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Apr 11, 2008 06:37 PM

Best Boston Area Mexican

Where's the best in the area? I'm so happy just to eat Mexican that it's hard for me to discriminate. To my mind the test is: Do they have good chile rellenos and tamales? If yes, I'm happy. I usually go for a triple combo with those two dishes and a taco or an enchillada.

I like (in no particular order): Taqueria Mexico, Acapulcos, Cancun (N Plymouth), Tu y Yo, Ole, Zocalo Cucina, and Ixtapa. I'm not a fan of Sierra's in Sudbury...I don't really count it as a Mexican restaurant. The Border Cafe an On the Border are OK. It's been a while, but I wasn't blown away with Casa Romero. Long time since I've eaten at Sol Azteca, but I have a positive memory. Probably my fave is Cancun, but that may be because when I eat there I'm happy to be on my way to the Cape.

So, what do you think folks?

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    1. re: bartleby


      t's located in E Boston and has some truly fabulous food...not just a tacqueria, with burritos, etc..but genuine Mex dishes cooked by a talented woman from Puebla...and helped by her family.

      Really worth a trip if you love Mexican food. Don't miss the mole...and be sure to check the specials menu..which changes. It's comparable to the best I've had in Mexico.

      The guacamole is also not to be missed.

      1. re: 9lives

        They're now serving most of the specials every day (mole, adobo, pepian, shrimp with cilantro...) and these are now all on the new printed menus, along with rajas and other goodies.

        This weekend they also have huazontles, "Mexican broccoli" in a shell of egg (?) with a light broth...and may have gazpacho...The huazontles are something eaten for Holy Week, but greens are still available so Angela has made more this weekend.

        1. re: fredid

          That is a poor translation for Huazontles.... its a vegetable native to the Mexico City area that resembles a cross between leafy spinach & broccoli (the little balls)... its par boiled, rolled up with melting cheese, dusted in flour, egg wash, pan fried, then simmered / baked in a thin cooked Tomato or Pasilla salsa.

          1. re: Eat_Nopal

            Thanks for the clarity! Chowhounders to the rescue (of good information from bad) once again!

    2. Angela's in East Boston for sure, Tu Y Yo in Davis also pretty solid

      1. Angela's Cafe is my favorite. Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham is my second favorite.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Tu y Yo is in a better class - "homestyle Mexican restaurants"?

          I've been a fan for years, but I want to broaden my experience - out of curiosity, because chowhounds have described walking there from the "Airport" T stop, is ANGELA'S very close & someplace you could easily drag a suitcase en route to Logan? Or is that an inconvenient (bad) idea?

          1. re: beacon_hill_boy

            It's a 7 minute walk, 6 short blocks. If your suitcase is on wheels, no problem! (BTW, returning to the Airport T stop and airport busses, you don't need to pay a fare - there are elevators and a stairway available outside the fare gates.)

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I had to thank MC for recommending El Amigo. I've been a few times already and it's easily the closest to authentic Mexican I've had in Boston (I'm from LA). Angela's is really great, but El Amigo is good street Mexican, and it reminds me of home.

            Most importantly, they GRILL their flour tortillas for burritos, so they aren't gummy, unlike literally every other burrito I have had in the greater Boston area.

            So thank you. You've made one displaced Angeleno find at least a close approximation of home.

            1. re: bza

              I could not be happier to hear that folks are going out of their way to patronize El Amigo. I just love that little place, was thrilled to find it still going strong recently (and plug it in a Boston Phoenix review). That was probably the happiest discovery from my most recent stint working in Waltham.

          3. I'll agree with Angela's. I also give very high marks to Tres Amigos in Stoneham. And I've found Mexico Lindo in Melrose to be consistently good.

            1. Here are my top 5, in order, more or less:

              1) Angela's Cafe, East Boston
              2) Cafe Azteca, Lawrence
              3) La Siesta, Winthrop
              4) Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham
              5) El Sarape, Braintree

              Taqueria La Mexicana in Somerville is somewhere on this list, too, but I haven't been there in a few years...