews), or maybe even Suadero (Beef Belly & Brisket) etc.,

      2. The best I've found (and this is not a rave, mind you) is the place across from Stew Leonard's wines in Norwalk. I think it is called "Las Brisas". Pretty traditional, broad menu, not badly executed. Nothing too exotic, and a southern Californian would probably not consider it great, but I haven't found better. It's easily the best sit-down Mex I've found in the lower FF area.

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        1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

          Is this place called Los Cabos? I know there's the place on the same side as the normal Stews, just going up the hill, and that's across from the Wine Store. Or is there another.

          If it's the same place, I confess that I had a poor meal there. But who knows...

          1. re: adamclyde


            We are thinking about the same is Los Cabos...I have a mental block because in Cabos, MX, there is a great hotel called Las Brisas, and I have a mind like a steel trap, with some rust on it.

        2. Favorite American-Mexican : Viva Zapata
          If you haven't been to Vivas I would suggest waiting till it is warmer and the large patio is open. They serve typical American-Mexican burning hot plate food that delivers. The margs are simple and effective.

          Favorite authentic:Tacos Mexico
          This place is tiny, you can see the kitchen and it is larger then the dining area. Very reasonable pricing along with simple, fresh food always makes this place a treat.

          Viva Zapata Mexican Restaurant
          530 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880

          Tacos Mexico
          82 Fort Point St, Norwalk, CT 06855

          1. I like Rio in Norwalk the best. They are right in the Best Buy shopping center on Rt. 1. My Aunt and Uncle like Rio so much that they eat there once a week!
            Another good one with delicious chicken enchiladas is Tacos Mexico, but I haven't been there in a few years.

            1. I agree that Rio is Norwalk is good, however, Ole Mole on High Ridge Road in Stamford is superior - very fresh and I recommend the Quesadilla San Miguel.