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Tacos Mexico - Great taqueria in Framingham

Just had an amazing lunch at Tacos Mexico in Framingham. (Although on the sign it the 'T' in Tacos is a stylized cactus making it look like the name of the place is Yacos Mexico.) Regardless of the signage, these were some of the best, if not the best, tacos we have had in the States. Certainly I haven't had better in Massachusetts. Very authentic seasoned meats, with onion and lots of fresh cilantro, in two corn tortillas. (I know the number of tortillas is a deciding factor for some posters on the board). Each taco is $1.50. Also great homemade salsas (both red and green). The menu also offers authentic mexican breakfasts, as well as tortas and burritos. They also had some sweet Mexican breads today, but these are not made by them and don't know where they came from, but delicious and identical to what we have had in Mexico.

We were there at lunch time today and were the only customers, so hopefully they make it. They've only been open a few months. The are at 144 Waverly Street in Framingham, I think where Bill's Grill used to be. (Just about a block down from the Aztec, close to the Natick/Framingham line).

The place is not very big, so not sure how it would work if you are a large group. (There are about 8 counter seats, and about three tables that hold two people each). But we are glad to no longer need to make the drive into E. Boston for good Mexican food, and hope others find them equally excellent.

Tacos Mexico 144 Waverly Street Framingham, MA 01702

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  1. Thank you for sharing.
    Your review piqued my interest; I found their menu here:
    http://tacosmexicoma.com/var/bb/54504...

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    1. re: Area Man

      Thanks. That is their menu but I don't know if that phone number is accurate. I grabbed a business card and the number printed on it was crossed out, instead was hand written 508-309-4475.

      I didn't realize they offer pozole on weekends.

    2. thanks so much for posting this; I noticed it recently while riding by, and was wondering.

      1. Hours aren't accurate. I was there at 7:45 Friday pm, dark as night.

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        1. re: trufflehound

          The sign on the door indicates that they close at 7pm every day.

          1. re: Luther

            Ya. The website area man posted says 9.

        2. Got some al pastor, lengua and cabeza today. Solid tacos and the green and red salsas are delicious. The meats aren't very well seasoned, rather plain... and you don't get limes. If you're in the area it's a good option but if you're closer to, say, Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham there's no reason to venture further out. Actually TEA and TM are very similar in decor. Both are located in a very modest converted house type building and have a small eating area and simple taco menu with menudo and pozole on the weekends. TM is run by a single very nice guy who speaks good english, so the service is actually better than the girls at TEA, especially if you don't have great spanish.

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          Taqueria El Amigo
          196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

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          1. re: Luther

            I definitely got limes with my tacos. Of course it is personal preference, and maybe it depends on the day, but I much preferred my meal at Tacos Mexico to anything I've had at Taqueria El Amigo.

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            Taqueria El Amigo
            196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

            1. re: Luther

              wow, if you like TEA better than TM,then i sigh w/ relief because i will never have to include TM in my taquerias-to-be-visited list. But that's because i hold the (unpopular) opinion that TEA is pretty worthless. 'Unseasoned meat' is the clincher- to keep me away from any tacos. Good salsa does not a good taco make.
              But at least 2 others- the OP and areaman- both say the TM meats are flavorful......?
              I think El Pelon does a very good pastor and carne asada>> areaman, you thought TM's were better than El Pelon's? and btw, what is discada? thnx much.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                It's interesting that you say El Pelon does a very good pastor because I've never seen pastor on their menu (and it's still not on their website's menu), but it's been a while since I have been there. I would definitely return for a very good pastor. Can you confirm the sighting?

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                El Pelon
                2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

                1. re: bartleby

                  B, mea culpa.I figured someone would catch me if i used the wrong term. must be carnitas then. i ALW get them mixed up.
                  from my 2/3/11 thread.

                  "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."

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                  El Pelon
                  2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

                  La Verdad
                  1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    Al Pastor are done on a vertical spit, marinated for a few days and a slice of pineapple often on top.

                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61246842...

                    Carnitas are more of a confit of pork..

                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61246842...

                    1. re: 9lives

                      9, that's so sweet of you to offer the primer. just fyi, i know in detail exactly what they are,but my memory insists on confusing them nonetheless. (Some day you may experience this but i do not wish it on anyone.) What really does not help is when a restaurant like El Pelon makes a very flavorful rich carnitas when most carnitas are really just plain unspiced, unseasoned pork (and i don't care for these). My 'memory', as it is, gets TOTALLY confused at that point.

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                      El Pelon
                      2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

                2. re: opinionatedchef

                  Discada, according to the menu, consists of steak, chorizo, ham, bacon, jalapeno, onion, and tomato. Like the other meats, it is spooned out of the steam tray onto the tortillas. Of the fillings I tried (see post in this thread) this was the most salty/greasy/spicy (in a good way).

                  1. re: Area Man

                    this is JUST the thing to put in a care pkg forTony Bourdain. pig pig and more pig! i bet it's delicious.

                  2. re: opinionatedchef

                    oc discada is a northern mexican dish, refering to the method of cooking, but in any case its a mix of chopped or ground pork, beef, belly/bacon, sausages cooked on a flat griddle (traditionally over a live fire) or frying pan. In the case of a taqueria they would have their own particular mix.

                    With the case of Taqueria El Amigo, as we have mentioned before you have a very specific yardstick (carne asada + sometimes chicken) and don't include some of the tacos that other hound enjoyed, including the braised beef cheeks, plus anything considered offal. Its reasonable to expect that a restaurant should deliver well what they put on their menu and critique them based on any dish offered, but that doesn't always mean that with a limited experience that you can measure the preference of others. I think its always good to ask specific questions -- what is the carne asada like (what cut of meat, how is it sliced/chopped) and is it prepared to order, those kind of questions, which haven't been proposed for Tacos Mexico.

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                    Taqueria El Amigo
                    196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

                    Tacos Mexico
                    144 Waverly St, Framingham, MA 01702

                    1. re: itaunas

                      In South Texas, the presence of discada (like that of cabrito) at a taqueria is generally a good sign that the chefs know what they're doing, so it bodes very well for Tacos Mexico. Along the gulf coast, you'll also see discada de mariscos, which substitutes whatever seafood is available (usually shrimp and crab) for some or all of the meat. Knocks a baja-style fish taco into a cocked hat as far as I'm concerned, but that may largely be regional pride.

                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        The fact that its even even offered in the Greater Boston area, along with suadero, multiple options for pozole which aren't yuppie joints using lean pork loin, and birria is a sign that Mexican food in Boston is evolving. I won't say its turned a corner but definately an improvement. I can't get my tripas tacos fix in the Boston area yet, but I will take care of that on the West Coast this coming weekend....

                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                          does that mean Galveston or bird sactuary land or.........?

                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                              wow, that hummer migration must be unbelievable. or is it a ho hum for residents?(oh nooooo i really had no idea that was a pun until i re read it. sorry)
                              Is rockport as pretty as galveston,architecture-wise, w/ better food?

                              1. re: opinionatedchef

                                Pretty is hardly the first word that comes to mind when I think of Galveston. ("Complete s--thole" is closer to the mark.) But yes, Rockport is a lovely little town, especially if you have a fondness for birds. A lthoughnone of this has anything to do with discada in Framingham.

                        2. re: itaunas

                          the owner of TM is from Chihuahua so the dishes are northern. no carnitas put he has their version of pork for tacos. the discada is his local recipe and is my favorite of everything on the menu.

                    2. I took my kids (6 and 4) to Tacos Mexico for lunch yesterday. They really liked the quesadilla and sitting on the barstools. The place was busy but not slammed. The owner was very friendly.

                      I had a flight of tacos: asada, pastor, cabeza, lengua, and discada. All were delicious. Very flavorful meats with nice variety of textures (cabeza texture was a little fatty for me, but the flavor was worth it). The lengua was the best I've had in MA; at other places I find it to be too rubbery. The owner's speciality taco is the discada, which has a lot going on in it. I could see some people thinking it a bit on the oily side, but those that can handle this will be rewarded.

                      The tortillas are solid. The onion/cilantro salsa is unlike anything I've had in Boston. This combined with the chile sauce is aggressive without overpowering the different meat options. I do agree that some lime would be a welcome addition.

                      I saw two soups go out and they looked and smelled great.

                      For me, the most notable thing was how different Tacos Mexico is compared to my other taco points-of-rerference in MA (Dorado, El Pelon, Olecito, Anna's, Boca). It's worth a trip for someone looking for something a little different (and very tasty) from a taqueria.

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                      1. re: Area Man

                        You didn't get limes either? Maybe they ran out on March 5th. I got two juicy lime slices per taco when I went.

                        1. re: Framinghound

                          thanks for the recomendation FH! this place is awesome! I no longer need to go to to Waltham for my taco fix. I loved the descada taco. The asada and the lengua were also top notch. friendly owner and fast service. very kid friendly too. the owner even made my 3 yr old a mini burrito gratis because he wanted what his older bro was having and didn't want his quesidilla. he did have limes yesterday and stated he's now going to be open from breakfast an also staying open later tues-fri. service is fast and everything was very tasty.

                          This place will be at the top of my rotation for while.