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May 10, 2008 06:14 PM

Angela's Cafe update: liquor license, fish tacos and more

I'm here now, typing on my iPhone. 9:10 and the place is packed. No wait, but no empty tables.

First, they got their liquor license. No inventory yet, so byob right now. Should have inventory next week. Beer, wine and homemade sangria.

Very few specials now, because the specials were so popular that they're all on the regular menu now: red and green pepian, Mexican meatballs, etc. At dinnertime, they no longer distribute the American menu, just the Mexican one.

One special tonight: fish tacos. Three small tacos, delicately fried fish, slaw, avocado and sauce. Amazing! I told Luis they need to go on the permanent menu.

Just when you thought this place couldn't get any better ....

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  1. Thank you for the update. I need to plan another trip now that the better walking weather is here.

    1. Fantastic news all around! I had a very underwhelming, expensive meal at one of those It Places in town tonight; when the check showed up, we all agreed we should have gone to Angela's instead.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        We went for lunch on Saturday. We ordered almost ever appetizer. That, the $9 Guac, two drinks (the non alcoholic sangria is pretty interesting), came to like $32. What a great place.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Went there again on Saturday night - arrived a little before 8 and had a 30 minute wait. Our friends' first time to Angela's (and to Eastie). Eventually, the host put us temporarily at a turned two, so we each had a corner. When the next four finally cleared out, he insisted we have our entrees there. I thought the guac was much better the first time we went - it did not have any discernable lime - my pork with mole was just ok - three slices of over-cooked pork loin, granted it was smothered in their wonderful, complex and rich mole (although it did not sparkle quite like the first one I had there on a weeknight). However, we were comped two delicious gorditas for having to wait so long outside, etc. Cafes con leche were outstanding...crepes with peach filling and dulce de leche / chocolate sauces were excellent. GF had the enchiladas which again were met with approval. Our friends each had the chiles rellenos, which they also acknowledged were not the typical versions they were accustomed to - deep fried, flattened, filled only with cheese - rather than the "stuffed pepper" type with rice inside, etc. They loved their meal and loved the mole more than I did.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            That was you! We got your table when you took the larger one.

            I thought the guac was as good as ever, although I bring my own habanero salsa to mix in. Luis insists that he'll have his mother make me a special salsa picante next time I come in.

            There were three of us, and, in addition to the guac and the fish tacos, we each ordered the enchiladas with a different sauce -- red, green and mole -- and then shared. They all were very good, although I think I like the green best. Had I known how good the fish tacos were gonna be, I would've made a dinner out of those.

            1. re: Blumie

              That was you! lol...We ought to come up with Chow handsigns we can flash when we enter the places we frequent.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                Heh. Well, we ARE kind of a gang.

                Maybe we could split into groups that love different parts of Angela's menu: the Guacs and the Moles throwing down signs, while the Pepians wait to take over our tables.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  I just use my big mouth and ask everyone: Are you a Chowhounder? (Smirk!) But I won't do that on Saturday/date nights..and I do have the advantage of switching to Eastie neighbor talk! "Oh, I live around the corner..."

                  I went to an exhibit once and met a CHer from out of town - who had posted here looking for restos near to the exhibit - just by asking all likely prospects! He was astounded I picked him out from the crowd!