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Aug 3, 2009 09:24 PM

Mexican in Worcester - 2 reviews

Had the opportunity to try Mexican on consecutive weekends. Here's the skinny;

Mezcal - Place was packed on a Friday night. We had a big party (16) and they handled us admirably, but this place isn't meant for big groups. Parties of 2-4 are better off. Decent but overpriced margaritas. Good salsa and guac. Entrees were hit and miss. My chile relenos were ok. Carne asada was great, as was the duck special. Apps such as corn and lobster fritters, queso, and pork taquitos were good to excellent. One friend had a burrito and did not like it. In short, this place is trying to blend traditional Mexican fare with a trendy fusion dishes, resulting in a mixed experience for our group. I'd go back but wouldn't knock myself out to get there.

Baja Grill - Small on looks, big on taste. Saturday night dinner for 4, no waiting, plenty of empty seats. Salsa and chips were average. Good apps - taquitos, tamales, queso. Very good paella. My companion asked them to prepare it without ancho chiles and they obliged, as each dish is made fresh. Decent steak fajitas with excellent home made corn tortillas, but needed to ask for more; they're coaster-sized. Good burrito and quesadilla said my companions. Service was attentive for the most part, but there is room for improvement. We needed to ask for silverware, and the waiter seemed to forget that we hadn't ordered our entrees once the apps came. It's BYOB so the bill was cheap, maybe $60 for 4. Look past the lack of decor and go for the food. I'll definitely go back here to try the other menu items.

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  1. We were at Baja on Saturday night also. It was pretty darned hot in there.

    The tamales are amazing, as is the corn chile soup. My brother loves the tacos al pastor, but I can't vouch, as I'm a vegetarian. I dig the enchiladas and flautas. My brother's girlfriend had a spicy pork dish, the name of which I can't recall, but they devoured it and raved.

    Our bill for four was $38.

    3 Replies
    1. re: invinotheresverde

      The spicy pork dish. Was it a Posole stew?

      1. re: trufflehound

        I went back to the website to check the name:
        "Cochinita Pibil: (Spicy) Yucatecan pig in a pit. Marinated in garlic, achiote & lime, slowly roasted in banana leaves. Served with rice, black beans, habanero salsa, guacamole, pickled red onions & home made corn tortillas"

        It was a big hit.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Apparently. When we got there they were out of the Cochinita. More reason to return.

    2. I was there on Saturday night, and the place was empty except for one other couple. Two other couples showed up as we were leaving, but business was dismally slow. The owner has already cut back on staff and hours and says she will give the business until November. If things haven't improved by then, they will close.

      Although they have cut back in some areas, the quality is still there. I am addicted to the chicken enchiladas and tamales, and they were sublime, as always.

      I am a regular there, and if they close, where will I go to get my fix? Tortilla Sam's, Mezcal, Margarita's, and the others are not in the same class.

      3 Replies
      1. re: camilled

        I understand the need for cheap rent, but I think the location really hurts them. That area's pretty crappy.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          I like that area...Nick's Bar is diagonally across the street serving German food and great beer and old fashioned drinks. They also have great live music and cabarets....make a night of it!!

          1. re: jeepcj85

            Yeah, Nick's is fine, but that area is scary in general.

      2. Thanks for the tip. we always seem to go through Worcester at meal times. Time to give George's Coney Island Dogs a break. Is it my imagination or is Worcester a little difficult to navigate for a foreigner?