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El Meson or El Familiar in Freehold?

twotodine May 21, 2010 08:43 AM

Meeting friends in Freehold saturday night. Which restaurant is better for authentic Mexican food (not tex-mex).

El Familiar Restaurant
3 W Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

El Meson
44 Monmouth Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

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    jsfein RE: twotodine May 21, 2010 10:05 AM

    El Familliar is no longer there. The space now goes by another name. We tried it and won't return. Don't know that I'd say El Meson is "authentic Mexican food", but it sure is tasty.

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    1. re: jsfein
      seal RE: jsfein May 21, 2010 01:16 PM

      El Meson is good food, but, as jsfein said, not authentic and more like Tex Mex. The few little authentic Mexican places in Freehold are all lousy to worse. The closest good authentic Mexican food is in Red Bank at North of the Border.

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

      El Meson
      44 Monmouth Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

      1. re: seal
        aklein RE: seal Jun 8, 2010 11:46 AM

        i may never be sure what truly authentic mexican food tastes like, but today's grilled lamb tacos with guacamole and chile de arbol salsa at El Meson was about as good a lunch as I've had in a long time...

        El Meson
        44 Monmouth Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

        1. re: aklein
          equal_Mark RE: aklein Jun 8, 2010 12:50 PM

          Authentic Mexican does not feature melted jack or cheddar cheese, and often does not feature chips and chunky salsa on the tables (some do make that concession).

          I'm not sure I'd suggest North of the Border as a place to meet friends. the food is great , but they have no tables. A more suitable place might be Acapulquenos in Long Branch.

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

          1. re: equal_Mark
            seal RE: equal_Mark Jun 8, 2010 03:12 PM

            Good call Mark - good food and room to sit there.

            1. re: equal_Mark
              hopeespe RE: equal_Mark Jul 2, 2012 08:16 PM

              I dont know what you guys are talking about, but i was there Saturday Night, with my wife and my kids, and I had the best combination tacos with pork, lamb and chicken with spicy arbol sauce. my wife had the chicken enchiladas rancheras. she said it was the bom-digidy! my two kids had the chimichanga stuffed with pork and there had the burrito with vegetables. they both said it was excellent. we have been to all mexico: cancun, puerto vallarta, conzumel & mexico city, and we were very surprised how good the food at el meson was in freehold, we loved it and we are going back again.

              1. re: hopeespe
                eleeper RE: hopeespe Jul 3, 2012 05:22 AM

                Necro-thread--the posting you're replying to is over two years ago, and El Familiar isn't even there any more.

          2. re: seal
            sockster RE: seal Jun 8, 2010 10:52 PM

            PLUS !OO for NOB...the BEST, most authentic Mexican restaurant around. And they're very nice people to boot. If you're looking for the real thing....look no further than NOB.

            1. re: sockster
              Tapas52 RE: sockster Jul 3, 2012 06:55 AM

              Salsa Latina in Matawan is a good choice on et 34

              1. re: Tapas52
                equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Jul 3, 2012 07:56 AM

                Salsa Latina is a Puerto Rican establishment...

              2. re: sockster
                eleeper RE: sockster Jul 3, 2012 08:51 AM

                In Matawan, we like Pancho Villa's and El Pollo y La Oaxaquena (which may actually be in Hazlet or something).

                1. re: eleeper
                  rikk RE: eleeper Aug 24, 2012 03:44 AM

                  tell us more about pancho villa and el pollo place? Always looking for close by mexican places to add to our list. Agree that El Meson is good, but trying to add variety/more options.

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            yCf RE: twotodine Jun 5, 2013 12:22 PM

            Went to El Meson last night for dinner after haven't been there for a long while. Good food but certainly overpriced especially when they are charging $7.99 for my kid's taco.
            Enjoyed the meal but will probably look for different option next time in Freehold.

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