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Feb 23, 2010 07:41 PM

Salsa's: new Mexican Restaurant in Kensington

A new mexican place opened up in Kensington a little while ago called Salsa's, on Augusta north of Baldwin. The name had kind of turned me off for a while, however today I decided to give them a try. It's a takeout place with your basic mexican menu: taco's, burrito's, taquito's, torta's, quesadillas--nothing overly exciting. I decided to order the carnita burrito, and I must say, it was the best burrito I have ever head. The pork leg was nicely spiced and perfectly cooked, also the best carnita that I've tried. The meat was also the dominant ingredient in the burrito, and for once I found the rice to be a nice compliment and not just filler. It was also only 5$ (no charges for extras), making it one of the cheapest burrito I've bought. I can't comment to much on authenticity, but I was the only non-spanish speaker in the restaurant. Great new addition to the market and I can't wait to go back and try their tacos and torta's!

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  1. Thanks for the review. I love carnitas and look forward to trying it there. But isn't carnitas usually pork shoulder?

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      I am not exactly sure but I beleive the menu board described it as pork leg

    2. If the carnita is the reddish stewed pork, I too thought it was outstanding. I had 3 tacos there and the pork was out of this world, while the others were pretty good. And the prices are great also.

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        1. re: Everythingtarian

          That or carne "al pastor". Both are awesome.

          1. re: chiliblossom

            Al pastor can be reddish from being marinated in chiles, but it's not stewed and there's no way anyone would mistake it for being stewed. It's grilled on a big stick similar to gyros or shawarma. The stick is called a trompo, which explains the name of the other Mexican restaurant down the street from Salsa's which also offers tacos al pastor.

            I tried the cochinita pibil at Salsa's last weekend and it was excellent. I had cochinita in a taco and Mr. devorador de albahaca (aka Mr. basileater) had it in a torta. We ate a lot that day as we wandered through the market, but the cochinita stood out as the best. My favourite fillings here are the pork in all its various manifestations, lengua and cabeza. One day the chorizo con papas was to die for. I've had it since and it was good but not as good as the first time.

            The price is right too.

            They've some menu items clearly catering to the English-speaking crowd who are used to eating Canadian interpretations of this food and I see most of them are eschewing the tacos and tortas in favour of texmex style burritos. Their loss.

            1. re: basileater

              Yes, definitely Cochinita Pibil. I thought it might be al pastor because it's always reddish in Mexico ( I haven't had good al pastor in Canada yet). I missed the part of it being stewed (just skimmed the text).

              Anyway, just got back from there, I had tacos this time. Pretty good -the suadero and al pastor one, but the cochinita taco was simply delicious. On Friday I had a torta al pastor, soooooooo good!

              Love the prices, too! We stuffed our faces for just over 20 bucks today, drinks included. On Friday we had 2 tortas, 3 drinks and 4 tamales all for under 30 bucks. Will definitely be back, but I'm sticking to tortas. Even my daughter, only 17 months old and a very picky eater, was chowing down even though it was a bit spicy. Aaah well, she's gonna have to get used to it. :P

              BTW: Both my husband and I are Mexican so please let us know which joints we should check out. We don't get to eat good Mexican food that often in Mississauga. Someone mentioned a tamales and churros place around here, but where?

        2. This restaurant has got me speaking spanish now. (I usually say "tres tacitos por favor")

          I love these little mom and pop type places.

          1. Just like to note that it is not strictly takeout, as there are several tables and chairs for eating in. I ordered the 3 taquitos with a pop for $4, and it was really satisfying. For fillings are two kinds of pork, two kinds of chicken, beef, and potato mixture. There's a good selection of toppings too.

            Also, I have to say that their washrooms are really nice.

            1. What are the hours of operation?

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              1. re: gillyb

                Not sure if they're open for dinner, but as far as I can tell they're open for lunch every day. The three taquitos and a pop for $4 deal is only offered on weekdays now though. I really like this place, the carnita is definitely my favourite filling.

                1. re: ggom1

                  I think I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow.