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GF's only experience with mexican....taco bell! Help with lunch suggestion!

So we were talking about mexican the other day and she said she really likes taco bell....the disturbing part is that she may have only been half joking...she said she only had mexican once (on a cruise of some sort) but that was years ago.

Plain and simple, looking downtown for a "more mexican" (re: not looking for the absolute perfect experience, lest the hounders begin to eat me alive) place to show her something more akin to the real mccoy. Milagro will do in a pinch, but am flexible (heard of some near St Lawrence market) depending on the cuisine and price point.

Thanks!

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  1. hernandos hidaway young wellesly area???

    1. El Trompo is authentic and delicious.

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      El Trompo
      277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

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      1. re: JonasBrand

        Second El Trompo. It's a good gateway into authentic Mexican, specifically things like tacos al pastor in the style of Mexico City. There's nothing too obscure or unfamiliar on the menu. Plus you're in Kensington Market and can go shopping for Mexican and Central American foodstuffs afterwards, make a fun day of it.

      2. tacos el asador on blood and christie.
        cheap and easy and casual and you can order a large range of food to sample.
        their nachos are dirty and delicious and the only time i actually enjoy liquid cheese. :)

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        1. re: atomeyes

          Tacos el Asador is not Mexican, though the food is very good. I believe they are Salvadorean. I think Cabernet05 meant Kensington Market and not St. Lawrence Market, for authentic tacos and/or tamales. These aren't really restaurants, though. Some names that get tossed around on this board are: Frida's, Rebozos, Milagro and El Jacalito. For a "more Mexican" option that is not too high end, you might try El Sol on the Danforth. Many find Chimichangas satisfying, though I'm not sure how authentic it is. I would avoid The Willow, Hernando's Hideaway, Jalapeno, the place on College near Bathurst and the place on Baldwin St (can't think of the name). There may be a couple of good choices on St. Clair Avenue West, west of Bathurst, but I don't recall their names.

          1. re: 1sweetpea

            The place on Baldwin Street is Margarita's (they also have a location on Carlton), and yes, they're pretty bad. Avoid them.

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              I'm assuming the "College near Bathurst" place is either Rancho Relaxo or Sneaky Dee's, and I'd second the 'avoid' for either here.

          2. Mexitaco _ Bloor & Shaw. Patio and open for lunch.

            http://www3.sympatico.ca/alex.garcia....

            1. Reporting back: went to El Trompo and ordered the Al Pastor, Bistec con queso and the Chongos Zamoranos (washed down with mexican soda, it was a day reminiscent of summer)

              All dishes were quite tasty, nod to the Bistec con quese and the two pepper sauces they provide, I love heat and they did the trick nicely.

              She wants to try new places now, so maybe El Sol!

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              1. re: cabernet05

                Happy you enjoyed El Trompo :) Might need to repeat for some Spicy Chicken Tinga Tacos (best tacos on the menu IMO).