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Jan 19, 2010 09:48 AM


Boring first post: I'm looking for a nice mid-range Mexican restaurant. Any ideas? Please, not Casa de Matteo and something above Taqueria. Thanks!

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  1. A search of this board will give you almost all there is to know, as there aren't that many decent mexican option in Mtl.

    I like Los Classicos (on St-Laurent), been there a few times, authentic enough and the staff is nice, though going there always reminds me of the former inhabitant of the location, Ail Y'ail Y'ail, and how much I miss it.

    Back to Mexican, I also hear good things about Itacate (, but cannot comment personally, as I haven't been. It's on my list however.

    1. What about Los Classicos (on St-Laurent st)?

      1. For search engines and such, it's Los Clasicos. -- -- and it's home to the best Mexican food I've eaten in an extant Montreal restaurant. Maria Bonita is pretty good too. Ditto Coin du Mexique.

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        1. re: carswell

          Search function is your friend but here are some links.

          Anyone try La Matraca yet (on St Denis)? It was reviewed in The Gazette a few weeks ago.

          They have the pork on the spit going.

          I still prefer Amaranto on Monkland, very small place and they make everything as fresh as possible, run by a nice young couple. I've been to Los Classicos twice, something is missing in the food, I can't put my finger on it. Maria Bonita and Coin de Mexique very good as well.

          1. re: ios94

            I concur strongly with Maria Bonita (for a bit higher end, smaller and cozier) and Coin du Mexique (bigger & more family-style) for delicious, authentic Mexican - both stamped with the seal of approval of my Mexican-born friend. Cannot go wrong with either!

            1. re: kpzoo

              Had a very memorable meal at Maria Bonita over the weekend. Normally go to Guadeloupe Mexicaine, but decided to try something different. Glad we did. Really enjoyed the "tapas-style" dining. We had 6 different dishes between the two of us. Highlights were the Rajas Con Crema & Conchinita Pibil. Warm atmosphere and overall very friendly service.
              Still prefer the Sopa Azteca & Margaritas over at Guadeloupe, but will definately return.