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BackBayGirl Sep 17, 2008 07:04 AM

Has anyone been as of late? The only posts I could find on it were from 2005 or so. I'd love to hear some more recent opinions of this place as I've always wanted to try it, but know absolutely nothing about it.

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    Bostonbob3 Sep 17, 2008 07:46 AM

    Haven't been in person lately, but have had delivery a few times in the past couple of years.

    I generally like it. Especially their chicken livers.

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      rknrll Sep 17, 2008 08:05 AM

      I only went once, but I would go back again and try more of the food out.
      I went with a friend just to get chips/salsa/guac and a few drinks. We sat outside which was nice...and we were told we'd be charged for the chips/salsa/guac if we didn't order any plates or whatever (I believe this is pretty standard). We were cool with that...and they actually ended up not charging us for those items, as we drank more than any plates would have cost anyway, heh.

      1. fmcoxe6188 Sep 17, 2008 09:26 AM

        The last I went was last winter- I enjoy it- they seem to have a really good variety to their menu and to me it seems very authentic (ducking for cover). I do wish that their menu is a bit larger though. Otherwise- good Sangria, good flavors to the food.

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          bear Sep 17, 2008 10:51 AM

          We tend to go to the Newton location because they have a nice patio area, but I'm sure this applies to Brookline as well. The food is pretty consistent, with few changes in the menu from 25 years ago when we first ate there. Nothing amazing, but solid. The carnitas are tasty, as are the enchiladas verdes, and the sangria goes down pretty easily too.

          1. poptart Sep 17, 2008 12:43 PM

            Haven't been in a while but I always liked the cabbage and the black beans you get as sides there. Also, their sangria and Mexican coffee are good. Their food is fine, too. The decor inside is nice, with Mexican tile/pottery/ironwork, etc. Maybe it won't be the most amazing meal you've ever had, but it is great for the combination of food/atmosphere/drinks for the price.

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              Ralphie_in_Boston Sep 17, 2008 01:40 PM

              I second the fondness for the red cabbage on the side, and the Mexican coffee.

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                bear Sep 17, 2008 05:33 PM

                I also really like that cabbage. I've tried to reproduce it at home, but no luck. It seems salted and slightly fermented rather than pickled, but that's about as far as I've gotten.

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                  ipsofatso Sep 17, 2008 06:16 PM

                  I have made the cabbage at home its pretty easy in fact. Stir fry the shredded cabbage in light oil after starting with a diced shallot, then add some black beans, toss gently and add fresh cilantro and splash of vinegar. I mean a tiny splash. I think I add a bit of garlic and a pinch of chili powder too. Hmmm..... Anyway, its one of the better mexi places around....the chicken mole is great as is the shrimp in cilantro sauce and the pork adobado, also I have made at home in a grilled version. You can buy adobado sauce in a can at most supermarkets.

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                    bear Sep 18, 2008 03:41 AM

                    Thanks for the tips! I'll give it a try soon. I do like the shrimp in cilantro sauce, but haven't made it to the pork since I get stuck on the enchiladas verdes or mole. Haven't been in a while, so I guess it's time to head back.

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                    poptart Sep 17, 2008 09:50 PM

                    I wondered if there was a hint of mustard in that cabbage too...the fermented idea is very interesting, you may be on to something there! Funny how something as "simple" as cabbage can be such a memorable thing from a Mexican restaurant!!

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                      BobB Jan 13, 2009 05:56 AM

                      I agree, their cabbage does taste of mustard - and, unfortunately, it doesn't agree with my palate (not mustard in general, just this particular dish).

                      Love their spicy chicken liver app, though (higaditos Mexicanos)!

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                  lkmuller Sep 18, 2008 03:31 PM

                  I love it there! The people are always very nice and it is fun to sit on the outside patio. Like others have mentioned, I like the side orders almost as much as I like the entrees. The best part is that you can get different combo meals where you can try two or three things. Try it!

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                    BackBayGirl Sep 18, 2008 05:08 PM

                    Looks like I'll be trying this place out. Thanks everyone, for your input.

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                      ipsofatso Sep 18, 2008 05:25 PM

                      well we expect a detailed report BBG

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                        Bostonbob3 Sep 19, 2008 07:35 AM

                        And you better try the chicken livers app. Or else. :))

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                      BackBayGirl Jan 12, 2009 09:32 AM

                      I FINALLY made it to Sol Azteca, and I must say I had a great meal & a great time. My friends and I ordered a pitcher of sangria, which was very tasty. We noshed on the chips and salsa while waiting for our meals. I got the chicken enchiladas w/ mole, a friend got the enchiladas verdes, and my other friend got a fish dish. All of us enjoyed our meals thoroughly--and we loved the slaw that came on the side! MMM! For dessert, I got the flan and my friends got a cheesecake dessert. We also got Mexican coffee. Very yummy. I'd go back again!

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                        mpmille May 16, 2010 06:35 PM

                        To whom it may concern:

                        My family went to your restaurant tonight and were shocked by the complete lack of customer service. It is a shame because the food was delicious. Unfortunately, the dinner took two hours; more than twenty minutes to get water. The host was extrememly rude both on the phone and in person. You do a real disservice by having him greet your customers. We did not actually meet our waitress until we had been seated for about thirty minutes. It is a real shame because the food was very good. We will most definitely not be coming back and will be sure to tell others in the neighborhood to stay away.

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                          nightsky May 16, 2010 06:59 PM

                          Similar thing happened here mpmille: we actually walked out after no sign of a server after a long wait (over 1/2 hour).

                          Went back again a few weeks ago and the food and service were great. I'll go back because it's so close to home and I love the food. And I have to say I've been there maybe a dozen times and there was only the one off night (and I think it was restaurant week). Bigger problem for me is that the acoustics are painful if the house is packed. All that tile and hard surface just echo every noise.

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                            MC Slim JB May 16, 2010 07:08 PM

                            Ate here a few month back, had none of these service issues, thought the food was decent, if somewhat Yanqui-fied, nothing to make you forget Angela's.

                            I posted this photo here before, but the comic highlight of the night was the veggie burrito that my mom ordered, which was the biggest version we'd ever seen: she got four meals out of it. Ridiculous: we're still laughing about it.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                             
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                              Berheenia May 17, 2010 04:17 AM

                              Rats. We live near by and were thinking of trying again but I guess not. Last year we had similar nightmarish service issues and were hoping things had improved but it isn't worth it for the food. Casa Romero has a similar menu and I've always had excellent service there.

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                              30 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

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                                alohagirl May 17, 2010 05:09 AM

                                We went to Sol Azteca last week around 5:30, before a Red Sox game. The service was excellent -- attentive, friendly, and quick. The food was pretty good -- chips and salsa were tasty and we got extra when we ran out; the mole was a little sweet but enchiladas were good. I am not a big fan of the cabbage (too sour), but my DC liked it alot. Beer was cold. I would go definitely go back.

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                                Sol Azteca
                                914A Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

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