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ISO the best Mexican food in RI

Some that come to mind are El Rancho Grande (my favorite so far), Chilangos, Taqueria Lupita (yet to try but hear its fantastic), La Casa del Pueblo.......

IMHO I love ERG because I love Mexican street style food and the Tuesday dollar tacos filled with meat, onions, and cilantro bring me back to my trips to Mexico.

so let the debate begin!

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  1. Unfortunately, La Casa del Pueblo closed. It happened so close to the death of the owner/patriarch that I'm guessing the family couldn't/didn't want to continue on with the business. I was so sad to see some Chinese takeout place there.

    We tried Taqueria Lupita (the one in Central Falls, not Olneyville) for a second time after not liking it the first time. Found it delicious! And the sangria, well, I could drink a pitcher of it.

    I'm personally not a fan of El Rancho Grande, but apparently I'm one of the only people who feels this way!

    Used to go to Tierras Mexicanas on Broad Street on CF when it was just a taqueria and store, but then they moved, opened (and shortly thereafter closed) a restaurant. Now it's Tierras Hispanas and while their torta de milanesa de pollo somewhat fills the hole left by La Casa del Pueblo, they are sooooooo slllllooooooowwwww. Painfully so.

    The quality of Don Nachos (taco truck on the corner of Barton Street and Dexter right at the Pawt/CF border) has decreased, though my husband still buys tacos there regularly...I no longer get a hankering for even a bite of one.

    And we really really like Mexico Garibaldi both for the food and the atmosphere, though they keep raising their prices.

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    1. re: GabachaYucateca

      so do you like MG or TL better? I have yet to try either, but will soon

      1. re: GabachaYucateca

        I had been curious about Don Nacho for a while and stopped by the log cabin chainlink fenced-in Mexican Taqueria today. A chorizo / carne asada Huarache was quickly and cheerfully made. I notice they have Mundongo, Menudo and Pacita on Sunday. The Elotes with mayo and chili in the summer must be delicious fun. At about 1:30pm three or four customers came and went in the short time I was there. (like GabachaYucatecas esposo I guess). The gracious Senorita in the ventana also offered some Atole which warmed me up in the brisk March air. I really want to try the Pambazo at Taqueria El Taconazo 'inmediatamente' after reading this thread. Central Falls also seems to have some great Latin soul and street treats.

        Don Nacho, 234 Barton Street, Pawtucket, RI

         
         
         
         
      2. Most of my favorites have already been mentioned, except for the tiny hybrid taco truck/restaurant, Taqueria el Taconazo. Taconazo makes very simple antojitos with a tremendous amount of flavor. It was once a trailer-style taco truck, and has now been set up permanently with a very modest enclosed seating area. (Just to be clear, this is basically one step up from a truck--not a full service restaurant). They're set back off the road, located in the back of the parking lot of the Valley Street flea market, right near the Alco buildings on Valley. I haven't loves everything, but some items are really delicious. I strongly recommend the sopes, which the woman who cooks rolls out to order, as well as the pambazos, which are always an incredible mess but yummy beyond belief.

        I've uploaded a picture of a meal I had there a long time ago, that I just have kicking around on my computer...

         
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        1. re: celeriac

          I can't believe no one mentioned Cancun, on Rte 44 in Johnston! That's my favorite.

          1. re: celeriac

            I second this place!

            1. re: celeriac

              I second Taqueria el Taconazo. It is the best Taco place and the best lunch deal anywhere.

              My second is Garibaldi's Mexican food on atwells and academy. Fantastic everything including a masterful verde sauce and great authentic style. Get the tamales on weekends when they are fresh.

              1. re: scrambledurnster

                Taqueria El Taconazo is my new favorite now too. Delicious flavorful tacos.

                Scholars of our century old tradition of transforming lunch wagons into the nuclei of more or less permanent structures are sure to appreciate the delightful shackitecture as well.

                1. re: scrambledurnster

                  The tamales at Mexico Garibaldi are still my faves, by far. Other than tamales, Chilangos is my fave.

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                  Chilangos
                  447 Manton Ave, Providence, RI 02909

              2. Chilangos, just posted on another thread. The chile verde rolled enchiladas are amazing.

                1. Don Gallo on Chalkstone, only place in town where I've found real tacos.

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                  1. re: kcward

                    What are real tacos? That's what I thought I was eating at all the places I mentioned.

                  2. We tried Taqueria Lupita a few weeks ago and liked it alot. Not much to look at from the outside, and not in the best part of town but the food was really good. I liked the fact that they hand make the tortillas to order. What are the prices like at Cancun? Is it more American or authentic Mexican?

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                    1. re: joe777cool

                      Cancun is very much Americanized Mexican.

                    2. time to revive this post....

                      Looking for new places to try. I looked at the menus of Chilagos and Mexico Garibaldi online and thought they were expensive (for the type of food and in comparison to ERG and TL).

                      Any other hidden gems out there? Good, authentic food and low prices? Bad neighborhoods dont scare me!

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                      1. re: joe777cool

                        I finally found the Taqueria Lupita in Central Falls. I think Lupitas in Olneyville is better.

                        1. re: joe777cool

                          Mexico Garibaldi had raised their prices in between our visits. Still think it's worth it and I still much prefer it to El Rancho Grande.

                          Tierras Hispanas is on Broad Street in Central Falls and I like them though the service is soooooo slow. My husband is a fan of La Hacienda, which is in Olneyville.

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                          El Rancho Grande
                          313 Plainfield St, Providence, RI 02909

                          1. re: GabachaYucateca

                            Im guessing by the locations that Tierras and Hacienda are on the lower end of the price scale?

                        2. Went to El Ranch Grande last night and had some of the best Mexican ever. The spouse got Shrimp/Steak/Chicken Fajitas and for $14 it was enough to serve 2 people. There were 6-8 good size shrimp, plenty of thinly sliced and well seasoned chicken and steak, and a mound of seasoned peppers and onions. She filled up, I had a bit and we still had leftovers (I ate for breakfast!). I had a special, Tinga Poblana? Stewed beef with chourizo, poblano peppers, and a few tomatos. It was delicious. They also recently added a limited bar to their beer selections so we had a delicious pina colada. Finished the meal with some of the best fried ice cream you will ever have.

                          Best part of the meal? We used our entertainment card and got 1 meal free. With alcohol, an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a dessert we only spent about $30 before tip. Talk about value! You cant go wrong at this place - especially on tuesdays....$1 taco night!!!

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                          1. re: joe777cool

                            If you haven't tried Don Gallo yet, you really should, it's on Chalkstone almost at Academy. I've heard good things about Mi Ranchito on Westminister heading out to Olneyville, but haven't been there yet (next on the list). Mexico Garabaldi is worth a visit. I'm ambivalent about Chilangos and you are right on for El Rancho Grande.

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                            Chilangos
                            447 Manton Ave, Providence, RI 02909

                            El Rancho Grande
                            313 Plainfield St, Providence, RI 02909

                            1. re: kcward

                              Second the rec for Don Gallo.

                              1. re: Frobisher

                                Ok - you got me. The SO and I tried Don Gallo last week and LOVED it. The tacos were delicious. Im usually a bigger fan of flour rather than corn tortillas, but the way they prepared the tacos with the small corn tortillas was great. To me it was neck and neck with ERG, better/worse in some aspects.

                                Will probably be the go-to place for tacos for the forseeable future.

                                1. re: joe777cool

                                  At Don Gallo, we tried huarache, tostada, some tacos and guacamole. All delicious. A Go-to place for sure.

                                  1. re: joe777cool

                                    Glad you liked Don Gallo! It really is great. If you prefer flour over corn, look for "Gringas" rather than tacos, the only difference is the shell. I can't remember if they have them differentiated on the menu at Don Gallo, but they could probably do any taco as a gringa if you ask. You could also specify "con tortilla de harina" rather than "tortilla de maiz" with your order. Flour tortillas are pretty much a northern Mexican thing. I remember asking for more tortillas at a place in Texas, and they brought me butter!!

                                    1. re: kcward

                                      I can't believe no one has really mentioned La Lupita in Olneyville. I've been to most of the places in this thread. Taconazo is really good and so is Don Gallo on Chalkstone. But la Lupita is my favorite place. The people are great and the marinated pork tacos are so good. I understand if people like El Rancho Grande better, it is very tasty though I haven't been there in a while, but La Lupita is so fast and cheap and the food is not too greasy. I love the potato in the chicken tacos. I also love their salsa verde. Go check it out. I wish I had a taco now.

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                                      La Lupita
                                      1950 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02909

                                      El Rancho Grande
                                      313 Plainfield St, Providence, RI 02909