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energystar Apr 3, 2010 05:07 AM

I moved here from Texas and am trying to find some great authentic Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex food. I ate somewhere on Federal in either Pompano or Deerfield. It was a very ornate little dive but the food was good. Problem is I dont know the name of it and havent found it online.

Thoughts?

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    lowtones May 30, 2010 02:30 PM

    I ate at Taqueria Dona Raquel in Pompano Beach today and it was something really special. We enjoyed absolutely authentic home cooking, in a nice room full of Mexican families enjoying a nice Sunday lunch.

    The tacos al pastor are delicious, complete with slivered pineapple, the home made salsas are wonderful, and the entire menu looks good. I didn't notice until too late, but they have loads of fruit juices in the mexican style, as well as horchata, available as well. Highly recommended.

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    Taqueria Dona Raquel
    793 S Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL

    Taqueria Dona Raquel
    791 S Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

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      elgringoviejo Jun 4, 2010 11:12 PM

      Dona Raquel is excellent.

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        Mauslein Dec 3, 2010 09:03 PM

        Energystar, the others have recommended excellent spots for mexican food, and I agree. I do think that TravelLuv probably got it right that you were at Baja Cafe. It's not the best mexican food in the area, but the location and drinks are good, and food is fine if you want a kind of lively atmosphere. There aren't a ton of good mexican places in Pompano/Deerfield, so if you're not in the mood to just drink and eat something, it's good. That being said, if you want to drink and just need some food on the side, there are tons of places that are not mexican.

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      TravelLuv May 7, 2010 12:38 PM

      Hi energy: There is a little place called the Baja Cafe, on the east side of US1. We go there with a group of friends at least once a month. Ask for the free drink coupons! We have a mango margarita (I don't like the drinks, but the food is fantastic!).

      1310 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441-7221
      (954) 596-1305 www.bajacafe.com/

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        freakerdude Dec 4, 2010 05:26 AM

        Also in Deerfield is Casa Maya. It would be hard to beat their mole rojo.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571613

        http://www.casamayagrill.com/

        Taqueria Dona Raquel is a very old dive in an industrial park with authentic food but zero atmosphere.

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        Taqueria Dona Raquel
        791 S Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

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        TexaninSoFL Apr 11, 2010 10:47 AM

        I feel you brother. It's tough to find good Tex-Mex here in Miami. Mostly what they have is interior and coastal Mexican food...which you and I know is very different from Tex-Mex...as well as some dive taqueria-type places where you get to practice your Spanish.

        If you're willing to take a drive to Boca Raton, I have found one good, higher-end Tex-Mex friendly place...Uncle Julios. As you probably know, Uncle Julio's is a Dallas-based chain that was founded by some former executives from the Pappasito's chain out of Houston.

        Here's a link:
        http://www.unclejulios.com/locations.html#florida

        Also, when I'm not up for a drive, I also like to go to a place in South Beach called El Scorpion:
        http://www.urbandaddy.com/mia/food/86...
        It's more Mexican than Tex-Mex, but the chef will make off-the-menu fajitas for you if you ask nicely. They're pretty good.

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          freakerdude Dec 3, 2010 01:23 PM

          Uncle Julios for lunch today was better than expected. Their lunch menu is reasonably priced under $11 and they even make their own tortillas. The roasted tomato salsa was some of the best locally with plenty of cilantro. Fresh chips still warm were brought to the table.

          Sonora platter was $10 and consisted of choice of fillings for enchilada, a very large taco, and tamale. Rice and beans came with it. The dinner menu items were around $18 and not as expensive as I anticipated. It's a nice place taking up the entire corner there at Mizner. Friendly professional help too.

          I will be back for lunch again sometime but the other places in Mizner are too high end for my wallet.

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            smartie Dec 3, 2010 07:00 PM

            you say that FD but Max's Grille is half price wine Monday night so with apps is not too expensive at all.
            We went to Table 42 Monday in Royal Palm Plaza and that is half price pasta and pizza and cheap wines too on Mondays. So pasta was about $6-7 and a medium flat bread pizza the same.
            I also like Uncle Julios.
            The Cheese Course is good for lunch - lovely cheese shop making baguette sandwiches and fab selection of take home cheeses.

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          yalc Apr 10, 2010 09:09 PM

          Homestead flea market. It ain't pretty but authentic as you are going to get. These folks came from Mexico, Northern Mexico.

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            andy huse Apr 6, 2010 08:51 AM

            uh, moved WHERE?

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              CFishman Apr 6, 2010 09:40 AM

              Taqueria Dona Raquel.

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                Miss E Apr 6, 2010 07:39 PM

                Here. Where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and even the dives are ornate.

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