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Apr 30, 2009 05:14 PM

Mexican Restaurant in NJ.

Hello, I'm looking for an Authentic Mexican Restaurant in the Morris County area of New Jersey. I'm bring a Native Southern Californian who is searching for a piece of home. Thank you.

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  1. Don't know where you are in Morris County, but Montclair is half an hour or less from many parts of Morris. Mexicali Rose on Park Street re-opened under new ownership just over a year ago. I would urge you to try it.

    1. Haven't been there in years (moved to CT) but Casa Maya was our FAVORITE place for a long time...

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      1. re: hungrykids

        Was at Casa Maya in High Bridge, out in the middle of no where, a few weeks back. It is still good. Same owners as the restaurant in Meyersville.

        Next door to the restaurant in High Bridge is Lola's, a bakery - she owns this too, had Chocolate Pizza made on a blondie, guava puff pastries, cuban french toast, and Lemon Cake that was AMAZING!!

      2. Hate to say it but stay away from Mexicali Rose if you are used to decent Cal-Mex or Tex-Mex. Senorita's in Bloomfield is better but still doesn't hold a candle to real Southern California mexican. Sorry!

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        1. re: jblevy52

          I found Senorita's dirty, with an uninterested bartender, and a cookie-cutter tex-mex menu. And I'm pretty darned sure the margarita was filled with something that came from a gun or a green neon bottle. Not a notable place, from my experience.

        2. Take a drive into Jersey City and try Taqueria Downtown, 236 Grove Street. Muy auténtico y muy delicioso.

          1. Finding good mexican around here is a challenge... I too have been spoiled by Southern California's mexican food and I haven't come across anything good in Morris County, but if you're willing to drive to Rahway, there's a place called "Beana's" on St. Georges Ave that is excellent. They have great chimichangas and posole.

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            1. re: clairetraas

              Sorry clairetraas - you could not have been spolied by SoCal Mex and say that Beana's is excellent. Beana's - on it's best day, is average. The owner is of Irish descent with no culinary training - just has a hispanic cook that fakes his way through the menu. Sheeesh.

              Tortugas in Princeton is a far more authentic place. It's just a hole in the wall, but the locals know it and appreciate it. Also, La Salsa in Rockaway NJ if your looking for the basics like burritos. It is a SoCal franchise that started on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and covers all of CA and IS the real deal. Although it's a franchise (and looks like it), no lard, no canned anything - all fresh and top quality. I guarantee it. There's also one in Fairfield CT, but the owner there will tell you that the mango salsa in the CA locations is still a better recipe.

              Beana's... o' me madre...