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Mexican/Latin in Toronto?

gothlig Mar 26, 2011 02:12 PM

the five sheltered street vendors at 214 Augusta offer fantastic fare but where do you go in toronto if you want a comfortable sit-down meal of equally inspired and well prepared mexican/latin food?

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  1. TorontoJo RE: gothlig Mar 26, 2011 02:15 PM

    Milagro at Yonge and Lawrence is decent, if pricey. There is a location downtown that I haven't tried, but would imagine (hope?) is of similar quality.

    Frida gets some love here, but I was pretty underwhelmed by my dinner there and the lack of pork on the menu really ruins it for me.

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      prima RE: TorontoJo May 2, 2011 08:44 AM

      What are your favourite dishes to order at Milagro? I like their guacamole, and have enjoyed the other botanas I've ordered.

      Would love to hear the dishes other CHs like the most.

      Milagro Uptown
      3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

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        TorontoJo RE: prima May 2, 2011 09:16 AM

        On the apps menu, I like the taquitos adobados and the taquitos sirina. I haven't tried some of the newer items on that menu. But in general, I prefer to eat off the apps menu and make a meal of those. Of the mains I've tried, I'm a fan of the cochinita pibil. Avoid the barbacoa. Bland, bland, bland.

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          prima RE: TorontoJo May 2, 2011 09:29 AM

          Awesome. Thanks, TorontoJo. ;-)

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            prima RE: prima May 2, 2011 05:58 PM

            My friend and I ordered the half portion of guacamole (I'd guess 3-4 avocados went into the half portion- it was still generous), the ceviche "vuelve a la vida" which contained shrimp, octopus and crab, a cheese enchilada "tacuba" that was topped with tomatillo sauce, and the burrito de tinga (chicken). Probably won't bother with the cheese enchilada in the future. The burrito was more like a wrap than a typical burrito, and was served cut into halves, to share. The burrito was filled with moist chicken, peppers, rice, avocado, and was more flavourful and interesting than I anticipated.

            Portions were much bigger than I recall on previous visits, and we ended up taking some food home in a doggie bag.

            Monday night is enchilada night, with chicken or cheese enchiladas on special for $12.95, including a soft drink, or $14.95 including a beer.

            The uptown location of Milagro is currently offering a lot more bang for the buck than most restaurants in North Toronto.

            Milagro Uptown
            3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

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              TorontoJo RE: prima May 2, 2011 06:07 PM

              Thanks, prima -- now you've *really* set off my Mexican craving! Was the guacamole properly salted? The first time I had it, it was in desperate need of some salt. Once I added it, it was excellent.

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                prima RE: TorontoJo May 2, 2011 06:13 PM

                The guacamole was slightly light on salt, but it had a good amount of lime & cilantro. Maybe another pinch of salt would have brought it closer to perfection. The ceviche was perfectly salted.

                The seafood tostada at another table was heaped with seafood.

                Noticed tonight that the menu also offers seafood enchiladas (not included in the Monday night special), that aren't listed on the current online menu, that I'd like to try in the future. ;-)

                Milagro Uptown
                3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

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                TorontoJo RE: prima May 2, 2011 06:13 PM

                Oh, and how's the sound situation there? Still deafening? Or were you and your friend able to talk to each other without screaming?

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                  prima RE: TorontoJo May 2, 2011 06:18 PM

                  At 6: 20 pm on a Monday, I was the first customer to be seated. When I left at 8:30 pm, the restaurant was roughly half full. The restaurant was much quieter than it's been when I've visited later in the week or on the weekend. Somewhat energetic, but not loud. Certainly a good place to go on a Monday night.

                  I'd like to try their brunch, which starts at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

                  Milagro, if you're reading this, will you please consider making an agua fresca from fresh local strawberries when they're in season next month? ;-)

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        Snarf RE: gothlig Mar 27, 2011 10:02 AM

        For very casual but licenced, I would suggest El Trompo on Augusta, or Tacos El Asador on Bloor west of Baturst. El Trompo you get tables, wider bar selections. Tacos you order at a counter, find a table, and they bring it to you. Cantina prices at both places.

        If you go to Milagro, you get cloth napkins, mid-scale pricings. Ask them to let you try some of their other home-made salsas. They up the heat beyond the pale if you ask nicely.

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

        Tacos El Asador
        690 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L2, CA

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          Benniep RE: gothlig May 2, 2011 09:42 AM

          I love La Bella Managua on Bloor just east of Ossington.

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            eatravel RE: Benniep May 2, 2011 06:29 PM

            Ditto. La Bella Managua has great tamales and ceviche.

            I also like Mexitaco and El Jacal in the same neighborhood. Tierra Azteca also has great pozole and carnitas. La Tortillera has great take-out tacos.

            828 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1M2, CA

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