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Mar 23, 2009 04:46 PM

Boston's Best Authentic Mexican/Tex Mex

Need help locating the BEST authentic Mexican or Tex Mex. Was in Texas over the weekend and the food was amazing...haven't found anything close in the Boston area. Slowly losing hope...

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  1. Not Tex Mex, but Angela's, in East Boston, for great (and I believe very authentic) Peublan Mexican, and Mesa, in the South End, for very good Southwestern.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Yes, Masa. Too late for me to edit my typo.

        1. re: Blumie

          Maybe Ive just had really bad experiences there, but every time I go back to Masa it is worse and worse. I had one good meal there about three years ago- and ever since it has been bad. Ive been unimpressed with the wait staff on occasion, their beef has been horribly over cooked, mussels were inedible, various items either over or under seasoned. All the way around-Im unimpressed.
          Villa Mexico though- fantastic.
          My two cents.

          1. re: fmcoxe6188

            Funny, my first experience at Masa was terrible, and I didn't go back for years. I've enjoyed it much more recently. That said, it ain't Mexican!

            1. re: Blumie

              Agreed-it absolutely isnt Mexican. But to that end- I wont be returning unless forced. Too many bad experiences

              1. re: fmcoxe6188

                I went to Masa about a month ago, and I had mixed results as well. First, I thought the waitstaff needed some real help. We were a party of six seated at a 4-top, and their plates were huge - not necessarily a big deal, but the plates sat on the table for a good 10-15 minutes after we were done before being cleared. Also, our server's knowledge of the menu and how the dishes are prepared was very suspect. As far as the food, I thought some parts of dishes to be very good, but the overall presentation didn't mesh well. For instance, I had seared scallops with I believe some sort of citrus sauce, which was excellent, but then a pile of shredded duck drowned in barbecue sauce was dumped in the middle of the plate. I also thought that they put some sauces/purees on the plate because it added to the color or presentation, but really didn't go with anything else on the plate. I think Masa has great potential, but they just haven't found the right formula yet

    1. Angela's and Taqueria Mexico in Waltham are my local standbys for Mexican. There is no decent Tex-Mex here. And no border Mexican since Maria Bonita closed.

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      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        What Barmy said.

        I'd add Villa Mexico at Grampy's Gas Station (yes, really) in Beacon Hill.

        For Salvadoran Mex, Pupuseria Mama Blanca in Eastie, Taco Loco in East Somerville, and Taqueria El Carrizal in Allston are all solid.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          I am so sad about Maria Bonita (I think Aromatherapy first posted about the closing). Truly friendly, earnest folks, they had just renovated the space, and the ceviche was delicious. Beef machaca, too. They somehow had even secured a beer license. When I needed food for a hungry CH potluck party at the last minute, they shone through. The block in which they were located was tough - non-existent foot traffic. If they see this post, maybe they'll try to relocate to a more visible, albeit higher rent, locale.

          I feel really bad - I should have advocated more loudly and consistently. :(

          1. re: digga

            It was in a really bad spot. With Anna's, Boca and Tacos Lupita closer to the busier end of Mass. Ave., it was a victim of the competition from the South. To the north...I think people from Arlington are scared of crossing Alewife Brook Pkwy. ;)

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              I live in East Arlington, and don't hestitate to hit North Cambridge, but the location did stink.. its easier to hit Sabatinos then trek through the residential stretch of East Arlington, cross 16, then park in North Cambridge. If it had been near the Capitol, I would have preferred it over all others..

          2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            Whatever happened to Tu y Yo in Somverville? Used to be one of the only authentic Mexican restaurants in town.


                1. re: robertlf

                  Yes, we have really loved our meals there. A friend was just telling me the cactus, of all things, was great when she was last there within a couple of months.

                  1. re: robertlf

                    MY FAVORITE PLACE! TU Y YO RULES. For more upscale Mexican, there's Ole in Inman Square, Taco Loco in Somerville and of course Tacos Lupita.

                    1. re: NiveaF

                      Ole is also poor. 2X I ate there the food was not particularly good or authentic.

                      Does not totally blow my doors off, but Cafe Angela in East Boston is probably the best in the area.

                      Tacos Lupita is pretty good, I also like Taqueria El Amigo and Taqueria Mexico in Waltham.

                      I had a really good special at Taqueria Mexico recently. They had puerco en mole pipian which was WAY better then the version I have had at Tu Y Yo.

                    2. re: robertlf

                      I went there for the first time last night, and enjoyed myself, but was generally underwhelmed. Started with the grasshopper empanadas, which are gimmicky... the grasshopper has a bit of sour grassy crunch, but that's all. Also had the huitlacoche, which was really nice. I'd planned on ordering their famous winter-only dish Chile Relleno en Nogada, but was told "we don't have it because it's not winter anymore"... said as 4" of snow sat on the ground and several more inches were falling outside. The server recommended the frog legs instead; my dining companions got the carnitas and the beef "borracha". Everything was nice, but very mild and under-seasoned, especially the carnitas pork, surprisingly. For the price, I don't know if I'd return in a hurry, personally. I will say that their sangria's the best I've had in town, and the avocado cheesecake was fantastic.

                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                        Angela's makes an absolutely wonderful Chile Relleno en Nogada as an occasional special (so call first)

                  2. If you're willing to travel north to Gloucester, there is a fabulous take-out only place called Chili Choice. The food is less Tex-Mex, more New Mexico, and wonderful.

                    Chili Choice Products
                    20 Maplewood Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

                    1. ... and if you are willing to travel north to New Hampshire (yes, i know its a hike .. but...), La Caretta in Nashua has a very good selection of home-made dishes like home made tamales and chile autentico.

                      1. For a lunch perspective, Tacos Lupita near Porter Square.. or if you are passing through Hartford, stop at this grocery called La Mercado, I think - inside are a couple of food counters that are DELICIOUS.