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Boca Loca, 11th Street and 15th Avenue SW, Calgary

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maclock Mar 6, 2008 05:38 PM

I had a rather pleasant lunch at Boca Loca today; it's a tasty dining bargain. I'd recommend popping by if you're in the neighbourhood.

Don't let the informality of this place or an apparently confused afro-latino menu drive you somewhere else. The grub is rather good, especially for the prices that you are asked to pay. Apparently, the original proprietors have relocated to 777 Northmount Drive NW, but the successors at the 11th Street SW location turned out a good lunch for me today.

1512 11th Street SW, Calgary.

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    aktivistin Mar 6, 2008 06:40 PM

    Sounds like this is near the Galaxie Diner? Anything in particular you'd recommend?

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    1. re: aktivistin
      sarah galvin Mar 6, 2008 06:42 PM

      I always buy take-out. I love their salsa verde! Ceviche! Haven't tried much since the new ownership.

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        John Manzo Mar 6, 2008 08:45 PM

        I know it's beyond easy to make your own guac, but theirs is so darn good I buy it all the time. Also excellent source for superb wheat and corn tortillas, not to mention adobo, tomatillas, mole, etc etc etc.

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          young lion Mar 8, 2008 09:28 AM

          I live upstairs from Boca Loca, and have yet to try it.

          Maybe this afternoon I will pop down and have a look around.
          Will report back!

      2. sharonanne Mar 8, 2008 02:00 PM

        Made a visit yesterday. They were out of but small corn tortillas. Bought those, the guac, fresh salsa, a seasoning mix that was new to me and queso fresca.

        Everything was very good. The tomatoes in the salsa were as wimpy as the ones I find in the supermarket right now but still better than having to make my own. Yeah, guac is easy to make but this is good and you can't always get avocadoes of the correct ripeness when you want them.

        The seasoning mix is labelled tomato/cilantro and was very nice mixed into meat. I think the tortillas were the real score. They even smell right when being warmed up.

        There's just something about having real queso fresca too.

        The tomatillos looked good but they only had 3. The mango was lonely and bruised looking.

        Worth the trip for the tortillas and cheese but don't count on the produce.

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        1. re: sharonanne
          Jetgirly Mar 15, 2008 02:03 AM

          When I lived in Victoria I was never able to find large corn tortillas, then I had the same problem when I moved to Calgary. I went to both Boca Loca locations and could only find small ones, but didn't ask about large ones. I am living in Mexico now and have come to the conclusion that large corn tortillas don't exist. Or, if they do, they shouldn't. I've never seen them here; in fact, the only large tortillas you can buy here are flour and imported from the States.

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            sharonanne Mar 15, 2008 09:12 AM

            Sorry, I worded that badly. I was looking for large flour tortillas, I asked but they had none.
            If I could edit, I would. I did not mean "small corn" as opposed to "large corn" but "small tortilla" as opposed to "large tortilla."

            1. re: Jetgirly
              John Manzo Mar 15, 2008 09:32 AM

              Corn tortillas come in one size, basically. Small.

              1. re: Jetgirly
                sweeterpea Mar 15, 2008 03:49 PM

                On our trips to Mexico, I've never seen a large corn tortilla, I think they only make them in one size.

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