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Dec 10, 2008 08:02 PM

New Mexican food

I just got back from Santa Fe and I would love to find New Mexican food in the boston area. Any suggestions?

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  1. As a transplanted New Mexican myself (13 years in the eastern plains and in Albuquerque), I can report: nope, none whatsoever. Plenty of increasingly good Mexican food, but not a hint of New Mexican. The day I find a bowl of green chile stew, a basket of sopaipillas and a burrito with potatoes in it...

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      Emiliano'z in Medford has a burrito with potatoes in it. It's called the papas and peppers burrito for $6.25. It's a super burrito, 12" flour tortilla with potatoes, peppers, black beans and mexican rice. I went to Emiliano'z yesterday for lunch to pick up some takeout. I got a grilled steak burrito for lunch and a grilled chicken burrito for dinner. Both burritos were very fresh and packed to capacity. I liked both burritos and was very full.

      Emiliano'z Mexican Grill
      123 125 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155

      1. re: buffet king

        That sounds good, but what I'm talking about is a beef burrito that has potatoes cooked in with the beef and green chile. It's one of those things that you almost never see outside of New Mexico, although it's very common there. (And it confused the heck out of me at first!)

      2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        This has always confused me. Why is there no New Mexican food anywhere. Even if you can convince people that you are not talking about tex mex or real Mex even they still don't know what you are talking about. It's not like authentic food from another country with produce unavailable or illegal in the U.S. This is an American regional cuisine that should at least be attempted in metro areas. Not that "cajun" food or philly cheese steaks or New york/Haven pizza is ever really good outside their regions an attempt would be nice. I only lived in NM for a year, but I miss the green chiles available on everything, even fast food.

        1. re: uwebres

          Well make it so... if you're still at DJs, that is (you mentioned you where chef there in your last post)... I'd that think food would be a hit with a game day crowd.

          1. re: Chris VR

            Perhaps I could try green chile stew as a special. I will let you know how it goes. Should be a quick pick up during pre game rushes. Don't know if the crowd here will know what it is.

            1. re: uwebres

              Though I love green chile stew, that may look like "watery spicy vegetable soup" to the uninitiated. How about a green chile sandwich? Tasty, original, and vegetarian.

              Or - holy of holies - a green chile bagel.

              1. re: enhF94

                It won't if it's good green chile stew. I have converted many folks who never heard of the stuff with mine.

        2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Cantina La Mexicana in Union Square serves potato-chorizo burritos, enchiladas, tacos, chiles rellenos, pretty much whatever you want to put it in.

          Felipe's in Harvard Square just added green chile carnitas to its lineup of meats, and it's pretty good!

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            Barmy....I realize New Mexico and Texas are next to each other, but I always thought you refered to yourself as a Texan?

            1. re: Infomaniac

              It's a case of dual citizenship. I was born literally about 10 miles from the Texas/New Mexico border (on the Texas side), and spent 14 years living in various towns within 5 to 20 miles of the border, on either side. By birth and family roots, I'm a Texan, but I moved to Boston after 13 years in New Mexico.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                Let me guess: Muleshoe, TX!

                (went to school in Portales.)

                If it makes anyone else feel better, here in Arizona, there is still no really good New Mexican food.

                1. re: themis

                  No, south of that, near Hobbs. Though I too am an ENMU graduate.

                  1. re: themis

                    Poco y mom's in Tucson isn't half bad, and I remember there being a place in Phoenix that was acceptable.

                  2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    O ya.....that would qualify as dual citizenship in anyones book.

              2. Craigie On Main's website lists that their brunch menu (coming soon) will have “Horseman’s Haven” New Mexican Green Chile Stew. Is that what you're looking for?

                1. We split off some discussion about Autentica in South hadley to a new thread on the New England board. You can find that thread here:

                  1. There's a relatively new takeout place in Gloucester called Chili Choice.
                    Their food is excellent - and authentic. Had a wonderful posole, a red chili stew, some fabulous tamales - on and on. Worth the trip to stock up.


                    Chili Choice Products
                    20 Maplewood Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930