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Looking for really good Mexican in Portland Miane

sopo Oct 14, 2009 01:13 PM

Does it exist?

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    sk46 RE: sopo Oct 14, 2009 02:54 PM

    No. Try agave in portsmouth. I thought El Rayo might be a saving grace but nope. Itsy bitsy portions, big prices and no flavor. The meat in the burrito tasted like it was cooked on a car muffler and to pay a dollar for a thimblefull of pico is just not right. I thought the pumpkin seed spicy krispy treat they have would be fantastic but it was stale and dry. Fajita grill in westbrook is tasty and they try really hard but it is what it is.

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      jackattack RE: sopo Oct 14, 2009 06:18 PM

      Costa Vida does a pretty dern good job for a chain. Best you'll find around Portland I'd think. Nope, "really good mexican" does not exist here yet.

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        hicow RE: jackattack Oct 15, 2009 01:11 PM

        Costa Vida is OK. The thing I don't like about them is lack of any hot salsa. I asked a couple of times and was told that people in Maine don't like hot food. Well, I don't buy that so they lost a customer. The closest thing to good Mexican In Portland is Tu Casa, a Salvadoran restaurant on Washington Street. Their food is cheap and very tasty.

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        mainemal RE: sopo Oct 15, 2009 06:48 AM

        Concur. However, if you can wander as far north as Brunswick, you'll find El Camino on a back street: really excellent Mexican food, lots of local ingredients and interesting treatments. Right now, it's chile relleno season: poblano stuffed with local queso fresco, raisins, spicy greens: yum!

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