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Best Mexican w/ killer taco's in Fairfield County?

Roadfoodfan Nov 17, 2009 11:03 AM

Help me find a great Mexican joint.......

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    laylag Nov 24, 2009 11:35 AM

    If you're not looking for a sit down, El Charrito, the taco truck in Stamford although I don't know when they close for their winter vacation. Speaking of which, I'd better find out so I can get a fix before they leave.

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    1. re: laylag
      adamclyde Nov 24, 2009 02:41 PM

      I think they are going to try and stay open through the winter this year. Can't remember exactly what they said, but when I asked I got a response something to the effect of, "we are working on something so we don't have to." Then again, the huarache stuffed in my mouth at the time might have impaired my hearing.

      1. re: adamclyde
        hungrykids Nov 24, 2009 04:29 PM

        Funny, Adam, based on your chowhound history, it seems like you ALWAYS have a huarache (or similar) stuffed in your mouth! I think by now your hearing ought to have adjusted to the situation!!

        For those of us who can't make it to Stamford on a regular basis (and, yes, based on your descriptions, I wish I could), is there ANYPLACE between Danbury and Norwalk that would be the "next best thing" in your opinion?

        1. re: hungrykids
          adamclyde Nov 25, 2009 06:26 AM

          I haven't really done any taco exploration along that route 7 corridor. But I have heard there are some good places in Danbury for tacos (there must be, given the demographics). Norwalk does have some decent places (see above) but I still haven't done my full deep dive on all tacos in Norwalk. Soon... soon...

      2. re: laylag
        adamclyde Nov 25, 2009 06:28 AM

        Oh, and I should reiterate what Laylag says, the best tacos in Fairfield are probably at El Charrito, followed, possibly, by Casa Villa just down the road. But the best stuff at El Charrito isn't the tacos - its the huaraches, sopes and mexican quesadillas, and other specials.

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        mossboss19 Nov 20, 2009 12:30 PM

        TEquila Mockingbird in New Canaan is awesome! Very authentic atmosphere, great food, good price (especially for New Canaan.) Plus, the best selection of tequila's and margaritas around. They also have the best salsa and pico di gallo. They know how to do it right! Highly recommended

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        1. re: poppy
          shark_attack Nov 23, 2009 11:15 AM

          While Tequila Mockingbird is an excellent place to put on a major Margarita buzz, and while there is sometimes a fairly vibrant social scene surrounding the partaking thereof at their bar, I do not now nor have I ever thought of Tequila Mockingbird as being a terribly good place to eat.

          Does anyone remember and miss Pancho Villa's of Westport? Not a week goes by, 20 years later, that I don't miss them and their cuisine.

          Truth is, there are very few good affordable and most of all delicious places to eat around town these days.

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          jillcooks Nov 18, 2009 01:56 AM

          Tacos Mexico in East Norwalk on Fort Point Street, Im not a HUGE mexican fan, but my husband and stepson are(relocated Texans) and they rave. I enjoy their food more than most others in the area, and it is reasonable....as it SHOULD be....fer cryin out loud what is the mark up on beans!??!?!?!?!?

          Tacos Mexico
          82 Fort Point St, Norwalk, CT 06855

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          1. re: jillcooks
            adamclyde Nov 19, 2009 04:14 AM

            Which tacos do you like there? I've had them a few times and enjoyed them, but it's been a long time. Are there any that really stand out?

            Have you had the tacos at Los Portales grocery just down the road? If so, how would you compare them?

            1. re: adamclyde
              cardiak Nov 20, 2009 12:22 PM

              Seconded on Tacos Mexico. I work in East Norwalk and I've been going to Tacos Mexico every Thursday for around 2 years. My favorite taco is the bistek, but they're all good. The Chorizo was a little too spiced for me; but people who like chorizo will probably enjoy it; the pastor, carnitas, and pollo are all great as well.

              I almost always get one taco along with whatever else I get there. (I've sampled a good chunk of the menu now, and my favs are the enchiladas verdes and pollo al limon, my friends love the chicken in 'diabla' sauce, which is a spicy smoky barbequesque sauce)

              Just FYI, since I'm not sure what your history with tacos is, these are mexican-style tacos, not tex-mex, so they are two soft corn tortillas together, filled with meat, sauteed onions, and chopped cilantro and diced raw onion.

              1. re: cardiak
                adamclyde Nov 23, 2009 10:00 AM

                how is the al pastor at Tacos Mexico? Is it spit roasted? (I'm doubting, but figured I'd ask in the remote hope).

                How, exactly, is the carnitas? Is it rich/ moist? Any idea if they cook it the proper way (in lard)? Great carnitas is sadly, hard to come by in these parts.

                also, have you tried the tacos at the los portales bakery down the road? Any comparison - better or worse?

                I've been to tacos mexico, but it's been a good 4 years, so no idea how it is. Thanks for the reports.

                1. re: adamclyde
                  plien69 Nov 25, 2009 10:11 AM

                  Tried Tacos Mexico last night. Wasn't too impressed. The pastor is not spit roasted, rather seemed to be chopped (dry) pork sprinkled with spices. Likewise, the carnitas was pretty dry, more like pulled, roasted pork shoulder.

                  The best part was the salsa, traditionally thin, but with a great, tangy kick of vinegar.

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