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Cinco De Mayo Restaurant - Poughkeepsie

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Seeing as I'd never been to Poughkeepsie before, when I was asked to speak to a group of students at Marist, I jumped at the chance because it would give the excuse I've been looking for to try some of the Mexican food I'd heard about in town.

I only had time for lunch, but after the Marist gig, I went with a colleague and two students to Cinco de Mayo on Academy. There were a few different choices, but in reading old posts by Bob Gaj here on Chowhound, I settled on Cinco de Mayo.

The small storefront belies a fairly roomy interior. The place is pretty typical of little authentic mexican places: clean, but with only the simplest of decor.

The menu was standard, but extensive. Huaraches, tacos, tortas, sopas, sopes, quesadillas, tamales, and so on.

I originally wanted to order the "cinco de mayo special" which was a quesadilla with squash blossom, a tamal with your choice of mole or salsa, and something else I can't recall. Unfortunately, they were out of tamales and squash blossoms, so I instead had a "special" torta - breaded fried chicken (milanesa) and steak, along with the normal torta trappings: beans, crema, lettuce, cheese, and jalapenos on a toasted roll. I added a lot of extra jalapenos to give it more kick. But it was very good. And huge - far more than I should have eaten (not that it stopped me though).

Others at the table had quesadillas (3 good sized quesadillas for $8), tacos and tacos dorados (fried rolled tacos). Every one else seemed to enjoy their meals as well.

I'd love to hear what other people have ordered there and what their experiences have been. I wish I could have sampled some of the different tacos and other menu items. Now I need to find another excuse to get out to poughaybe I'll find another excuse to get out to Poughkeepsie again...

Here's the address

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Cinco De Mayo Restaurant
22 Academy St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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  1. After seeing many good recommendations of this place, I went looking for Cinco de Mayo and found a different Mexican restaurant in its place:
    El Charrito, 22 Academy St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    It looks like the new owner and new name are very recent. El Charrito does not have any of the unusual items mentioned above for Cinco de Mayo, but there are many standard authentic Mexican options: Tacos, tortas, and antojitos in a wide variety of meats, chilaquiles, enchiladas, enfrijoladas, carne asada, pollo mole.