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Authentic Mexican Food in Broward?

floatfood Apr 20, 2009 04:31 PM

Hello there,

We are new to the area and I would like to find some authentic Mexican restaurants in and around Broward county. Does anyone have any suggestions? Any help is much appreciated!

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    amyvc May 31, 2009 06:31 PM

    Ok, so we checked out Casa Maya in Deerfield. Really excellent. Small with only beer, wine and sangria, but very comfortable atmosphere. The food was excellent. There was a regular salsa and an very spicy one, with an extra bowl for hubby to mix to desired degree of heat. I loved the salsa and ate way too much. For an appetizer, we had Codzito Pibli: Fried tortillas with roasted pork and pibli sauce - fantastic. The pork was very flavorful. For dinner, I got Carne Tampiquena - very good. Tender flank steak with onions and usual side of refried and rice. Only issue was the cheese enchilada was not great - congealed and cold. My husband got tacos al carbon with steak - also excellent.

    We were there on a Saturday and there was a pleasant, fun atmosphere. Service was efficient if not overwhelming. I'm bummed that this place is pretty far from my house in Plantation. I will definitely go back - I felt like it was a cut-above the usual Mexican crap we get....

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      chef nicole Apr 29, 2009 05:30 PM

      Its not broward, but in Miami on 8th St Rinconcito El Mexicano is really good and authentic down to the fresh baked mexican pastries, worth the trip from wherever you are. Other than that there are about 10 stands at the farmers market in homestead that are all super good and authentic, all these places are run by Mexicans. My husband has been living here only 7 years and he loves these places.

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      1. re: chef nicole
        dharma May 11, 2009 06:46 AM

        Best taqueria I have found is the Tortilleria Mexicana on Dixie Highway south of Commercial. It's on the west side of the street. Sign is small, but it's next to Lucarella's which is easy to spot. The food is excellent, Taco's al Pastor, Lengua, Cabeza, etc. Also chile verde y roja. They make Tortillas for all over. You can buy a hot stack of 50 and take them home. Put them in the freezer and heat them in the microwave when you need a calientita or a quesadilla.

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          johnmlinn May 11, 2009 10:52 AM

          Always wondered about this place - you've convinced me to check it out!

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            johnmlinn May 12, 2009 12:12 PM

            So I checked out Tortilleria Mexicana today and had a great lunch there. Very authentic little market with a small 12-seat eatery attached. The menu is pretty small, but includes a lot of the favorites mentioned above, plus carnitas, asada, and barbacoa. I ordered one taco each of al pastor, lengua, and cabeza (each $2). All came on two homemade corn tortillas with a generous helping of fresh cilantro and raw onion. The pastor was the winner out of those three - I found the cubes of tongue a little dry but very beefy, while the shredded cabeza was perfectly fatty and juicy. It seems like getting a platter is the way to go, however. You get a huge portion of meat, onions, and cilantro and a fresh stack of flour tortillas they pull individually wrapped and still steaming from a plastic cooler. I asked for a side of salsa picante and received an orange and red salsa that was hot enough to take wallpaper off a wall. Excellent stuff!

            Afterwards, we checked out the rest of the little tienda, which has a nice supply of spices, including dried arbol, ancho, and cascabell peppers, perfect for toasting and grinding into powder. The meat department had a huge array of unconventional cuts, from beef neck and oxtail to pork belly, plus a whole mess of freshly fried chicharron chilling in a heating case. The attendant was super friendly and offered us a few pieces of chicharron on the house because a new batch was about to come out of the back. Brilliantly crisp and fatty pork skin - stuff was dynamite.

            This place is a real find. Thanks for the heads up dharma!

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              Kajikit Jun 5, 2009 02:10 PM

              I'll have to check it out myself... it's just around the corner from me but it looks like such a hole-in-the-wall from the outside that I've never set foot in the door. Sounds like I was much mistaken...

          2. re: dharma
            dbarnard May 12, 2009 08:42 AM

            What's a calientita?

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          Bryony Apr 29, 2009 11:02 AM

          Best I've found is the smaller of the two taco stands at the Swap Shop (West side, by the farmer's market). Last I was there, I had the best tamale I've eaten since I lived in LA. It had an entire drumstick in it! Plus, the people watching cannot be beat.

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            ldkelley Jun 5, 2009 06:49 PM

            Oh I had no idea that was in there! I will have to check it out one weekend.

          2. floridan Apr 28, 2009 08:01 PM

            Recently found a new Mexican restaurant in Margate on State Rd 7 (north of Coconut Creek Pkwy) - El Zocalo.

            Not quite as authentic as Dona Raquel, but not far off, and much nicer atmosphere.

            I especially like their pozole. Wide range of taco fillings.

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              DagnyTaggart Apr 23, 2009 02:36 PM

              Eduardo de San Angel is excellent, agreed :)

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                amyvc Apr 22, 2009 05:57 PM

                I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mexican and was in heaven when I went to California. Sadly, South Florida just doesn't have phenomenal Mexican and I have lived here all of my life.

                Azteca - not great

                La Bamba - decent, definitely caters to gringo palate, but not extraordinary

                Mex Cafe - i was not impressed

                Eduardo de San Angel - insanely good. Fine dining, though, so not the every week kinda place, unless you can afford it.

                Zona Fresca - awfully good taqueria. We eat here about once every 2 weeks. limited menu but they have beer and wine. There's one in Plantation and one in Ft Lauderdale.

                Baja Cafe - in Boca. This is my favorite Mexican place in S Florida. It's a California-style. It's not Broward but Boca's pretty close.

                Uncle Julio's - also in Boca. Anyone been? It's new.

                Guacamole - Plantation on 441 and Broward. Very good, not much atmosphere but guac was great. Food was very good too.

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                1. re: amyvc
                  Nick Apr 23, 2009 05:05 AM

                  I thought the tacos al pastor at Taqueria Dona Raquel in Pompano were pretty good. I know that place gets a lot of praise on this board.

                  Also, I know you said Broward, but if you're willing to venture a bit south, Cheen Huaye is a great Yucatecan restaurant near US1 and 151st.

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                    ldkelley Jun 5, 2009 06:48 PM

                    Dona Raquel is wonderful and it is the only "authentic" Mexican place I've eaten at yet down here.

                  2. re: amyvc
                    swoll50 May 12, 2009 03:46 PM

                    Uncle Julio's is Dallas-based. I'd eaten at one of the locations in Texas and went over to the new Boca one last weekend. Compared to most of the mexican places down here, this is definitely more Tex-Mex oriented, which is fine by me. We really don't have much Tex-Mex at all in South Florida.

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                      runslikesnail May 13, 2009 08:11 AM

                      Baja Cafe is in Deerfield Beach - it's in Broward.

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                        amyvc May 31, 2009 06:21 PM

                        There a 2 Bajas. There is one in E Boca as well, unless it's closed in the last few weeks. The other is in Deerfield

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                        Pennstater May 20, 2009 08:26 AM

                        There is a Zona Fresca in Plantation!!?? Finally a place for us "westerners". Driving to US1 is a drag!! Gonna go check it out, thanks for mentioning that!


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                          johnmlinn May 20, 2009 02:53 PM

                          Aye: http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2008-...

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                        Raboi Apr 21, 2009 09:04 PM

                        This place isn't exactly the hub of authentic Mexican.

                        I like La Bamba but its spanish mexican and really just caters to the gringo palate.

                        Eduardo de San Angel is wonderful but it is fine dining.

                        Check out Casa Maya though. I hear great things about i.

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                          nmurawsk Apr 21, 2009 04:56 PM

                          I'm not exactly an expert on 'authentic' Mexican cooking but, I have tried a few and have gotten recommendations by Mexican's or friends of Mexican's.

                          Azteca: Pine Island and State Road 84. They also have a Taco Tuesday Special.

                          La Bamba: 2 Locations - Sunrise and Nob Hill and I think there is also one on Federal.

                          Mex Cafe: Nob Hill and Sunset Strip. They make a mean chelada and great guacamole.

                          A gourmet Mexican is Eduardo de San Angel for special occasions.

                          Tipico: Sunrise Blvd, just west of the Galleria in a shopping plaza on the South Side.

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