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Where do you think the best Mexican Food Resides?

serenity4904 Feb 16, 2010 11:55 AM

Ok, so I live in Delray and have been living here for my whole life and let me tell you I have found the BEST Mexican Resturant around!! It is in in Lake Worth called Zapata Mexican... yumm!! The owner/chef grew up in Mexico and moved over here and opened this place up. I mean the prices are amazing!! Two dollar tacos and empanadas, this place is the best!! You must check it out!!! I think its my favorite resturant in south Florida, I am super picky because I think if you go to an international resturant you should be exposed to what is the actual cuisine, not some made up "americanized" version! Go and support this hard working lady!

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  1. HabaneroJane RE: serenity4904 Feb 16, 2010 02:31 PM

    Eduardo de San Angel in Fort Lauderdale, hands down!

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      DagnyTaggart RE: HabaneroJane Feb 23, 2010 02:52 PM

      Re: Eduardo de San Angelo - agreed, it's outstanding.

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        dbarnard RE: HabaneroJane Feb 23, 2011 08:54 AM

        I finally went there, and it seemed bland and expensive.

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          helou RE: dbarnard Feb 23, 2011 09:25 AM

          Did you have the cilantro soup? We were there last week and I have to admit that the rest of the meal was fine, but certainly didn't live up to the hype; however, the cilantro soup was amazing. I'm still hoping that someone here will get the recipe, or some approximation.

      2. freakerdude RE: serenity4904 Feb 17, 2010 05:32 PM

        I can tell you where the best mexican food hasn't resided since I moved here 3 years ago.........in my belly! If Zapata is really all that, maybe I might have to try it out. I have heard Montezuma in WPB is good but that is only from one source and it's been a while.

        I don't understand why I can't get a good mexican meal like a good chicken mole' or even some real deal hand rolled corn husk cased tamales. I know where to get good tacos but the main entree places that aren't amerimex'd to the max are hard to find.

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          dbarnard RE: freakerdude Feb 22, 2010 04:48 AM

          There are tons of threads mentioning Dona Raquel in Pompano, all are true! That is one great place, and you can get mole on the weekends. Not the chocolate junk, either! The store next door has great fresh tortillas, so stock up when you go there.

        2. gblcsw RE: serenity4904 Feb 17, 2010 07:39 PM

          I agree with Jane, Eduardo de San Angel for authentic Mexico City Mexican!

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            LargeLife RE: gblcsw Feb 21, 2010 05:19 AM

            In Homestead.....everyone has their favorites.....NicaMex (most authentic by far).....El Toro....food is good and you can bring in your own cooler....can be loud and rowdy.....Casita Tejas is solid......Never had a bad meal in Florida City at Rosita's....which is less than 5 minues south of NicaMex...El Toro and Casita Tejas.....which are within rock throwing distance of each other......


          2. freakerdude RE: serenity4904 Feb 22, 2010 08:46 AM

            Is this on the east side of US-1 just south of 6th Ave? I think I passed it on the way to the street painting festival in LW yesterday.

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              camelrg9 RE: serenity4904 Feb 24, 2010 09:01 AM

              I am going to with the unsual reply, and although you requested for a restaurant, the foodtruck (they do have a parking lot full of tables, and I believe a little locale where you can actualy sit, comfortably), in Lake Worth, called Tacos al Carbon, is a delcious mexican food institution established for years. It is the closest I have come to good (authentic) Mexican food; and the prices are very reasonable. I've tried Montezuma but was not all that impressed.

              1. CFByrne RE: serenity4904 Mar 16, 2010 10:23 PM

                good article on Donna Raquel...


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                  DagnyTaggart RE: CFByrne Jul 14, 2010 09:34 PM

                  This place is fantastic, worth a pilgrimage :)

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                    elgringoviejo RE: DagnyTaggart Mar 22, 2011 06:02 PM

                    Had the Shrimp a la mexicana/camarones rancheros there on Saturday, and this place is as excellent and authentic as any of the over one hundred dinners that I have eaten at restaurantes in Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Que viva Dona Raquel. All gente decente like her, and only pendejos don't.

                2. Blind Mind RE: serenity4904 Jul 16, 2010 11:36 AM

                  Talavera in Coral Gables has some good Mexican dishes and good prices as well. I really enjoyed the Tacos al Cabron on my last visit.

                  1. 2top RE: serenity4904 Jul 17, 2010 11:10 AM

                    I also agree that Dona Raquel in Pompano is a great authentic Mexican Restaurant. I went there years ago when I first moved to Miami. It's been a couple of years since I found anything as authentic and they are right here in my backyard. Cheen Huaye at 15400 Biscayne Boulevard and Burritos Grill Cafe at 11707 Biscayne. Since my years in LA I have aquired a taste for Yucatecan cuisine which I find at both places.

                    Cheen Huaye
                    15400 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33160

                    Burritos Grill Cafe
                    11717 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33181

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                      oncidium RE: serenity4904 Jul 20, 2010 06:19 AM

                      We checked El Agave Azul in Davie this past weekend and it was excellent. Very authentic and affordable. It's a little take-out joint in the same plaza with Creolina's on SR 84. Their taco al pastor was very good but Dona Raquel would be better because of the pineapple. Everything else we had was yummy.

                      209 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

                      El Agave Azul
                      W State Road 84, Davie, FL 33325

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                        Sport Rider RE: serenity4904 Jul 21, 2010 12:52 PM

                        Okay, I will throw in a wild card that may be considered "americanized", Rocco's Tacos provides the best americanized Mexican food I have had locally - I have been working my way around the menu and have NOT been dissappointed at all. And the service is always friendly, hospitable and efficient! The Food tastes very fresh and the offerings are somewhat unique - so far this is where I have had the best Chiles Relenos! However, I will definitely take the other suggestions mentioned here for local authentic Mexican as they sound like definite winners!

                        Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar - Boca Raton
                        5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33436

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                          Mat Josher RE: Sport Rider Jul 21, 2010 02:54 PM

                          I was disappointed with Rocco's. My waiter disappeared for 30 or 40 minutes at a time and the food amounted to salty goop.

                          For Mexican, I like Las Fajitas. I can't call it authentic, but it's not Tex-Mex either. Very fresh and unique.

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                            Mayden RE: Mat Josher Jul 22, 2010 06:45 AM

                            I cannot yet speak for the other places mentioned but the Cilantro soup (which I am not sure is always offered) at Eduardo De San Angel was heavenly.
                            Normally I am not a huge soup person, but the waiter mentioned that it was a local favorite so I figured why not! After eating it I could see why.

                            The portions were more than generous, and they had a really large variety of desserts which was surprising.

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                              johnmlinn RE: Mayden Jul 26, 2010 10:16 AM

                              I first had the cilantro soup about 6 years ago, and I've been trying to recreate it at home ever since. What amazes me is it has a creaminess to it, but as far as I know there's no dairy in it (although if I recall, Pria does put cojita cheese on top). After years of practice, I can make a decent approximation at home, but it's not as good as the real thing. I'm going to see if I can get the actual recipe from Pria and post it on my blog.

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                                Mayden RE: johnmlinn Jul 26, 2010 12:01 PM

                                Without a doubt, that was 6 years well spent. Cilantro is one of my all time favorite ingredients, and to see it used in this medium was a real treat. Good luck getting the recipe! I look forward to seeing how it’s concocted. It would be a great one to add to the family cookbook for sure.

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                                  helou RE: johnmlinn Feb 22, 2011 07:57 AM

                                  I'm new here, but I just had the Cilantro Soup at Eduardo San Angel and I'm obsessed with getting a recipe for it since I live up in NJ. Has anyone had any luck getting the recipe? John, would you tell me what you've created on your own?

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                                OysterHo RE: Mat Josher Jul 27, 2010 06:01 PM

                                Hi Mat!

                                The last time I was at Las Fajitas I found a hair in my food. The table next to us had an issue too, but I couldn't hear what they were whispering about to their waiter. This was a few years ago and after we left we went on line to look up their inspection records and they were really bad. A lot of problems :(

                                I admit it's been a while, but I swore it off. I'm trying to find out what their records are like now. We went to their sister restaurant this weekend, Senor Burrito, we had no idea they were related. The fish tacos were good though lol.

                                I still prefer Dona Raquel but my bf won't go there anymore because they don't have guacamole lol. Urg.

                                Also Rocco's Tacos is overpriced and annoying. $12 for a tiny blob of guacamole? It's highway robbery! I'm certain we won't go back there unless we have to for someone's birthday or something. Rip. Off.

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                                  OysterHo RE: OysterHo Jul 27, 2010 06:23 PM


                                  looks like they're better than 2 years ago, so that's good. I think I don't want to look up restaurants' inspection reports on this site anymore. It's disturbing lol.

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                                    freakerdude RE: OysterHo Jul 27, 2010 06:35 PM

                                    My last visit to Senor Burrito Boca wasn't that good. The salsa was horribly bland, just as if they took tomato sauce from a can and added some onion and nothing else. Mole verde was just OK. I doubt I will be back since I rarely eat out for lunch during the week in Boca. There's too many other places I would like to try.

                                    Rocco's Tacos......nah, I don't plan on going back there either except for the 'scene'.

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                                      EDom10 RE: freakerdude Mar 1, 2011 12:46 PM

                                      Las Fajitas and Senor Burrito used to be ok, but in the past couple of years definitely went downhill, I was a regular at both. Casa Maya Grill in Deerfield Beach is 10x better and a more friendly ambiance and stuff and comparable prices.

                                      Las Fajitas
                                      23160 Sandalfoot Plaza Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33428

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                                WestonTexan RE: serenity4904 Jul 23, 2010 06:58 AM

                                Tacos al Carbon on Lake Worth Road. They actually inhabit the trailer and the freestanding restaurant adjacent to it. This is coming from someone who ate tacos for breakfast his entire life too. There's also a truck that parks on the side of Southern (if I remember correctly) on the way into Loxahatchee that has great food.

                                If your looking for a table clothed establishment that serves good food from the Mexican Interior, I haven't found one worth recommending in the five years I've been here.

                                1. freakerdude RE: serenity4904 Dec 28, 2010 03:58 PM

                                  Went to Zapata today for lunch. This is a nice clean place on US-1 just below 6th. The menu has lots of items and even mexican subs (tortas). The lunch and the dinner menus are very reasonably priced. The lady who runs it (possibly the owner) is very nice and helpful. Tortillas are made in house along with everything else. Don't fear going here as she speaks English well and will accomodate you.

                                  Horchata (rice and cinnamon) was really good and you should order one of their flavored aguas. Forget the sodas unless it is a jarritos. Salsa wasn't much to speak of but just ok. I ordered a taco pastor, a pork tamale, a verde chicken enchilada, and beans & rice. Pastor was good but I like mine better actually. I really haven't found a great taco pastor and that includes tacos al carbon and dona raquel.

                                  The chicken verde enchilada was really good and the verde tomatillo sauce was just a bit too sour for my taste. The pork tamale was very good and the best I have had here in Fla. Rice and beans are as good as they get and they sprinkle cojita cheese on the beans and enchilada. Next time I will try her mole sauce and maybe a fish taco they just added.

                                  If you are in the area of Lake Worth, you should drop in and try this place out. Zapata is the real deal!

                                  Zapata Mexican Rotisserie
                                  830 N Dixie Hwy
                                  Lake Worth, FL 33460
                                  (561) 547-6005

                                  1. CFByrne RE: serenity4904 Feb 12, 2011 03:00 AM

                                    Anyone been to Mi Casita? It's a little hole in the wall hidden behind a 7-11 (I think) on NW corner of Palmetto Pk and Dixie in Boca.

                                    I stopped in this little strip mall yesterday to check out "Boca's Best Pizza" or some similar name.

                                    When I parked I walked past little Mexican storefront, looked like real Mexican staff and menu, $2 tacos,etc. But I was already commited to the pizza so I did not try.

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                                      GatorFL RE: serenity4904 Feb 28, 2011 04:29 AM

                                      Serenity I wanted to thank you for your post. I took the family to Zapata last night. Despite the fact that my 4-year old daughter had a meltdown, dinner was phenominal. Because of her bad behavior we had to accelerate our meal and so we didn't get to try dessert but we will be back.

                                      I had a couple of tacos (the fish taco and the pastor) they were both excellent. I also had a sopa which I loved.. Family had a variety of things, everybody ate all their dinner.

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                                        freakerdude RE: GatorFL Feb 28, 2011 08:33 AM

                                        I was there Sat night and had fish taco, al pastor taco, and a pork tamale. You need to try their tamales. I wished I would have requested onion & cilantro only on the al pastor, as it came gringo style with tomato and lettuce. I still say the al pastor taco at Montezuma is better.

                                        See my Zapata review in the thread below:


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                                          GatorFL RE: freakerdude Feb 28, 2011 10:43 AM

                                          Hey Dude, I did read your review. I loved the fish taco and the sopa. Maybe next time i'll try a tamale.

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                                        EDom10 RE: serenity4904 Mar 1, 2011 12:47 PM

                                        CASA MAYA GRILL- Deerfield Beach on Hillsboro Blvd

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                                          GatorFL RE: EDom10 Mar 2, 2011 03:39 PM

                                          Is this the place in the Cove? Yeah it's ok. But it's Americanized Mexican. Zapata was real Mexican.

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                                            dbarnard RE: EDom10 Mar 29, 2011 11:49 AM

                                            I agree with GatorFL- very Americanized. But not that bad for lunch... but no bargain, either.

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                                              OysterHo RE: EDom10 Mar 29, 2011 05:58 PM

                                              Casa Maya has great ceviche too. I enjoyed the rest of the food, but not as much as their ceviche. Wasn't a fan of the crispy cigar like appetizers with shredded beef in them. It was fun to try something totally different though. My bf got the burrito with the mole verde and it was pretty good for a burrito. Again, I'm not a fan of that anyway.

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                                                freakerdude RE: OysterHo Mar 29, 2011 07:09 PM

                                                Their imported red mole has a very good flavor/spice combination. I have had quite a few different moles and their red is tops. I definitely do not feel that Casa Maya is americanized as dbarnard and GatorFl do. You typically won't find good mole's, pibil, or ceviche at an americanized place.

                                                Rocco's Tacos....now that is ameri-mex but they also have the 3 items I listed above. Tacos should never be served with lettuce, tomato, or cheese on them. Cilantro, onion, a slice of lime, and a great side salsa only please.

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                                              WestonTexan RE: serenity4904 Mar 12, 2011 03:14 AM

                                              I'm still a fan of Tacos al Carbon on Lake Worth Road and the strip mall gem we refer to as Taco Puuppies because of the manner the signs are affixed out front. It's at 136th and 84 down from where Creolina's once was.
                                              I will add that we ate at Dos Caminos in the Yankee Clipper last night and the only thing worse than the food there was the service. Guacamole and salsa were good, I would stop there and not order anything else and cut my losses if I were forced to visit again.

                                              209 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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