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May 18, 2008 04:22 PM

Anyone tried Salsa Restaurant in New Milford, CT? (supposedly Santa Fe-style Mexican)

Hi Connecticut hounds,

I recently heard a rumor that there's a Santa Fe-style Mexican restaurant in New Milford called Salsa.

If true, it would be one of only two New Mexican restaurants in New England (green chile, pozole, sopaipillas, "Christmas-style" enchiladas, etc), the other being Autentica in South Hadley, MA, which I found to be good, but not into the realm of unnecessary-road-trip-for-great chow.

Any info would be greatly appreciated:

Salsa Restaurant
54 Railroad St.
New Milford, CT 06776

Thanks in advance!

P.S. A little bit of Googling confirmed that this is *not* a branch of the CA-based chain La Salsa, although there are a few erroneous hits to the contrary.

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  1. Dang! I passed by there last Sunday and didn't kow to check it out. I'm very curious...
    I'd drive that far if it's any good.
    I think Geronimo's, in New Haven might qualify for haute New Mexican cuisine. It's definitely Southwestern.

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    1. re: Scargod

      Wow, I didn't realize Geronimo was New Mexican, thanks! Looking at their menu online, I'm not sure I could sell this one to "New Mex-pat" wife; in Albuquerque, if you spend more than ten bucks on an entree, you're just asking to be ridiculed. But of course, this place actually seems relatively reasonably priced by New England standards. And after all, Hatch green chile is Hatch green chile; in these parts, that may merit the trip on its own...

      1. re: finlero

        Fin, i agree. Great looking menu, but in Albuquerque, one might find it in the Heights, not in the South Valley. You gotta understand that Scargod is one of these oil Texans whose eyes were blinded and scarred by God when he visited Hatch Heaven in New Mexico and saw the light. :)
        Does your wife know a good source for Chomayo chile?
        Our son goes to school in Amherst, so every visit we hit Authentica.

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Have bought a number of items from here and am quite pleased. The smell was overpowering when I opened the box!

          And though no chimayo is offered, I bought whole, dried peppers here:
          I really like their granulated, toasted garlic powder, and their greasy, grimey, granulated gopher guts, too. (you're paying attention?
          Have not bought from here:
          and another, not tried:

          Yes, I was once blind, but now I see! Chiles have set me free!
          Once in the dark and wandering lost, I found enlightenment in Taos.
          It wasn't oil, it was mary jane. I retired when I was thirty.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            I get Chimayo chile powder from Da Gift Basket, An unfortunate name, but the service is excellent, and they have a terrific variety of products at reasonable prices. I currently have bags of Chimayo medium red, Chimayo hot red, Hatch green, and Chipotle chile powders, as well as a bag of Mexican oregano (no, really, it's just oregano) in my cupboard, all of which I ordered from their web site. They also ship frozen Hatch green chiles.

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              What do (did?) you get at Autentica? I haven't heard much about that place... is it still around?

        2. google takes me to the "la salsa" chain restaurant website, place looks like on the border or something. is this correct? if so, no posole or any non-sysco type food anywhere in sight.

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          1. re: goodbyeohio

            I'm pretty sure those links on Google are wrong; a number of the hits on Google say it *isn't* La Salsa, and the locator says the only two branches in CT are in Fairfield and Rockaway.

          2. I have only been to 1 Mexican restaurant in New Milford and if was about 8 years ago, so I am not sure if this is the same place. I have a feeling it may be. If it is, don't waste your time. It's Mexican ala hippy. Nothing doing here.

            1. I live in New Milford and I have to say that Salsa is the best Mexican restaurant in the area. I have eaten at the other TWO in the area and they don't add up. Everything from the homemade chips and salsa to the enchilada's are GREAT!!! I would reccomend it to anyone near or far. I say its worth the drive. Be sure to make a reservation on a Fri. or Sat. night because they are ALWAYS packed. Then take a walk around Bank St. its full of cute little shops and it has a movie theater. Make it a date night!!

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              1. re: summerbeauty

                Cool, someone's actually been there.

                Can you confirm/refute if it's Santa Fe-style?

              2. Salsa is truly one of the best Mexican style restaurants in the area.

                But if planning a trip there be aware they only accept cash.