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Tacos anyone???

inspired by last nights "no reservations" and my longing for good mexican i tried(if it is possible) to out-do my last excursion for burgers. we went on a taco hunt today, from point to asbury park. al pastor, lingua, carnitas, al carbon, and even chivo(goat) and orejas(pig's ears). i must say, the quality of tortillas just plain s*&^^%%@%^@!!!!!!

we did encounter some great meats and good prices unlike some favs from this board in keyport and freehold, sorry ; ( but a taco should not be more than 2.50 and even that is pushing the limit. but this did answer a question brought up on this board.

is there authentic mexican food here in jersey? IMHO, traditional ingredients and recipes are a must but after that, its highly subjective. the person or chef making the food can still be a bad cook.....

BTW....went into surf taco for the first time.....no pork on the menu? thai chili srimp tacos? this is NOT a taco shop, i don't care how good it is. come on, ya gotta have pork!!!!!

reviews to follow along with a gut check from boom burger for dessert!

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  1. I would have warned you about ST - the Mrs. refers to it as Surf Yucko! Their "salsas" are particularly disappointing and devoid of taste. We much prefer Fins in Bradley Beach for "Baja-Cali-Mex" (or whatever that subcuisine is labeled).

    I have to say that the Taco Truck may have been my favorite taco of '08. Although, there is a little grocery by the train station in Red Bank that I got a fantastic carnitas from.

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    1. re: MGZ

      I ate at Fins Saturday night and the place was hopping. I put it in the same category as Surf Taco and don't find the food to be particulary better or worse. The only thing I order when I go to Surf Taco are the signature surf (fish) tacos. I love 'em, but definitely not a traditional mexican taco.

    2. This topic arises a week after The Shack closed? Whimper...

      Will anyone offer a Shrimp Tempura Taco again? (Granted, not "authentic" but sooo good. Just sub battered fried shrimp for the battered fried fish in a fish taco)

      Their Baja Tacos and Tacos Pastore were noteworthy too... :-(

      1. Mexico Lindo, South St, Freehold - had them last night - onions, a little bit of greens, a new one combining three meats, etc.

        Broadway in Long Branch has great tacos - best of all is the place
        off broadway that also sells rotisserie chicken.

        French St in New Brunswick - all the way down, past that big mexican place, on the left.

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        1. re: aacharya

          El Familiar in Toms River Rt 9 (Stella Towne Plaza) has the most delicious Shrimp Taco, & Pork Tinga Taco anywhere I ever tasted......besides all the other excellent Colombian & Mexican choices on their menu.....give it a try you wont be dissapointed.

          1. re: aacharya

            I wonder if Mexico Lindo in Freehold is related to the one in Brick. I love the authenticity of the food in Brick. Don't get down there enough.

            1. re: fershore

              We used to love Mexico Lindo in Brick. The last time we went about six months ago we were hugely disappointed. The place was empty, smelled very musty and the food definitely dropped down considerably. We will never go back.

          2. Thanks for the post chefMD. I earlier put up the taco truck post and I'll file this one. the best (and 0nly) tacos I've had in Middlesex county were at Tapitio's on Main in South River and Rositas Taqeria on Sudam in New Brunswick.
            ps Chef, do you know of The Robinhood Meeting House, near Bath Maine? Google it.

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            1. re: Passadumkeg

              passa... not familiar with either as i barely make it into monmouth co. on my days off.

              tapas.... been to el famliar at least once a month since i moved to beachwood 18 mos. ago. food is solid but i definitley had better tacos on my "trek". wish they would do fresh chips and get rid of the others, yuck. i would agree though, everything has been good there.

              aach... mexico lindo good but expensive for what i remember, like 3$ a taco??? almost everywhere i went yesterday was 2$

              1. re: chefMD

                No, mexico lindo is $2.00 or $2.35 a taco. $5.99/$6.99 for a set of three, with beans and rice.

                1. re: aacharya

                  my apologies, maybe i am thinking of another shop in freehold...the two i remember going to were generally more expensive than what i expect to pay. maybe pork and tortillas are more expensive here than in san diego?

                2. re: chefMD

                  Chef - Did you get to Mi Mexico in Point? We haven't been there in a while, but the "saulty" beef was good.

                  1. re: MGZ

                    my first stop actually, had goat, tongue, ears, al pastor and carnitas....

                    1. re: chefMD

                      How about Dos Hermanos in Belmar? (Commercial tortillas also, I believe)

                      A curious adventure, indeed. I, however, prefer to stay in one spot when I do my marathon eating.

                      BTW - On such a quest, does one hit a wall? "No more cilantro, Grandma!"

                      1. re: MGZ

                        yes, dos hermanos, very good, best salsa of the day if i recall....

                        wall? what wall? i think i had 18 tacos and finished the night at boom with a burger and wings.......ouch!

                        1. re: chefMD

                          Did any of the places have a good, hot salsa? I find my self adding hot sauce and would love a fresh salsa that was spicy enough (and salty enough) on its own.

                          1. re: MGZ

                            knowing your taste, no.... a few were spicy but not what you would like. i would ask if there is a sauce that the staff uses or just ask for a fresh pepper. you may get a look but will definitely get props when you eat them fresh, i always have.

                            1. re: chefMD

                              Too bad.

                              These quests of your's are like market research. Perhaps wings next? Start at Extreme BBQ?

                              1. re: MGZ

                                cant.... you have a valid point and for all i know the food is good. i for one support the smaller "mom and pop"/ independents rather than the chains. however, how can you have a "taco" shop and not have pork? its blasphemous if you ask me. surf taco reminds me of starbucks or any other chain, very cold, lots of "glam/flash" and no heart. walk into mi mexico next door and you will see what i mean. these people genuinely care about what they do and it is definitely reflected in their food(great chivo taco, chips,and salsas by the way).

                                1. re: chefMD

                                  ChefMD- On your taco journey I think you need to seperate mexican style tacos vs. a california- baja style taco. Based on your posts you obviously enjoy goat, tongue, & pigs ears. If you enjoy that kind of taco than a Mi Mexico place is for you. If you enjoy fresh fish tacos & good burritos than Surf Taco is for you. But to call ST blasphemous because they are not selling a pork taco is ridiculuos. And to critize ST for not having heart because you don't like their style of tacos is narrowed minded.

                                  1. re: mav10

                                    mav......

                                    first of all, "blasphemous" was an attempt at humor. second, having spent ten years of my life in BAJA/SAN DIEGO, home of the fish taco/cali/baja/ burrito etc.., i definitely know the difference and frankly dont care for a 5-6$ burrito filled mostly with beans, rice, cheese and sour cream. this "cali" style stems from americans looking to maximize their profit because protein obviously costs more, while the surfers on the beach needed an inexpensive meal. so you get a giant tortilla filled with "filler" and some meat.

                                    as far as heart, i.... never mind, not enough room here to go into that subject of which i am truly aware.

                                    i never said ST was bad, i never even ate there. Maybe its the best fish taco i will never have. i was referring to what makes it look and feel like starbucks, mcd's, subway, etc... i don't give my money to them either. and, i suppose i am a bit old school but "thai shrimp taco" doesn't sound right to me.

                                    1. re: chefMD

                                      Now that The Shack has closed I am on a quest for a decent, sit down place with table service that serves a good fish taco. ST and Fins are OK, but I just don't care for the counter service, tiny plastic containers of bad salsa & guac and a dining room full of sullen, texting juvies. I don't mind paying more than $3 for a taco if it is well made by a good cook using fresh ingredients.

              2. Chefmd.....for super Pork tacos give El Familiar in TR and try the PORK TINGA Taco .....shredded spicy pork its heavenly! Try the Shrimp Taco & Carne Helgado Steak, Empanadas, & Soncocho soup also OMG!

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                1. re: Tapas52

                  i have had them all..... all very good but i must say i don't go there for the tacos. mostly arepas. honestly, i definitely had better "tacos" elsewhere. please do not get me wrong, i have waxed poetic here many times about el familiar and continue to enjoy it everytime i go. its a great value and one of the best places i have been in NJ since moving here.

                  1. re: chefMD

                    Thanks to you two, finding ourselves in TR yesterday, we tried El Familiar. Chef - the chicharrones were rediculously decadent - no one should deep fry bacon. Luckily, they agreed to serve me a side plate of jalepenos to cut through the richness. The arepas were wonderful. My wife had the arepas con camerones -- Mighty tasty!

                    Tapas - I tried the pork tinga as well. You are correct, that is a very flavorful preparation. I would have been happy to have just had a plateful and a fork.

                    Also, how come nobody told me about the Turkish grocery store a few doors down. That place was great. We picked up a cold smoked herring, some funky, hard sheep's milk cheese that tasted like a hybrid of manchego and aged cheddar, and a sausage that was similar in flavor to smoked chorizo, shaped like a keilbalsa, and a deep, dark brown color (to call it pungent would be an understatement!).

                    1. re: MGZ

                      ooooooohhh, sorry, i forgot about that place. i had that sausage too! talk about garlic.

                      1. re: chefMD

                        I'm afraid to admit it, but can still taste it.

                        I couldn't quite find a condiment to pair it with - tried grainy mustard and hot sauces. I started to think about some type of fruit. Very interesting flavor, to say the least.

                        1. re: MGZ

                          yea, it stays with you for a while.... good question, what to pair?

                          yes, i am contemplating the chicken wing "challenge" as well

                          1. re: chefMD

                            I used some crumbled sausage to make a pan sauce for chicken breasts. My wife may never forgive me! I don't know why I assumed it was pork. I am beginning to think that it was made with something else?

                            Two underappreciated wings for your quest - 1. The dry rubbed wings at the Porch in Spring Lake Heights (Be warned, though, the rest of the food there is lousy). 2. The sriracha wings at 507 Main in Belmar. (I suppose this is the stuff of another thread).

                            1. re: MGZ

                              Turkish/Middle Eastern, probably a safe bet it's not pork. Most likely lamb or beef.

                              1. re: TomT

                                or worse!

                2. Chapin in Princeton (a Guatemalan/Mexican restaurant on Witherspoon); take out or eating at a tiny counter. $9/3 excellent tacos
                  Blue Tortilla in New Hope, PA (fairly expensive, but authentic and delicate, more fine dining Mexican than street food).
                  (neither of these places specialise in giant burritos or the like)

                  We still need to get to New Brunswick, possibly this weekend, as there are tons of places there too south from 27 through the middle of town.

                  1. I can't dispute much of what you say, but your comments about Surf Taco are misguided. No one ever expects ST to be a taco shop. It's a unique type of place, with its own niche. I don't think anyone expects genuine Mexican food there. I go there when I want some fast-food fish presented in a pleasing style. I would never go there if I wanted something like what I'd get at, e.g., Don Chucho's.

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                    1. re: cantkick

                      So, to get a bit more specific, is there anyplace in Monmouth County to get good fish tacos?

                    2. I'll concede that Surf Taco isn't a traditional mexican taco place, but I am a fan, and enjoy it equally to Fins in Bradley. I normally order many of the non-Mexican dishes, like the Hawaiian salad, but I also get their burritos pretty often, which are quite good. I prefer the bare bones bean and pinto bean w/ chicken or steak, cheese and guac. I never tried their taco until a few months ago (October I believe) when they had a "customer appreciation" promo for the month and sold tacos for $0.99 each. What a deal! I thought the tacos were fantastic, though a bit oily. They had just enough meat, the right fillings and a great crispy corn tortilla that didn't break in half two bites into the taco. They're normal price, which is like $2.99 is a bit much, but for $0.99 these were beyond a good deal.

                      On a side bar, you may want to try Jose's in Spring Lake Heights. I haven't eaten there in years but they are pretty traditional and were very good a few years back...

                      1. So, after compiling all the data....
                        We went to Mi Mexico in point, Jose's in SLH, dos hermoanos in belmar?, monterray in asbury park and one more i cant recall(worst of the day anyway).

                        If i had to choose one, mi mexico in point. why? clean clean clean. nice menu assortment (gotta love that they serve goat and pig's ears). both the salsa verde and rojo were good and did not need salt. chips were excellent (el familiar are you reading this, get those chips!). and one intangible, love. there just seemed to be an aura of care or passion there.

                        nest would have been dos hermanos, easily the best salsa of the day. a great "dive" which i seem to gravitate towards for foods like this. friendly and again that "love" for the food.

                        jose's was forgettable all around and probably the most expensive of the day.
                        monterray in asbury easily wins for atmosphere and the great sides served with the tacos included limes, radishes, grilled green onions and napolitas. would go back there if i was taking people out for a dinner.

                        there will be a round 2, i assure you...........

                        my apologies to many. the tacos in keyport are not 3$ a piece as some of my boys had some the other day.

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                        1. re: chefMD

                          Has anyone ever tried Cinco de Mayo on Hooper Ave? I remember eating there several years back and the food was not bad at all. Very small place maybe 10 tables.

                          It is in a strip mall heading towards the OC Mall. Please post any opinions, good or bad.

                          1. re: Babs16

                            I ate there as a group of 5 about a year ago and was very disappointed. The food was very bland and the "standards" were over-cheesed. In fact, I remember making a comment at the time that "this is some of the most disappointing Mexican food I've ever had." The one exception was a fish-of-the-day (umm, maybe it was tilapia) that had some very nice flavor to it.

                            Despite its convenience to me, I haven't been back. I make the trip to El Familiar instead. Perhaps it's not fair to write them off after only one visit, but I haven't been inclined to try again.

                        2. Just got something in the mail today.

                          Paco's Tacos
                          732-851-4848 and 732-851-4745
                          Bear Brook Commons Plaza
                          455 Rte 520 and Rte 79 In Marlboro

                          Anybody been here?

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                          1. re: wench31

                            I couldn't resist looking it up and came up with a site with a suspicious number of "glowing" reviews posted within a few days. Then there were a couple of decidedly unflattering reviews, one of which I swear must have been posted by chefMD... :-)

                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/pacos-tacos-m...

                            1. re: wench31

                              Yup.. I ate there (with a coupon) one day after church (a few blocks away). Another couple from church came in with their two kids, I gave them the other coupon. :)

                              Anyway, I think I posted about this place on here somewhere. Owned by two white guys who looked like they had no business being in a Mexican kitchen, let alone a restaurant. Cheese on my enchiladas was that day-glo orange nacho sauce. Rice and beans were excellent, my wife had a second helping, which they did not charge us for (the owner waived it after I offered my suggestions.. which were... use real cheese (he said the sauce WAS real cheese.. but I said, people like to see shredded cheese.. it looks and tastes better). Also, I suggested horchata (he had to ask what it was, asked me to spell it as he wrote it down.. insert <eye-roll> here.. then turned to ask a Latino about it, who of course knew what it was).

                              They claim BYOB.. they have margaritas but say feel free to bring your own tequila, rum, they'll mix up a smooth concoction. Not sure about the legalities of hard liquor, though.

                              I didn't try the tacos. The wall of hot sauce is huge and impressive, and all are for sale. I'd say there's a few hundred different bottles up there.

                              I grabbed a menu, but can't find it now. Heh, just opened a "Shop-a-Hoiic" we got yesterday (taking Wench's cue), and whaddaya know.. there's a menu! Offering FREE (emphasis theirs) delivery. Hmmm.. lunch?

                              They do have fish tacos (tilapia), 3 "overstuffed" ones, hard or soft shell, for $9.95. No mention of rice or beans. They also have a burrito that's over 1 lb, 16 inches long, that's stuffed with EVERYTHING (again, emphasis theirs) for $14.95.

                              The sad thing is.. this place was hyped/advertised locally for MONTHS before we even had an inkling of where it was going to be. Now that it's arrived.. ho hum. Still, $3 off a $15 order, I might try it again.

                              1. re: MarlboroMan

                                BYOB places are allowed beer and wine only, hard liquor is not permitted (Hmmm, wonder where port or sherry fall?). A BYO establishment is not permitted to advertise that fact on signage or advertising.

                                1. re: MarlboroMan

                                  equal.. HA! good one... apparently i am not the only narrow minded person to think not having pork in a taco shop is wrong. i did not write that review but i would be equally horrified if i had experienced what this person had and walked right out, no matter what the deal. juding from the descriptions, sounds like another americanized attempt.

                                  reflecting more on the numerous taco shops i have tried, none of them were horrible, just their tortillas.

                                  1. re: MarlboroMan

                                    $15 for a burrito? It's neither authentic Mexican, nor realistically priced for the gringos. I have to remember I've moved to the land of predominately crappy Mexican food.

                                    1. re: MarlboroMan

                                      they have "margaritas" but you have to bring your own liquor for them?

                                      So......you mean they have fresh lime juice?

                                      ...And you have to bring your own Tequila and Cointreau.

                                      1. re: RPMcMurphy

                                        At Blue Tortilla you can bring your own tequila, but if you don't have any, receive complementary house tequila. $5 for the margarita mix.

                                        1. re: Caralien

                                          I guess I'm just not understanding. 5$ for a "mix"....what is in it? 5$ is a little steep for lime juice, or do they give you cointreau too? without the alcohol, there is nothing to pre-mix for a margarita, just lime juice.

                                          2 parts Tequila
                                          1 part Cointreau
                                          1 part Lime Juice
                                          .

                                          1. re: RPMcMurphy

                                            it's to get around the lack of a liquor license.

                                      2. re: MarlboroMan

                                        I've been to Paco's Tacos twice and didn't care for it much. I went back today to try their brunch. As the saying goes, the third time's the charm.

                                        I had the Carne Asada - "Thin skirt steak served on a sizzling skillet with eggs, cheese, guacamole and sour cream."

                                        It didn't arrive on a sizzling skillet, and they forgot the cheese, guacamole and sour cream (in fact, I told the waiter this, and he replied, "It doesn't come with those items", but then checked the menu and brought said guac and sour cream.)

                                        Aside from all that, it was still one of the best breakfasts I've had in a long while. Not sure if it's "authentic Mexican", but I really don't care, it was delicious and filling. The skirt steak WAS really thin.. think minute steak thin.. but, it was a huge piece, and actually cooked medium rare like I requested. It was tender and delicious. The two eggs were served fried, and were crispy with yolks intact. Platter came with rice and beans, a generous serving of cubed potatoes (that I nearly dismissed.. they looked very plain, but were actually crispy and delicious), and a nice mound of thin crispy bacon. My wife loved her chicken enchilada platter. Our daughter seemed happy with her food as well.

                                        Wife said I knocked it out of the park this time.. so we will return for brunch again at some point. A nice touch was that they're running a "buy one brunch, get another half price" special.

                                    2. ChefMD: Have you tried Asporto Cafe?

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/567781

                                      I haven't had many tacos outside of Mexico so I can't speak to Asporto's, but they do have them on the menu.

                                      http://www.jerseymenus.com/printmenu....

                                      It's a small storefront with a handful of unadorned tables. They do mostly takeout and they deliver. Everything we've ordered from Asporto has been delicious, particularly the posole, so it stands to reason that their tacos are good. Mmmm. Pretty good mole too. I love the taco arabes...spicy.

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                                      1. re: fershore

                                        i have not..... i do not get to red bank much although from what i have seen, there should be some great places there, not in "the spot" downtown. posole sounds great right now with this chill. maybe i will make some monday.........

                                        1. re: chefMD

                                          Jose Mexican In Spring lake has the most delicious Pasole Soup & the Mole Tamales are a favorite of mine also......everything else is very good also....check it out!

                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/joses-mexican...

                                        2. re: fershore

                                          Asporto Cafe has changed ownership. It was called Lino's for awhile, and the food was just as good as before.
                                          But it seems to have changed again. Last time I stopped there, there was no sign out front. I didn't recognize the people working there. I got take-out tacos. They were not as good as usual. I will try again.
                                          Lately my favorite tacos are at "Tacos No Problem" in downtown Keyport.

                                        3. Flemington has a little mexican place on main street, I had some really good tacos there, al pastor is always great, carnitas hit or miss. as for authenic in jersey? it seems to be authentic and not so good, or really good and not so authentic

                                          1. recent finds

                                            -----
                                            Blue Tortilla Restaurant
                                            18 N Main St, New Hope, PA 18938

                                            Noa-Noa Mexican Restaurant
                                            114 French St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

                                            Chapin Restaurant
                                            146 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542

                                            Mio Mex Grill
                                            3151 Route 27, Franklin Park, NJ 08823

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                                            1. re: Caralien

                                              Anyone tried La Hacienda in Bradley Beach? I've heard good things and pass it by frequently, but never have tried it. Its been there for several years.

                                              Also, if you're interested in travelling, or on a train lay-over in Newark, NJ "Mi Pequeno Mexico" on Ferry Street in Ironbound, Newark about 3 blocks from Penn Station is excellent. Large delicious burritos served with spanish rice and refried beans on the side, chopped radish & other vegetables, sour cream and guac.

                                              They have regular and ground beef, grilled chicken, vegetable, bean & cheese and the best pork burrito I've had. They also have a ton of other choices like Tacos, Chalupas, etc, but I've only had the burritos.

                                              1. re: Caralien

                                                In New Brunswick, turn down Sydam Ave, just off rt 27, near the Robt. Wood Johnson complex and there is Rositas Taqueria and 2 or 3 others in the area.

                                              2. I was bored, so I added links to the places mentioned (or the ones I believed were mentioned; being new to the area, I don't know NJ geography).

                                                Places I couldn't find:
                                                Rositas, New Brunswick
                                                Mi Piqueno Loco, Newark
                                                Tacos No Problem, Keyport
                                                Cinqo de Mayo

                                                -----
                                                Asporto Café
                                                222 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701

                                                El Familiar
                                                1246 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753

                                                Mexico Lindo
                                                1135 Burnt Tavern Rd, Brick, NJ 08724

                                                Surf Taco
                                                44 Manchester Ave Ste A, Forked River, NJ 08731

                                                Fins
                                                120 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

                                                Mexico Lindo
                                                26 South St # 2, Freehold, NJ

                                                Los Tapatios Restaurant & Bar
                                                10 Main St West, Orange, NJ

                                                Mi Mexico
                                                1308 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

                                                Taqueria Dos Hermanos
                                                1633 State Route 71, Belmar, NJ

                                                El Familiar Restaurant
                                                3 W Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

                                                Los Caminos De Don Chucho
                                                1647 State Route 35, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

                                                Jose's Mexican Restaurant
                                                101 State Route 71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

                                                El Monterrey Mexican Cuisine
                                                813 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ

                                                Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill
                                                2428 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

                                                Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill
                                                1822 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

                                                Cinco DeMayo Restaurant
                                                61 Market St, Clifton, NJ 07012

                                                Pacos Tacos
                                                455 Highway 520, Marlboro, NJ 07746

                                                Surf Taco Manasquan
                                                121 Parker Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736

                                                La Hacienda
                                                700 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

                                                La Hacienda
                                                251 French St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

                                                La Hacienda
                                                102 McLean Blvd, Paterson, NJ 07514

                                                La Hacienda Restaurant
                                                5708 Westfield Ave, Pennsauken, NJ 08110

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                                                1. re: Caralien

                                                  Caralien , that's really helpful. Thanks!

                                                2. We returned to Mi Mexico last night. I feel guilty we don't visit more frequently. $20 for ten tacos, I couldn't cook at home for that!

                                                  Last nights winners were the Pastor (seasoned pork) and the Suadero (broiled beef). The Oreja (pork ears) were interesting, but lacked much flavor. Luckily, the in house hot sauce is quite tasty. Also, I tried the Chivo (goat). It was flavorful, but very dried out -- disappointing!

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                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                    bummer...... still the best i've had in NJ though. wished i lived closer.... pork ears are definitely different, gotta love em'.

                                                    1. re: chefMD

                                                      Five different pork tacos (if you include Chorizo). Five different beef tacos, as well (if you include Tripe and Toungue). I am afraid I had forgotten how much fun it is to eat there.

                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                        Tongue ,,, yum!!! What about chicharron?

                                                        1. re: bgut1

                                                          Si - they offer it as a platter with salsa verde.

                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                            how the hell did i miss that????????

                                                    2. re: MGZ

                                                      Got my first Mi Mexico fix in ages yesterday (crossing that bridge ain't easy in the summer). Tacos, as always, were solid. Also, the salsa tasted better than we remembered, but that may have been due to the season. Most noteworthy about the visit, however, was the redecoration. Fresh paint, new neon lights around the ceiling (no idea why), even some new chairs. Hope this means they'll be around for a while!

                                                    3. FYI chowhounds... The Baja Fresh on RT 35 Middletown is closed and moved out. I'm surprised because I had the impression they were doing a good business -- cheap, convenient, fast. The food was tolerable.

                                                      I'm sorry for the people who lost their jobs. I'm sorry my town loses a rateable. But I'm sorta glad to see a Baja Fresh go down because they are a landfill hog. They generate way more than their fair share of plastic utensils, styrene plates, etc.

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                                                      1. re: val ann c

                                                        That must have just happened, as I thought they were open this past weekend. No real loss. On the few times I went in there, i was hoping for something better than the typical fast food, but it really was never better than Taco Bell. Yuk.

                                                        1. re: val ann c

                                                          I was there last week and commented that it seemed almost deserted at dinner time on the weekend. The food was touted to be made with all fresh ingredients, but seemed like just average Tex Mex type food. A step above Taco Hell, but not worth the money. It won't be missed, IMO.

                                                        2. Plain and simply. A great $2.50 taco can be found at Joyce's Bakery in South Bound Brook. Chorizo, Pollo, Carne,.

                                                          A double soft taco full of meat, freshly sauteed onions, and fresh cilantro. Your choice of the caliente red or salsa verde toppings with a side of limes. BYOB.

                                                          I don't bother with anyplace else here in the Garden State. Reminds me of any of the 'mobile' taqueiras in Sonoma County that are the best (especially the one in Guerneville CA)

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                                                          1. re: ParadiseWaits

                                                            donde esta South Bound Brook?

                                                            1. re: chefMD

                                                              Just south of Bound Brook.

                                                              heh...

                                                              Easton Ave or Weston's Canal Road exits off of 287

                                                              http://maps.google.com/maps?q=south+b...

                                                          2. We continue to enjoy the Taqueria Madrigal Taco Truck (summer fri/sat/sun) Shenandoah Park & their Restaurant (all year long) in Lakewood NJ when the craving arises for awesome Tacos, is hard to beat for authentic Mexican Tacos.....enjoy!

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