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New Mexican Food Restaurant Waterville, ME

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There is a new Mexican food place in Waterville. It is called CanCun and is located at 14 Silver St. Waterville. (207) 872-7400. First of all I have to explain that I moved from Northern California to Maine four years ago and I haven't had a decent Mexican meal since leaving CA. We have tried and tried to locate something that was kind of authentic. (You have to understand there are almost no Mexican people in Maine or at least in our area). There is a chain Mexican restaurant here called Margaritas but it doesn't satisfy our desire for more "real" Mexican food. Some places we have tried were absolutely horrid. We had almost given up finding something in our area. CanCun opened a couple of months ago. We read about it in our local paper and even though we had almost decided to not ever try another Mexican restaurant in Maine, we decided to give it a try. We are SO GLAD we did. The salsa and chips that they set on the table almost as soon as we sat down were the most authentic (actual cilantro in the salsa) we have had. I was incredibly excited to see that they had a tamale on their menu. I haven't had one in 4 years. They have the typical things..enchiladas, tacos, burritos. They also have many different fajitas. We were so impressed and excited the first meal we had there at lunch we also ordered again and took another meal home to heat up for supper that night. They were so good that they even packed us up some chips and salsa in the "to-go" bag. That was pretty exciting to find later in the evening. We tried their carnitas dinner (wonderful, will do again, also the first time we have had carnitas since moving here), mole poblano (very good mole sauce), chile Colorado (spiciest thing we have had since moving here), and chile poblanos. The poblano peppers were wonderful. Their sauces are very good. Their refried beans taste homemade. I asked the waiter if anyone was in the back making fresh tortillas and he said "no". He did say that the only way to get some would be to come to his house because his wife makes them all the time. We were very tempted to invite ourselves. There's nothing like fresh tortillas. For the most part Mainers aren't very fond of spicy food. Many people from away that have moved here really miss Mexican food. We are really hoping CanCun gets enough business to stay in open. It would be a shame to finally get an authentic Mexican restaurant and then have it not make it. We told them we intend on telling as many people about their restaurant and driving over as often as possible to help keep them open.

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  1. Thanks for the recommendation. We also moved from No. Cal several years ago and one of the (few) things I miss is good Mexican food. I will be sure to try this place soon.

    Have you tried El Camino in Brunswick? Not "Mexican" as you describe above. What I call "Cal-Mex" incorporating local fresh produce with some traditional mexican flavors/dishes that I find quite tasty. I'd be interested in your opinion.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Senora Tasa de mantaquilla! Will try next tim on 95. Down east, we like The Mexican Restaurant on Rt. 1 north in Hancock, run by Hondurans, but good.
      The Chimayo Kid