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Apr 20, 2009 04:31 PM

Authentic Mexican Food in Broward?

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        7 Replies
        1. re: amyvc

          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.

          1. re: Nick

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

          2. re: amyvc

            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.

            1. re: amyvc

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

              1. re: runslikesnail

                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

              2. re: amyvc

                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!


              3. Eduardo de San Angel is excellent, agreed :)

                1. 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.