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O.K., so give me a minute to put on my bullet proof vest. Most Boston CHs are (too) aware that we are La Verdad fans for their carne asada and fish tacos and fresh hand pressed tortillas. Well, having been cooped up far too long with all the snow, we set out today to do some comparative taco tasting. In the past we have eaten at : Dorado, Anna's, Zocalo, Ole.

Having read raves of some El Pelon items, we started here, 4pm, and this was our experience:

Fish tacos- thick crunchy cornmeal crust on 1/2" cubes of ...cod? tilapia? tasted like fish sticks fish. Chile tartar sauce not a hit. The fish alone makes this product a 2 compared to La Verdad's 10.

Carnitas Taco and Carne Asada taco and Burrito: i had to laugh as we each lifted up a taco for a first bite and, before our hands got 1/2 way to our mouths, the whole thing fell apart . MC, i know you're listening. A single tortilla but, unlike La Verdad, not handmade and thus not thicker and thus>> fell-apart. As a taco decomposed, the carnitas filling had excellent and complex flavor; the pork braise obviously had alot of well-balanced spiing. The carne asada had good flavor in the taco version, but in the Guapo Burrito it was drowned out by all the other components. My Love declared the carne assado quesadilla 'bland.' sigh. Very good refried beans.

Tacos Lupita, 6:30 pm:
such nice people but .......
-- carne asada on (double) taco was disgustingly dried out/ old/cooked too many times>>flavor and texture of cardboard.
--Lengua- i still am disgusted by its flavor; my problem, not theirs.
--The Pastor filling was excellent flavor and a bit overcooked but not terribly so. Unfortunately, we did not know that their quesadillas are unusual : inside two high quality flour tortillas is found your meat of choice plus: tomatoes, crema, cheese, lettuce, pickled onions, rice, beans, ! Yikes- a burrito in quesadilla clothing!Our 2nd Quesadilla Pastor was much better when we had them leave off the rice and lettuce and onions so we could taste the noteworthy Pastor.

-- Mulitas Pastor :this presentation was certainly a new one for me. Two unusually thick (3/16") and toothsome freshly pressed corn tortillas were sandwiched w/ carnitas and cheese, and griddled. They really are the cornmeal equivalent of a quesadilla. Delicious but scant on meat, they were an overwhelmingly masa experience. Similar but not as good or easy to eat was the gordita-a single thick tortilla split open like a pita pocket and filled with meat and lettuce.

I drive past TL at least once a week, but i would go back to Tacos Lupita only for the Mulita Pastor or Quesadilla Pastor, both of which i would recommend. we were always fans of Anna's pastor, but haven't had it for awhile. We don't care for La Verdad's pastor; too sweet.

(btw, for previous TL posters: i believe the elusive component in their spicy red sauce condiment- is cinnamon.)

Per other CH threads, we want to try Taco Loco in E.Somerville and Villa Mexico in Boston, and Felipe's in Harv Sq. and Taqueria Mexico in Waltham , but as it stands right now, La Verdad is the hands down winner for us with their Carne Asada tacos and their Tacos Pescado. The beef is much higher quality that elsewhere, with the bonuses of an excellent marinade and fire grill flavor. The fish is Haddock, superior in flavor, portion size and shape, and frying. ( Dorado's fish taco comes very close but sauces are wanting in comparison to LV.)
LV corn tortillas are superb. Sauces that adorn the tacos- salsa, chipotle mayo, crema, guacamole- all superior to any we tasted today.

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El Pelon
2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

La Verdad
1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. My initiation into the fish taco world was at Baby Bo's Cantina, in Murray Hill, NYC. I had 2 with soft tortillas, and one with a crispy shell. They served the most amazing spicy chipotle sauce! I haven't been to La Verdad yet. I have been to Dorado. I had the grilled swordfish taco. I liked it fine. But, I find the environment bleak. And, I NEED that sauce. Any sauce @ La Verdad? I'm planning to try them regardless.

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    Baby Bo's Cantina
    E 35th St, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: CookieLee

      oh yes. on the pescado>> chipotle mayo, crema; and on the carne asada>> salsa, avocado tomatillo. the taqueria environment is spare but the great music and the smiling face of (daytime) Pamela helps alot. Adjacent to the taqueria cafe is the restnt; its decor is gross to me.
      just fyi,i don't know what the chipotle sauce was like at Baby Bo's, but a) you can find bottled chipotle sauce- basically a chipotle puree w/ some vinegar. the brand I use is Day of the Dead, from www.hotsaucezone.com

      and b) if chipotle sour cream is of interest, here's my recipe:

      CHIPOTLE SOUR CREAM

      8 oz. Sour Cream
      2-3T. Hellman’s Mayo – optional
      1-3 T.pureed canned Chipotles in Adobo**
      1-2T. Frozen OJ concentrate
      2 tsp.Fresh Lemon Juice
      Kosher Salt to taste

      Mix together thoroughly , starting with the smaller
      amounts of chipotle and O.J.
      Adjust to taste.

      ** frozen pureed chipotles keep well. Scrape out w/ fork tines
      as needed.

      hope you have a good experience at la Verdad.

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        I've never tried to freeze my canned chipotles so good to know. I always end up using maybe half a can and the rest gets tossed. I agree with your assesment of LaVerdad by the way.

        1. re: Pegmeister

          oh YAY! somebody agrees; I'm not the onliest one! thank you!

          yep, i puree the can (the san remo red and blue and white can is best because they don't have seeds; the orange can type is crummy) and put it into a little container and keep it on my freezer door next to my OJ concentrate can. A batch of chip. sour creamhas a shelf life of only about 7-10 days so i'm always making a new batch.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Good to know thanks. I also copied down your recipe for chipotle sour cream cause I certainly would find myself putting that to some good use!

    2. oc since everyone knows your passion for La Verdad, it would be almost easier to read reviews of your new experiments without the comparison. And if you just look to compare, you are going to miss out on some new things, particularly with Salvadoran restaurants, but also Mexican. Does La Verdad serve Birria? Can you order Carne en su Jugo like Nab did once in advance at Taquería Jalisco? You like hand made tacos, but don't seek out sopes or garnachas (glad to see you ordered a gordita). Did you try the garnachas at Zocalo (not a huge fan)?

      Pretty certain you won't find what you are looking for at Taco Loco: tasty but reheated fillings. A better alternative for the carne asada from a Salvadoran restaurant would be the carne asada gordita from Las Carnitas de Montecristo where the meat (flap) is fried to order and they use a house-made gordita. But a carne asada taco at La Verdad is $3 vs $1.50 at Taco Loco, so I can understand business-wise why they reheat. Also if you want tacos with the meat made to order, Montecristo in East Somerville makes it to order, but has less selection than Taco Loco and Topacio which reheat and its ny sirloin or such seasoned with a lot of sazon. That said I think you should approach salvadoran restaurants for salvadoran dishes: Mariscada Salvadorena, sopa de gallina made with gallina india, salvadoran tamales (different than mexican, sometimes including chickpeas), good salvadoran beans (you won't get these ordering a burrito), or even a house-made pupusa with a nice tangy curtido (there is a lot of variation from good to bad, but you would have done well at Lupita, Tapatio/Loco, even better in East Boston or Chelsea). Mojarra Frita with a side of house made gorditas, slaw and creama, instead of fish tacos. The verison of mariscada from Topacio in East Boston (or a simpler sopa de mariscos from tapatio).

      I am a fan of Taqueria Mexico because I like their beans, the birria, several of the combination plates, the aguas frescas. I also like the gorditas better than the tacos, but for tacos I would go to Taqueria El Amigo over them -- and I think in general you might find the TM food greasy and the meats less upscale.

      In any case if you are looking to try tacos in general, I would suggest Taqueria El Amigo. Since you are in Winchester you should check out Emiliano'z in Medford, for decent burritos and tasty carne asada tacos fried to order, pozole Saturdays this time of year. Don't order the other meats, just carne asada. Its limited selection, no fancy sauces, but satisfying. Myers + Chang's chang korean beef short rib tacos are totally different. There are other options for more upscale and unusual tacos: particularly the Tuesday taco gamet (East Coast Grill, 647 Tremont, Green Street -Wednesday + others) you might watch them for fish taco options as you have tried everything regularly available in Boston. Beyond that I think its time to branch out and try new dishes and ideas as Boston isn't LA, we don't the gamet of mexican street food here: a really good al pastor would be nice, but I would love nice crunchy tripas tacos and suadero (more so than asada) but that leaves things to enjoy when I travel and other things to explore in Boston.

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      Taqueria El Amigo
      196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

      Taqueria Mexico
      CLOSED, Brookline, MA

      La Verdad
      1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

      Montecristo Restaurant
      146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

      Topacio
      120 Meridian St, Boston, MA 02128

      Taco Loco
      301 Lancaster St, Leominster, MA 01453

      Tremont Cafe
      418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

      Zocalo
      35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: itaunas

        you might look into taco tuesday at the East Coast Grill.

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        East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
        1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. re: itaunas

          itaunas, as you have for many yrs been one of the most consistently informed and generous/sharing of CHs, i really appreciate your suggestions and will explore accordingly. Have done Tr 647 tacos and reported back: cheap , and exc side sauces, but very disappointing fillings so far. ECG looked wicked expensive from when i explored its taco offerings. So glad you like and have found goat, but goat and lengua and tripa- are all on my 'not even on a desert island....' list. Thanks again for your help,itaunas, and i will report back, as always.

          btw, had the CarnitasTorta at El Pelon today; wow, major delish.Layer of refried beans, guac, salsa, braised pork, chipotle sauce. Great combo, each ingred. high quality. Messy but very satisfying.

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          El Pelon
          2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            oc thank you for the kind words. I am not trying to steer you to foods you don't like. In the case of Taqueria Mexico there is plenty of satisfying plates which don't involve birria, but its not the refined food you are looking for (heavy for instance thick mole without much dimension or greasy battered chile rellenos). I love rice, beans, a thin steak, and an egg -- they have various satisfying plates all a bit on the heavier side (if you go after the US lunch hour at 2pm, you will see what the central Americans order). Taqueria/Cantina La Mexicana in Somerville is another place which has excellent beans, plus good tamales and good juices made from pulp, and I actually prefer their juices to their bar drinks (which when Brazilian restaurants only did juice concentrate the juices were particularly noteable). They also use better quality beef than any of the others on your list. I didn't mention it because I think you have posted about it and Roberto before, perhaps that you are a fan of the tamales.

            As far as the birria its really a "broth" (caldo) rather than a meat dish. The important part is the flavor and in the case of birria the spicing of the broth with chiles. And I think this is one thing that Taqueria Mexico does consistently well. You may have to ask them (they serve gringos sometimes differently than mexicans), but can provide handmade tortillas with the birria . As galangatron mentioned TM does use goat/chivo in their birria, but I believe they also include beef which is ample in the serving (and the goat seems to be mostly used to season the broth, but since its lean its not as palatable after cooking) -- probably chuck but my memory is hazy. There are other places where you can try birria without any goat, I think that Nab or galangatron have reported that the birria at Jalisco is beef only, but I haven't had it. Since I suggested the Posole at Emiliano'z, let me mention that often times offal is used in the preparation of that broth: pigs feet or more traditionally the head give the stock mouth feel. So you might want to ask how its made before ordering. I wish they offered birria there because the chef (father) has an excellent sensibility with chiles, but they also have the sense to keep the menu limited and profitable to try to stay open in a space which has struggled for several years. Menudo which TM also offers is a much thicker and offaly endeavor.

            I don't know if the tongue is a reference to Taqueria El Amigo, but there offer a lot more fillings than just that there and where appropriate (eg not braised meats) the meats are cooked to order. (I think they do use decent flap for the carne asada, but my memory could be off.) Its also better with burritos, although that's actually an area that I think olecito does quite well and there is Emiliano'z which makes them with a nice meat/beans/cheese ratio.

            As far as the 'tripas' I am using the Spanish word as its used in Mexico (buche/bucho mean cow tripe in most regions, although there is a bit of variation in Portugal in Spain particularly O Porto and names like dobrado or menudo can refer to the meat itself). Depending on your dietary restrictions you have probably eaten this -- pork intestines or "tripas" are used primarily for sausage casings. So basically I am talking about crispy sausage casing tacos and you can't get them in Boston but they are street food in other cities. That said if you ever had to clean tripe or intestines from a freshly killed cow or pig (I have), many CH offal lovers might swear off ever eating that again.

            Writing this has gotten me hungry for greasy food which is not a good thing because I am off to the farmers market where they tempt you with fried pastels. I need to save my calories to consume a homemade Primanti's style sandwich this Sunday. In any case, I hope you satisfy your tortilla cravings and I still encourage trying more alternatives to tacos too -- you were the one who asked how tortillas are consumed in Mexico and most are consumed outside of a taco.

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            Taqueria El Amigo
            196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

            Taqueria Mexico
            CLOSED, Brookline, MA

            1. re: itaunas

              the birria de chivo at taqueria mexico was definitely made with goat meat. it was a special written on the dry erase board. they also have birria de res (beef birria) on the regular menu

              1. re: itaunas

                taqueria jalisco only has birria de res (beef birria) on the menu as a weekend special. you might be able to special order birria de chivo (goat birria) if you speak with the owner or his sister. they're both very nice and have taken special orders in the past

                1. re: itaunas

                  boy, itaunas, if you remember my posting about roberto's tamales(which feels like 10 yrs ago) then I am now understanding how you remember every latin item and which aisle it inhabits in every venue in the region! that is one BIG mental rolodex you have there!

                  just to clarify, i'm not a non-fan of goat and those other items because they are offal , it's simply because i don't care for the flavor. but thanx much for all the extra info you provided.

                  the question i have been asking in various threads is not how tortillas are consumed in mexico, it is very specifically the question of how MANY corn tortillas are 'usually' found on tacos throughout Mexico. so far, it's looking like Mexicans are saying there is no 'usual' or that they most often see single usage.

                  i don't know what a primanti's sandwich is but hopefully google or CH search will tell me.
                  are you from central america? thanks again itaunas. isn't this ironic-taco crawling in oceans of snow?!

              2. re: itaunas

                Remind me, what's your opinion of Maya Sol?

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                Maya Sol
                179 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                1. re: djd

                  djd I don't have a strong negative or positive opinion of Maya Sol and in particular don't want to be on record panning something I have only been to a few times a long time ago. I enjoy all of the Tony Morales restaurants -- Maya Sol, Tapatio, and Taco Loco (plus Gaucho). But I do feel they have gotten a bit similar and in particular I feel that Tapatio became a lot less unique and has more pre-prepared food sitting around since it reopened, but without his involvement it wouldn't reopen. With Maya Sol, I wish he took that large counter service area and researched fillings and beans from bay area taquerias to do a mission style burrito joint. But I also liked the expanded side-orders menu (more than Loco) so was encouraged when it opened, but shortly Tapatio reopened and I have frequented that more. I get the feeling that Maya Sol like Rodizio was his idea to bring larger groups of Americans, but he didn't do enough to diferentiate either. With all of the restaurants I wish they prepared quick fried fillings to order, but reheating is not uncommon at many chowhound sacred cows.

                  Overall for Salvadoran food there are several places in Chelsea that I prefer, which don't try so hard to do the MEX-ES thing. In East Somerville I tend to go to Montecristo which isn't as good quality but made to order and Tapatio most -- better quality, good selection -- bit more Salvadoran, but some of it sitting around a bit too much. There isn't much to argue against getting a reasonably full taco with a well seasoned filling for short money with a side of fried plantain and crema or maybe chicarron, so the value is there. But none of them are Mexican restaurants and none of them are the best examples of Salvadoran food that we have around.

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                  Maya Sol
                  179 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                  Montecristo Restaurant
                  146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                  Taco Loco
                  301 Lancaster St, Leominster, MA 01453

                  1. re: itaunas

                    Drat: I was hoping you'd rave about one of the East Somerville options.

                    1. re: djd

                      Did Montecristo move down the street to take over the Los Paisanos spot? Or was I more woozy on the bus than I realized this morning?

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                      Los Paisanos Restaurant
                      62 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                      Montecristo Restaurant
                      146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                      1. re: djd

                        Never mind. Hadn't realized that the two places had such similar storefronts, at least the bottom half viewed from the wrong side of the bus.

                      2. re: djd

                        djd I am an East Somerville booster -- in fact I think that I have tried/listed more places than East Somerville Main Streets lists in their guide (which seem to map largely to contributors) and am certainly more critical. In fact I dying of curiousity about what Las Brisas is offering, about changes at Caffeten Salvadoreno (which neatened up a year ago and has been advertising specials in their window), and am curious about the pizza at Mr B's. I enjoy both Tapatio and Montecristo (as well as Lupita), but I find more selection and a few Salvadoran restaurants in Chelsea which have higher quality made-to-order food (I have also been to some of the worst Salvadoran restaurants in Chelsea, too).

                        Update: here is my ancient list of East Somerville chow, although its sort of embarassing at this stage. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/449933

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                        Montecristo Restaurant
                        146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                        Caffeten Salvadoreno
                        402 Mystic Ave, Somerville, MA 02145

                  2. re: itaunas

                    totally agree with your assessment of taqueria el amigo and taqueria mexico. espeically about the birria de chivo (goat birria) at taqueria mexico

                  3. I am no expert, but:

                    I like the chicken in tacos at TL. The al pastor can often be tough but it is always worth a shot. I don't like the steak.

                    Go to TL for the pupusas and for the chorizo con huevo burrito, which really should be mentioned in the breakfast burrito thread ... it's pretty breakfasty to my mind.

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                    1. re: chickendhansak

                      TL- is that tacos lupita or loco?

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        Lupita.

                    2. I would suggest the pork tacos at Cantina La Mexicana. Double-hulled, suitably thick, soft corn tacos grilled quickly, then filled with twice-cooked pork (slow-roasted Mexican style carnitas pork, which is quickly grilled) and topped with a nice dollop of pico di gallo. I prefer to spread a little of CLM's tremendous hot sauce. If por is not your thing, try the potato-crumbled chorizo filling ... mmm ... the plate option comes with rice & refried beans and is a good value. I know CLM is doing a fish taco, but I simply have too much love for the pork version to sample.

                      1. I haven't been in over a year but I did love the tacos at Romano's Pizza in Roslindale VIllage.

                        Totally strange to order good tacos at a pizza place but the carnitas filling set off cravings for days after. Of course, I don't have expertise in tacos. I'll defer to those with more experience.

                        Anyone been in recent weeks? Where does this fit in the mix?

                        Penny
                        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                        1. re: BostonZest

                          agreed- the tacos at romano's are the real deal. the only place I've seen the campechanos taco, which is a stupendously greasy combination of I think pastor and chorizo or maybe asada and chorizo. they started doing a braised beef taco (suadero) which also was really good. They don't do the fancier stuff like fish- pretty much meat only.

                          I also like taqueria mexico, but have been pretty disappointed with all other area tacos. I generally save my taco binges for when I'm in more taco-friendly locales.

                        2. "Fish tacos- thick crunchy cornmeal crust on 1/2" cubes of ...cod? tilapia? tasted like fish sticks fish. Chile tartar sauce not a hit. The fish alone makes this product a 2 compared to La Verdad's 10."

                          I haven't been to EP in several months so perhaps the move to BC has ruined the place? When they were in the Fenway:

                          the fish wasn't cubed, they were small pieces or chunks and they did not taste like fish sticks. I wouldn't eat them or tell people to go eat them if they were;

                          the fish was light, fresh and tasty, not oily and/or overcooked like I've had at La Verdad;

                          they didn't serve "chile tartar sauce" they served a light, tasty crema unlike the ranch dressing-esque glop La Verdad drowns theirs in;

                          EP generally fries their fish to order, so perhaps because you went at 4pm, an absolutely deadly time to test out a restaurant since it's neither lunch nor dinner, you got some fish pieces that were sitting around under a heat lamp or something.

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                          La Verdad
                          1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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                          1. re: misscucina

                            missc, Sorry if i misled you>>EP fish taco was perfectly fresh and had nice crunchy non-greasy freshly fried coating. Everything we had there was fresh. "Fish sticks fish" refers to the variety of fish they use>>maybe pollock or tilapia, and its flavor. The sauce is, by my dissection, like a tartar sauce(mayo based w/ pickle or capers present) w/ chipotle in it.

                            i'm so sorry your LV fish wasn't good. i honestly have had one piece overcooked out of maybe 100 fish tacos i have eaten there. and the sauces they use (i get them takeout frequently and dress them after i've reheated them in my toaster oven) are 1) crema and 2) chipotle sour cream; nothing remotely like ranch dressing. i hope you'll give them another chance and i hope you enjoy them.

                            when next i go to EP i'm going to get the makings of a few of those carnitas tortas.and i'll try a carne asada torta. am looking forward to it.

                          2. For a complete 180 on fish tacos, gives Neptune's a try on Sundays. Tons of lightly fried Skate and Arctic Char with vinegary carrots and cabbage. Big flour tortillas not corn. Definitelt non-traditional and outstanding.

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                            1. re: phatchris

                              wow, would never have known about this. i love skate. do they have a chipotle sour cream type dressing? tomorr IS sunday, but i bet the snow ocean has cut down street parking considerably. so, maybe NEXT sunday! thnx much chris.

                              1. re: opinionatedchef

                                Neptune tacos...

                                 
                                1. re: phatchris

                                  gasp... you went there today withOUT me??????
                                  great shot; th you!

                                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                                    The shot was from http://www.ruthtobias.com/globeater/2...

                                  2. re: phatchris

                                    OMG they do look good. I'm up for stopping at Neptune some Sunday when this weather is a little better. It's a good walk from the T station. Just wondering are tacos served in the afternoon, or is this one of their specials that start at 5:00?

                                    1. re: Pegmeister

                                      They usually have them all day, at $23 its not cheap, but a lot of food.

                              2. O.K. I am officially finished w/ my tacos crawl obsession. We did our Roslindale/W Roxbury/Waltham foray today and here's our experience:

                                Romano Pizza and Taqueria tacos: Ugh.
                                Chopped to bits/flavorless cardboard- like carne asada;
                                --straightforward uninteresting (no spices/nada) carnitas ( I think it's just me that doesn't like the plain flavor);
                                -- unusual combo of carne asada, chorizo, onions- called "campechano" which at least had some flavor but the chorizo had that problem of tasting like old musty pimenton.
                                Two tortillas drowned out 'flavor' of fillings
                                Brazilian/Mexican couple owns it; Mexican wife from central Mex.; her sister makes the taco fillings.

                                Taqueria El Amigo tacos:
                                Carne Asada looked and tasted and was as bad as- the above.
                                Pastor had real chunks of meat, some char and decent flavor
                                Pollo- shredded but bland tomato tinged flavoring.
                                Two tortillas drowned out 'flavor' of fillings

                                Viva mi Arepas- better product than both the above, but not tacos. See the Viva thread for my report on them.

                                I'm taking a taco break now. As of today, I'm done. At least until tomorrow..........Maybe someday I'll try Montechristo or TMex or TLM. After our experiences with the 2 above, and Taqueria Lupita, El Pelon, and La Verdad, our votes are in. We will be returning to El Pelon for their carnitas tacos and tortas; we like the pastor Mulitas at Lupita, and we will continue to be happy campers w/ the carne asada and pescado tacos at La Verdad. Thanks to all you CHs who tipped us off to the good stuff!

                                p.s. there's a 'grand opening' new place we passed today, on Centre, near Faulkner and Spalding- Tacos Veracruz I think.
                                Somebody go try it!

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                                El Pelon
                                2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

                                Taqueria El Amigo
                                196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

                                La Verdad
                                1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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                                1. re: opinionatedchef

                                  Hi OC: Sorry that Romano's disappointed. It's been a couple of years seen I've been and I've not had their carne asada. I'm mostly remembering an ok tamale. I think the surprise element of decent mexican in a pizzeria has some appeal to me. I went back recently to Tacos Lupita for their torta al pastor which was once one of my favorite sandwiches in the city. Very disappointing. dried out pork with very little flavor and they have change to a very generic roll. Still cheap but not worth the trip or the calories.

                                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                                    I forgot to mention that the tortas we got were very disappointing, nothing even close to those at EP or LV.