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Amazing Mexican Joints in Ontario?

Wandering Fork Sep 22, 2010 10:51 AM

Hi all! I'm looking to find the best Mexican restaurants in Ontario. Any suggestions?

  1. unturtlesoup Nov 3, 2010 08:52 AM

    I would have to second Mex-I-Can in downtown Hamilton. The restauranteurs, Angel and Veronica, are some of the two most generous souls in the business. The kitchen of Mex-I-Can turns out nothing short of home-cooked love, plate after plate. Items like slow-cooked beef barbacoa are made with chile arbol and other peppers skinned and seeded by hand, while salsas, corn and flour tortillas are made in-house. Definitely worth inclusion as part of a Mexican food tour of Ontario. Note: Ilovefoodlongtime refers to a "growing pangs" period, in which Mex-I-Can went searching for their identity following some renovations and a desire to expand their clientele to the "Art Crowd" burgeoning in the James St. North 'hood. Democratization of food often means hipster-izing it. if you ask for what you want, i.e. specify your preference for queso fresco over mozarella, "picante" sauce over "mild," you will get what you want.

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    1. re: unturtlesoup
      ilovefoodlongtime Nov 3, 2010 11:48 AM

      Well that is good to hear because as we all know the Mexican restaurant community in hamilton and surrounding area pretty much consists of just this restaurant. Wish there were more. Thanks unturtlesoup, I will give it another try!

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      lecanadianfoodie Sep 22, 2010 01:40 PM

      Hey Wandering Fork,

      You should check out Mex-i-can in Hamilton. Don't be scared by the outside. It definitely looks it's age, but the food they make is blissful. Homemade corn tortillas and the best enchiladas! Everything is made from scratch and tastes AMAZING!

      Here are some articles about it. I did my food research before going! I know, it's nerdy of me...



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      1. re: lecanadianfoodie
        ilovefoodlongtime Nov 2, 2010 02:35 PM

        In reply to Mex-I-Can My hub and I used to go to this place regularly but since they 'renovated' the menu has become more and more non-authentic. Yes their tortillas are tasty but shredded tex mex cheese on my food? WTF??!?!!

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        MIPA Sep 22, 2010 01:24 PM

        There are a few in Toronto but El Trompo is probably the only one I'd recommend. It's run and owned by Mexicans and is well-priced. Also it's in Kensington Market so makes for great people watching!

        El Trompo
        277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

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          ekim256 Sep 22, 2010 01:59 PM

          +1 for El Trompo. Yum yum yum.
          Also Pancho's Bakery across the street for their pastries!

          Cute alias btw, Wandering Fork!


          El Trompo
          277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

          Pancho's Bakery
          345 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

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          Fresh Egg Sep 22, 2010 01:08 PM

          El Sol on the Danforth in Toronto. Expect extremely slow service, but the food is authentic and amazing.

          El Sol
          1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1N4, CA

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            bogie Sep 22, 2010 01:05 PM

            My favourite is Rebozos on Rogers Rd., just west of Dufferin in Toronto. It's a small, casual, family-run place with excellent food especially the soft tacos. Not fancy, but you've got to love the Mexican Jarritos sodas, tres leches cake dessert and Hispanic soaps on the TV.

            Dufferin Cafe
            2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

            1. foodyDudey Sep 22, 2010 12:56 PM

              You should try MexiCanada in Bradford, they serve some good food. There are a few reviews of it here:


              and here


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                Davwud Sep 22, 2010 02:15 PM

                It is very good.


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                  pastina Nov 4, 2010 04:19 AM

                  I found MexiCanada completely by accident while lost around Bradford one day and I would recommend it. I haven't travelled extensively in Mexico, but I have been to Tijuana and eaten with people who live there. I'm not big on beans, but I loved them at MexiCanada.

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                  TexSquared Sep 22, 2010 11:41 AM

                  Before someone tries to recommend them, let me start by saying avoid any Mexican restaurant that ends in "Lindo" and is located in Durham Region (there are several, same family, same crap). Poor quality and high prices. You're better off driving to Buffalo...

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