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Jul 8, 2008 04:24 PM

Mexican in Boston

Can someone please let me know of any good mexican restaurants in the boston area? I'm from the Tempe, AZ area and I've found all of the mexican in this area to be dreadful. All the flour tortillas I've tried have been lacking in every possible way. Please help!!!

Julie from AZ

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  1. My favorites are corn-tortilla places: Angela's Cafe in East Boston, and Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham. (Okay, tacos arabes are flour tortillas, but still.)

    1. Sadly, you're not going to find anything like what you'd get in Arizona, but there are a few gems. In addition to MC Slim's recs, check out Villa Mexico. It's in the back of a gas station by MGH, right off the Charles/MGH red line stop. If you want something more like indigenous Mexican, there's Tu Y Yo in Somerville. There's a couple of upscale-y nouveau texy-mexy places like La Verdad in the Fenway and Ole in Inman Sq (it now has a cheaper spin-off taqueria, Olecita).

      Taqueria El Amigo
      196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

      Angela's Cafe
      131 Lexington St, Boston, MA 02128

      Ole' Mexican Grille
      11 Springfield Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Villa Mexico
      296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

      La Verdad
      1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

      Tu Y Yo Mexican Fonda
      858 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

      1. Hey, a fellow Zonie! I spent my youth in Phoenix and PV.

        Great recs above for a very different kind of Mexican than you're used to. If you've been to Barrio Cafe in Phoenix and liked it, then you'll probably also like Tu y Yo and Ole. Angela's is terrific for Poblana style.

        Your best bet for a facsimile of Phoenix-style Mex is to get thee to Woburn and hit Boston's closest branch of On the Border. Most of the menu kind of sucks, but: the chips and salsa (actually a little spicy) are made fresh on premises, they have a slurpee machine to make their frozen margaritas, and best of all, if you ask for them [and you *must* ask], they serve homemade flour tortillas with the fajitas. My wife (a New Mexican) and I are there at least once a month.

        If you can get to NYC, the entire Los Dos Molinos crew that used to work the Mesa branch has been transplanted to Union Square.