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Christina216 Oct 20, 2008 12:00 PM

Is there any to be found? Preferably close to a T stop as it's getting cold out there!

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    ghostcat Oct 22, 2008 10:59 PM

    I don't really know how authentic Sol Azteca is on Beacon St. or Casa Romero on Gloucester St is, but they are both good places to enjoy Mexican food. I've enjoyed myself at both places many times, but I'm not an expert on this method of cooking.

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    1. re: ghostcat
      BobB Oct 23, 2008 07:29 AM

      Sol Azteca is more Tex-Mex than Mexican, and the quality is spotty - they have some very good dishes like higaditos Mexicanos (spicy sauteed chicken livers), but mostly they're just OK. Casa Romero was considered Mexican haute cuisine in its heyday - but that was 20 years ago. I haven't been back in a long time, and most recent reports out here indicate they've gone way down hill.

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        pesto Oct 23, 2008 12:52 PM

        Was at Casa Romero about 2 months ago and found it to be delicious. Can't wait to return.

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          BobB Oct 24, 2008 06:32 AM

          That's good to hear. What did you have, do you recall? I used to love their puerco adobado, but as I said, that was many years ago.

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            pesto Oct 25, 2008 09:04 AM

            I had the chiken with the mole sauce. The mole was complex and delicious. My husband had the pork with the orange and chipoltes. He enjoyed it...I am not an orange fan so I can't judge. Give it a try.

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              BobB Oct 27, 2008 06:12 AM

              That's the puerco adobado I used to like. Maybe it's time to give them another try.

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                pesto Oct 31, 2008 11:44 AM

                Please post if you try it!

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      manchaugrules Oct 22, 2008 10:47 PM

      i second angela's as a recommendation for authentic mexican (pueblan). perfect steak tacos, prepared simply with homemade corn tortillas, well seasoned beef, cilantro, onion and green or red salsa. nothing fancy, just done very well. if they're not on the menu, just ask for them. tacos lupita n somerville is also good for simple tacos. i was not impressed by el pelon in the fenway area.

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      1. re: manchaugrules
        yumyum Oct 23, 2008 06:17 AM

        Tacos Lupita is great, but they are Salvadoran, not Mexican. Just sayin.

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          finlero Oct 23, 2008 06:32 AM

          Well...the sign says Mexican and Salvadoran. Just sayin. :)

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            yumyum Oct 23, 2008 07:05 AM

            Oh it's Mexican food alright. And very good. Just not prepared by Mexican people, which is what I thought a big part of this thread was about.

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              erwocky Oct 23, 2008 07:13 AM

              I wonder if the OP realized what she was getting herself into...she did just ask for "good" Mexican, not necessarily authentic. Although I'm certainly enjoying the thread.

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        heatherfields Oct 22, 2008 09:13 AM

        I know this restaurant is not popular with some people on this board, but La Paloma in Quincy is a 10-minute walk from the Wollaston T stop. It's not authentic mexican, but it's yummy.

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          Delhiwala Oct 22, 2008 02:08 PM

          I second your positive opinon of La Paloma. It is a fun place with good food and margaritas.
          The walk from the Wollaston T stop to La Paloma is only five minutes (north on Newport Ave Ext)..

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            joebloe Oct 22, 2008 06:27 PM

            I tried this place three times and it's neither good nor authentic. You can tell right away it because there's not one Hispanic to be found at this Mexican restaurant, whether it's the host, the waistress, the cook in the back, the patrons, daytime or nighttime. It's even odder when I saw that a couple Hispanics guys eating right next door at the chinese place instead. Price is on the high side because a small burrito with some french fries during lunch is $13 bucks. I've only been to Mexico like fourty times and live part-time in Atlanta, San Jose, San Diego so I've been spoiled.

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              heatherfields Oct 27, 2008 07:25 AM

              I think you must be thinking of another place -- the prices at La Paloma are not high. This is the lunch menu:
              http://www.lapalomarestaurant.com/lun...
              I don't see any $13 burritos.

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            podence Oct 21, 2008 06:36 PM

            I had dinner last night at Ixtapa in E. Lexington and quite enjoyed.
            Not a big Tu y Yo fan; Here's why http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/555463

            Recent thread about Boston Mexican
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/508542

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              heatherfields Oct 22, 2008 09:14 AM

              Is this place owned by the same people who own the Acapulcos chain in Framingham and Milford? I went there and notices the menus are very similar.

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                podence Oct 22, 2008 07:36 PM

                I had a similar reaction to Cancun in N. Plymouth. Very similar to Acapulcos' menu. Not sure about the ownership.

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              fredid Oct 20, 2008 05:09 PM

              Christina - Just a quick note to say that Angela's is a 5 minute T ride from Gov't Center, and it's just a 5 minute walk from the T to the restaurant. I've posted directions in the link below and you're always welcome to contact me (see my profile) if you'd like company!

              http://www.chow.com/places/10156

              1. TheTrout Oct 20, 2008 01:24 PM

                You'll get a variety of opinions about Mexican food in these parts. From "don't bother" to "pretty good". Anyone who has lived in New Mexico, So. Cal. or Texas will be amazed at the lack of Mexican eateries here. A few places to check out are:

                La Siesta - Winthrop
                Ole - Inman Square
                Zocalo - Comm. Ave. Brighton
                El Pelon - Fenway
                Tu Y Yo - Somerville

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                1. re: Guinness02122
                  TheTrout Oct 20, 2008 03:41 PM

                  Yo Guinness:

                  1. Can you say: HYPERBOLE.

                  2. Massachusetts/New England has a very large Mexican population.

                  3. I've always found it easier to get a good Italian meal in So. Cal., than good Mex. in Boston.

                  Simply stated, Mexican cuisine is wonderful. It's too bad that here in Boston, we have so little of it.

                  ps: in my post, I used the word amazed, not shocked. I don't believe they're synonyms

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                    Guinness02122 Oct 20, 2008 04:13 PM

                    I guess my reply was so full of hate that they removed it. No hate intended, just so you know. Foe what it's worth, I know many Latino's here. The ones I know are Domincans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Cubans, Salvadorans, some Chileans and even one Bolivian. Unfortunately, I have not met one Mexican in Boston. Mexican is probably my favorite ethnic food, and the best I have had is in Puebla. So do me a favor and please tell me where the Mexicans are in Massachusetts. And what do you mean by "Yo"?

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                      Allstonian Oct 20, 2008 04:47 PM

                      The family who run Angela's Cafe in East Boston are from Puebla - have you been there yet?

                      I believe that the family who run Taqueria Mexico in Waltham are also actually Mexican. Beyond that, you are correct that while there are many Central and South Americans in the greater Boston area, there are startlingly few Mexicans. Perhaps The Trout is referring to large populations elsewhere in Massachusetts or New England.

                      1. re: Guinness02122
                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 20, 2008 04:50 PM

                        If you're so jazzed about Puebla cuisine, how do you not know about Angela's yet? Go there and meet some Mexicans. You'll be glad you did.

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                        Prav Oct 20, 2008 04:53 PM

                        You're wrong about #2. http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/revista...

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                          itaunas Oct 21, 2008 05:41 AM

                          On the topic of chow, very few hounds forage where the most Mexican's live in the Boston area -- Chelsea (and even in New England: Central Falls is under-represented, Springfield/Longmeadow to some extent, but Hartford (which I believe has a larger population) perhaps gets better reported). There are a number of restaurants and bodegas in Chelsea which have not been visited by hounds and those visited in Chelsea and even East Boston (Taqueria Michoacan for example) often don't get many repeat visits. Even in Waltham some of the bodegas which are not right on Moody street do not get much attention from hounds. In any case despite the greater prevalence of Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and South Americans in the immediate Boston area the number of Mexicans and availability of Mexican products has been growing. Since its a largely working population and still establishing itself, I feel that most of the restaurants lean towards the lower end -- inexpensive, quick food, delivery (including made at home food), but there is a lot of ground that is not well covered on the board. FWIW, I don't profess to know many, but probably know more Mexicans than first generation Irish... and Angela's may represent Mexican food better than any current example of Irish in the area.

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                            hiddenboston Oct 21, 2008 06:17 AM

                            itaunas, I would add to this the west side of Providence (including areas around Atwells Avenue), where there are several excellent Mexican restaurants. Mexico Garibaldi on Atwells Avenue is a real gem (thanks to BostonBob for turning me on to this place).

                            Around the Boston area, there are a number of good Mexican restaurants, most of which have already been mentioned here. My personal favorites are Angela's in East Boston, Taqueria Mexico and Taqueria El Amigo, both in Waltham, La Siesta in Winthrop, El Sarape in Braintree, and probably my absolute favorite, Cafe Azteca in Lawrence (their sauteed chicken plate with spicy brown sauce and cactus strips is something special).

                            Not sure who has been there on the CH board, but I may be going to Restaurante Monte Cristo (Mexican and Salvadorean cuisine) in Eastie over the coming weeks. I may also look to try Taqueria Michoacan as well. Not sure which has nicer atmosphere--that may help decide which one I hit first. Any thoughts?

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                              galangatron Oct 21, 2008 08:31 AM

                              taqueria michoacan is closed. a new restaurant called fiesta mexicana opened up in it's place back in the spring

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                                hiddenboston Oct 21, 2008 09:47 AM

                                Thanks for the update! Have you been to Fiesta Mexicana? How is it?

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                                  galangatron Oct 22, 2008 09:29 PM

                                  went for lunch when they first opened. had pozole and a glass of naranjada. served with complimentary tortilla chips and salsa. food was decent. much prefer the pozole at rosticeria jalisco in day sq. owners were exceptionally friendly and eager to please. would go back again to try more dishes

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                        9lives Oct 20, 2008 04:46 PM

                        I'll throw out a few "very good" recs...but first you need to understand and define "Mexican cuisine. It's a large country with varied cuisines.

                        There's the simple tacqueria..which Burrito Express downtown is a very good version.

                        Puebla has a cuisine...moles and complex sauces..Angela's Cafe in East Boston compares to good restauarants in MX

                        Coastal areas like the Baja have fabulous seafood...simply prepared. I haven't found anything like it here and have stopped looking. I haven't been but I'm told coastal Mazatlan has a slightly different cuisine.

                        We don't have high end MX like Mx City but no one in the US has it except Frontera Grill in Chicago.

                        New Mexico, Texas ..Tex/Mex have their cuisine...try to find nachos or sizzling fajitas in MX... and So Cal (healthy,low fat)have their own versions of Mex cuisines.

                        1. re: TheTrout
                          yumyum Oct 21, 2008 08:56 AM

                          My favorite local Mexican joint is Taqueria la Mexicana in Union Square. The owner, Roberto and his wife are both Mexican.

                          Also Tu Y Yo in Somerville is Mexican food by Mexican folks.

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                          Cantine La Mexicana
                          247 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

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                            yumyum Oct 21, 2008 09:56 AM

                            Meant to add a place link to Tu Y Yo as well ...

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

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                            Christina216 Nov 2, 2008 06:10 PM

                            Tried El Palon.....GREAT suggestions! Thanks!

                          3. Prav Oct 20, 2008 12:13 PM

                            Search the board for Cafe Angela in East Boston.

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