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Taquera's in Pompano Beach?

I was driving south on Dixie Highway from Atlantic Boulevard yesterday and saw a string of taqueria's that I had never really noticed before. Has anyone tried any of them? Are any of them halfway authentic? My bf is from Arizona and he keeps bemoaning the lack of authentic Mexican food in South Florida. Any advice appreciated.

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  1. At the moment, our favorite place for Mexican food (not tex-mex) is Taqueria Dona Raquel in Pompano. They make their own tortillas and we really like the al Pastor and Cabeza tacos.

    Search the Florida board and you'll find lots of very favorable comments about this place. You can find their menu here: http://snipurl.com/2viay

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    Taqueria Dona Raquel
    793 S Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL

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    1. re: RickL

      I've read that the staff does not speak any English here. Could one get by with some basic Spanish word knowledge? I'm planning a drop in on my next trip to a Marlins/Braves game. With everything I have read on here, this place is the bomb.

      1. re: freakerdude

        freakerdude - It's true; not much English is spoken here but neither my wife nor I speak even basic Spanish and we were still able to order up an enjoyable selection of tacos. Our waitress spoke a little English and was very patient. It was an adventure but well worth the uncertainty.

        In preparation for our next trip I downloaded a copy of the menu and looked up the translations on the web. This way I'll be able to point at the menu items with some authority :-)

        1. re: RickL

          Yo no hablo espanol. But years ago I had a great meal of deep fried whole fish which was on the hand-written daily special menu,

          1. re: 2top

            Dona Raquel is the best -- I usually go there at lunchtime and it seems that there's always a waitress who speaks Englsih who is available to wait on me.

            The menu is only semi-translated, but most people will not have a major problem ordering.

          2. re: RickL

            Many questions from this gringo about the menu:

            What are the following tacos? (online translator comes up empty)
            dorados
            suadero
            cueritos

            If you order one of their 4 tamales, do they come with only one meat option? I.E. Verdes is with pork, rojos is with chicken, mole with ?, dolce ?, etc.

            I am a mole and al pastor fanatic and I hear this place does pastor right with a true spit. Are all tortillas handmade or do you have to specify hecho a mano?

            Do they have horchata and what are agua frescas?

            1. re: freakerdude

              Hi, Yes, they have Horchata and they had Jamaica (red) also when I was there. Cueritos I think is pork skin and Dorados means hard, or deep fried, like the American taco shells. I'm not sure what they use for the filling. You can see the lady making the corn tortillas, they are hand made and you don't have to ask.

              1. re: freakerdude

                freakerdude - Here's what I found for my homemade gringo menu:

                Dorados (five crispy corn tortillas deep fried stuffed with chicken or steak topped with lettuce sour cream)

                Suadero (Beef shoulder or rib)

                Cueritos (Fried pork rind)

                Pennstater - man, we missed the specials. Can't wait to go back.

                1. re: RickL

                  RickL, yeah they don't tell you about the specials. We went on a Monday and really wanted the Pozole (deep red soup with pork) but it's only made on the weekends. She took us over to the metal steam table thingy and that's when we discovered the specials. Plus, they had some leftover Pozole!

                  1. re: RickL

                    Thanks a bunch folks! I have my translated printed out menu in hand. I will report back after visit in 2 weeks.

              2. re: freakerdude

                Freakerdude, They usually have specials up at the counter that are not on the menu. They are in a built in warmer bin type thing, protected by a glass window. If you point, I'm sure they will lift up the lids and show you what's inside. Seeing the food makes it easier to choose. I had a Caldo de Res once from the specials area that was fantastic and huge! It's a slow cooked beef soup, more like a stew. I think it was $6.xx and I could not finish it all!
                Please, report back after you try this place.
                Pennstater

              3. re: RickL

                This is in the exact area I was talking about. We will have to give it a try. We are definately looking for authentic Mexican, not Tex-Mex or SoFla Cuban-Mex. :) Thank you.

                1. re: RickL

                  Thanks, this was the exact area I was referring to. We will have to go and give it a try. [A - if you are reading this and go there for lunch without me, I'll kick you in the ankles.] Thanks! :)

                  1. re: RickL

                    Does anyone know if this place, or any place nearby, has a grocery department as well? I'm having a terrible time trying to find the large (27 oz.) cans of whole green chilis for a batch of green chili I plan to make tomorrow.

                  2. I really, really need to get to Dona Raquel's for sure. I love love Mexican food and have never had it as good here as in anywhere that shares a border with Mexico. With that said, I do happen to really like Zona Fresca Taqueria (one on Federal in Ft Laud and one in Plantation).

                    Also, for gourmet Mex, you and your bf may like Eduardo de San Angel - delicious food and fantastic service.

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                    1. re: amyvc

                      Is Eduardo de San Angel authentic or "gourmet fusion" Mexican? Thanks.

                    2. We managed a visit tonight - I had tacos (carne asada, carnitas and cueritos) and my bf had Mole Rojo. The food was EXCELLENT and the tomatillio, jalapeno and avocado salsa was wonderful. No one spoke any English but my broken, food ordering Spanish was good enough. Thanks for the recommendation.

                      1. how incredible that in the USA WE have to get by on broken Spanish rather than they get by on broken English.

                        amyway thanks for the recommendations will have to try these places. And I am not going to speak Spanish!

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                        1. re: smartie

                          Unfortunately, traffic on I-95 south derailed my plans to eat at TDR before the game. However, it will remain as a Pompano/Lauderdale area must try for me.

                          I <heart> al pastor.