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Jan 31, 2009 06:05 PM

Mexican in Lower Westchester - finally

So we moved here a year ago and have tried very unsuccesfully to find a halfway decent Mexican Restaurant in Lower Westchester (in fact, they barely exist in Manhattan either). Our experience with Mexican restaurants here are: high priced, low quality food, poor service and many times, not even close to authentic.

We took a chance on El Gran Rodeo tonight and we were not disappointed!! All ingredients were fresh...that's right, the salsa, guacamole, onions, refried could taste every last ingredient. The portions were extremely generous, as were the included sides of sour cream, guacamole, fresh sliced avocado, refried beans. The salsa had the right kick and the tortillas were homemade...and you could taste the difference. The owner, Juan Cisneros, who was an excellent host, offered several specials. The rice pudding dessert was perfectly simple, but fresh again and delicious. Dinner for two $30 and under without drinks. Drink prices were reasonable..sangria was great.

The lunch menu looks excellent, and we will return without a doubt. $6.99 lunch menu includes a soda.

Thank god...finally a Mexican Restaurant!

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I also moved to Westchester area, (from midwest) and I can't for the life of me find any good Mexican. To date the best I have found is in Hoboken, NJ. Charritos. They have very fresh food, excellent guacamole and I give them a good grade for Mexican dishes overall. Otherwise, that is it so far.

    1. Where are they located. We had Sunset Grill which was excellent and everyone is waiting for them to reopen.

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      1. re: kaaaassss

        I am guessiing, after a fast search, that it is here:
        390 North Ave.
        New Rochelle, NY 10801-4133 914-633-9211

        And if it is this place, GF and I had a lunch there right after they opened.
        While we both re-call eating there, niether one of us recall much else.
        GF thinks that her friend, who was with us and from CA, enjoyed it.

        Perhaps, after opening shake-down and for dinner, it could be better.

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        1. About 2 years ago I got a tip from one of the workers at Paleteria Fernandez (a mexican ice cream shop in port chester). He'd recommended two places. La Herradura, and El Gran Rodeo. The former used to be good, but now stinks. But I never got to try the latter. I'm glad you tried it and had a good experience. Seems I should give it a try.

          As for other Mexican, there is quite a good handful of good Mexican these days in Westchester. If you don't care about ambiance, and just want the great tacos, etc., try Sunshine Deli in White Plains.

          My favorite tacos in all of Westchester are still at Tortilleria Los Gemelos in Port Chester. Wonderful tacos, tortas, etc. They've made the interior pretty attractive too. The only drawback are the incredibly uncomfortable booth seating. But check it out.

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          1. re: adamclyde

            Try Plaza Garibaldi on Nepperhan Ave in Yonkers. Seems authentic, including the same type of ice pops available at Paleteria Fernandez.

            1. re: gsun

              are they buying paletas from Paleteria Fernandez? That's cool if so. Fernandez makes them there in their shop. they changed their packaging about a year ago, which may have been the time when they started shipping their stuff to other places.

              1. re: gsun

                by the way, I wonder if there is any relation to Garibaldi's in Stamford, a little Mexican joint on West Main...