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North of the Border Red Bank

Took the family to North of the Border in Red Bank for lunch today and just had to post. They are just sooo good.

In fact, this week I had a mixed bag of tacos from Costa Chica in New Brunswick and then almost the same mix today in Red Bank and I am on a taco high.

I also saw a few people eating bowls of either Sopa de Mariscos or Menudo and both looked awesome too.

If only just one of the little Mom and Pop joints in Freehold held a candle to either of these places I would be there weekly, but alas...

Now if we could just get a good bakery in Red Bank I would be there more often ;o)

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North of the Border
176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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  1. ohhhhh the pork skin taco. divine!

    1. What was the mixed bag of tacos from North of the Border?

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      North of the Border
      176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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      1. re: Papa Bing

        I think we had at least one of each, except for the cabeza and the lingua since my daughter was with us and her spanish is getting good enough that she knows what they are and will not eat anything if we have them on our plate. Of course we also got extras on the Al Pastor and the Carnitas and the above mentioned Chicharron.

        1. re: seal

          Gotta hand it to you, that's a pretty funky place to take the family for a meal. Luckily, the tacos are good enough to make you forget that you're standing there eating them at the Train Station in the rain.

          1. re: seal

            Seal - Can you be more specific for a novice. I tried North of the Boarder once and I think ordered the wrong taco.

            1. re: Papa Bing

              I am not sure if there is such a thing as a "wrong taco." I'll endorse the al pastor, for you - they get the pineapple right. It seems our buddy ChefMD was pretty impressed by the cueritas (pork skin). Oh, and don't forget the carnitas . . . Hell, just go and ask for pork - it's bound to be tasty.

              1. re: MGZ

                In retrospect, I may have spoken too soon about the "wrong taco." I mean, some might find it offal to inadvertently order tripas!

                1. re: MGZ

                  Lol - nice pun MGZ. And fully agreed about all the pork options as they are all good.

                  Papa Bing - I would order at least one Al Pastor and one Carnitas and see how you like those to start. I haven't had a bad taco there yet, but I do find my kids pollo and carne asada, both ordered sin cebollas, to be a tad dry, unless I add a bit of the excellent green or hotter red salsa. It does help if you speak spanish there too. If you don't, I'm sure we can provide you a translation here to help you out.

                    1. re: equal_Mark

                      Sweet, thanks, dude. No more ordering off of the wall above the door for me.

        2. Do you know what their hours are? My husband and I really do not like juanitas and asporto changes owners, and really went down in quality. This just may be the ticket!!!

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          1. re: emilyb27

            It bears mentioning that Juanitos is Tex Mex, not Mexican. If you are expecting chips and Salsa on the tables and pools of melted jack cheese and red salsa on the plates you may want to reconsider (actually there are no tables at NOB, just a counter with stools). This place is run by Mexicans primarily for the local Mex community.

            If you are looking for another Tex Mex place you may want to try El Meson in Freehold.

            Another authentic Mexican place I frequent that does have table service is Acapulquenos in Long Branch. The locals there seem to primarily order off the appetizer menu where all the tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and tortas are.

            http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/Take...

            Both Acapulquenos and NOB can get you a full meal for under $10 including tax & tip!

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            El Meson
            44 Monmouth Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

            1. re: emilyb27

              I'm not sure of their hours, but I've never seen the place closed. They serve breakfast and I have had tacos late at night waiting for the train home ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/187869 ). Be warned - the tacos are great, but the "ambiance" is, shall we say, umm, not. There are only a few stools and a counter, so don't go expecting to linger.

            2. Thanks equal_mark and MGZ. No worries, I am well versed in the differences! I lived in california for awhile and had my pick of the best tacos and tortas around. I live in Red Bank, and I only say Juanitos because there really is not much dining around. I grew up near Freehold and my family's "go to" place is El Meson, and continues to be my favorite in the area. This is perfect for me cause we can pick up our meals to go and eat at home since its only a couple of minutes away.

              But because I was craving some mexican and reading the post I asked my husband if he felt like ordering in and trying a new place tonight..with a quick "yes!!" we were at North of the Border.

              We got the Tacos de Cueritos and Tacos de Chorizo which were great and so flavorful. I also got the cemita al pastor which was AMAZING. I love anything that is a sandwich, and I am always on a hunt to find really good tortas but when i saw that they have cemitas on the menu I knew I had to give this a try. I highly recommend this cemitas, as an additional to tacos, its messy but delicious.

              Thanks Chowhound, because I would have missed this place for some reason (even though I use to commute into New York everyday), I am so glad this will be in our menu rotation.

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              North of the Border
              176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

              El Meson
              44 Monmouth Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

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              1. re: emilyb27

                sounds great, i'll have to try that! i used to go to La Chalupa right there on Bridge ave a lot.

              2. My wife and I went to North of the Border yesterday and will certainly be back many times to try other offerings. I had the carnitas tacos and my wife had a carnitas cemita. They were both fresh and full of flavor.

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                North of the Border
                176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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                1. re: Randol

                  Stopped in last night at about 10 pm for a quick bite because I was craving a snack and I remembered the good reviews on this site. The place was literally packed with Mexican clientele and I thought this was a good sign. One of the ladies behind the counter told me in Spanish that they were open to 12 midnight, which is amazing. I went with 3 tacos, 1 chicken and 2 chorizo.

                  The chicken was shredded and delicious and the chorizo (which I could not pass up because its one of my favorites) was also great. They were traditional tacos with some diced onion and cilantro and no cheese of any kind to be found. I was pretty full but I feel like i could have fit another one of those chorizo tacos! I actually attempted to order the Cecina (dried meat) for one of the tacos but they were out at the time.

                  The tacos came with two salsas, one green and one red, both of which were tasty and very spicy. There was also some cut cucumber and onion bulbs that still had the greens atttached, as well as some lime wedges. Overall, a full plate of delicious food for $7 even. A great value and I will definitely be returning to try some of the other offerings.