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Aug 17, 2010 10:06 AM

Tacos Xochimilco (sunset park)

At the good suggestion of a poster; a discussion about my favorite Mex place in Sunset park. Xochimilco. Located at the corner of 45th and 5th, across the street from the far more popular Tacos Matamoros,

Taco Matamoros does deserve most of the praise, but for me Xochimilco is even better.

I have had wonderful stuff here; English skills are often zero, decor negative, and it can get a bit dirty. Still I have found the food to be better.

I find most thing to be fresher, better spiced, and more home cooking. Not surprising since there is only 6 tables and far less crowds. The soups in particular are standouts; I have had almost everyone, and not yet a bad experience. My favorite being the mole. You can grab a corner table and sit and watch the world go by.

As I have posted before, its a great place to come after watching the sunset from the park a block away; which will remind you why Sunset park got its name. One of my favorite parks in the city, both for a wonderful view and people watching.

The link is a set of pictures I have taken in and around the park.

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  1. That's great information. I'm belatedly getting around to really exploring Sunset Park's Mexican strip. So many of the posts about this area are really brief and it's hard to get a real sense of the places they mention. Detailed info like this is good to hear. I'll make a point of checking this place out.

    ETA - Here's a write up by Sietsema -

    ETA 2 - a menu

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    1. re: Bob Martinez

      I really encourage going to the park first and people watching around sunset. Its so active and a wonderful scene.....

      Xochimilco is much simpler home cooking than Matamoros.

      Did not see the Sietsema article before; Glad he also like the mole al estilo Xochimilico soup. That is the correct name and its amazing....

    2. Second the rec for Xochimilco. Their tongue tacos are particularly excellent. I tried an assortment and they were all good. These were the standout. They also make a very nice pambazo, which is basically a fork and knife Mexican sloppy Joe...or, uh, sloppy Jose....I went down the whole 5th Ave. Sunset Park wormhole earlier this year. NYC Foodguy did a great job covering the scene here-

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      1. re: Silverjay

        Thanks for the link. That's a great foodcrawl thru S.Park.

      2. Last week, I had the best nachos I've ever had in my life at Xochimilco. Can't stop thinking about them! Going to try the pambazo next time.

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        1. re: Puppimus

          They have really good tortillas in general. So good that I figured they made them fresh, or got them from a better supplier than most. Nope, come from same factory as other places on the strip (down the street). I figure they just take more care in using only the fresh ones.

          The chips that come often are freshly made, still hot from the pan of grease. I also love the salsa, its hot and nicely spiced.

          I have had the Nachos twice, once it was out of this world, teaching me that Texas style nachos really can be great. The second time it was just ok.

          Anyways, glad you like this place as well.

          1. re: Puppimus

            Just had my first pambazo from Xochimilco. It was vegetarian (most allegedly contain chorizo?) and very good, but could have used more red sauce. I think it would be fairly easy to replicate at home.

          2. I like Xochimilco too. I've mostly had pork-related tacos there. I agree that the cooking there comes across as homier and the spicing and seasoning is sometimes a little more robust than at Matamoros. I'm a fan of both places, though, and I go back to each (as well as to Piaxtla es Mexico further south in the neighborhood). I'll have to try the nachos and this pambazo I keep hearing about. Thanks for the tips, everyone.

            It's true the park is a great place. Rather than visiting the park and then going to eat, I often do the reverse and get portable food like tacos, banh mi, even dumplings, and bring them to a bench at the park to enjoy outside.

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