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Mexican Restaurants in Bergen County

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hollybergen Mar 31, 2011 07:48 AM

Can anyone recommend a good mexican restaurant in or around Bergen County?

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    NJfoodLover Mar 31, 2011 08:42 AM

    For a casual Mexican place we go to El Norte on route 46 in lodi. They are pretty good and have great service.

    For more upscale we go to Mama Mexico in Englewood Cliffs.

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    Mama Mexico
    464 Sylvan Ave, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

    El Norte Restaurant
    10 US Highway 46 E, Lodi, NJ 07644

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      ebchower May 15, 2012 08:11 PM

      I don't have much experience with Mexican restaurants, but I enjoyed dinner at Rosa Mexicano in Hackensack.

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        tommy May 16, 2012 09:28 AM

        I'm relatively certain that Mama Mexico closed a while ago.
        And I now see that the post was from a year ago!

      2. menton1 Mar 31, 2011 03:51 PM

        La Batalla, Bergenfield, A hole-in-the wall serving authentic Mexican. If you're looking for the chain-type (Blue Moon) Mexican food, this is not the place. This is what they eat in Ciudad de Mexico, the real deal. Sopes, Flautas, Chimichangas, Chalupas, Moles.

        P.S. The ambience is "challenging".

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        La Batalla
        83 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ 07621

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          sixelagogo Apr 1, 2011 03:44 AM

          "P.S. The ambience is "challenging"."

          The ambience and the food....authentic or not, this place's food is just not good.

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            TongoRad Apr 1, 2011 05:40 AM

            I know you have had bad experiences there, but honestly I'd say it's hit or miss. I've been going for a while, and as long as I stick to trusted items I always enjoy it. Avoid the combo plates and horrible, horrible tamales, and stick with a lot of the things that menton1 mentioned- sopes and tacos, in particular. I also think they make a mean milanesa torta. Their chorizo is the best in the area, so that means items featuring it are going to be a hit. We usually start with the queso fundito and chorizo, but I've also had them stuff a chile relleno with that combination. As to taco fillings, lengua, chorizo, cecina, and carne enchilada are all winners. Overall it's the sort of place where I can get good meal at a good value, not the sort that will blow you away.

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              sixelagogo Apr 1, 2011 02:27 PM

              most definitely stay away from the combos and the tamales....i didn't feel so hot after the last time i went there and am hesitant to try again (for the 3rd time). I can, however, recommend a spanish grocery store down the street...La Carnecia Norte (i think) 1 block south of the movie theatre...they sell some amazing tamales, though run out by late afternoon.....
              Mi Pueblo, now El Paso in B'field used to be my favourite, now it's just sketchy, though their sister store in englewood has a lot more traffic. I may need to scout the place out sometime and see for myself.

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              El Paso Restaurant
              141 Passaic St, Passaic, NJ 07055

              Mi Pueblo Bar & Restaurant
              24 Broad St Ste 1, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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          foodyum Apr 4, 2011 12:14 PM

          Rosa Mexicano in the Riverside Square Mall is very good, even if going to a mall for dinner is kind of icky.
          For very casual tacos in a down home setting La Bamba in Sparkill, right over the boarder, serves out of the back of a grocery store.

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          Rosa Mexicano
          390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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            MommyLovesToEat Apr 5, 2011 01:07 PM

            For great cuban try
            Casual Habana Cafe
            125 Main Street
            Hackensack, NJ 07601-7103
            (201) 880-9844

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            Casual Habana Cafe
            125 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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              lrapetrie Jan 8, 2012 11:11 AM

              Cuban is in no way Mexican - the food and countries are completely different.

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                jwjojo May 16, 2012 01:14 PM

                I went here several times, each time being worse than the first time. Haven't been in awhile as the last time...meh.

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                jillybean28 May 15, 2012 07:16 PM

                I agree with njfoodlover..EL NORTE in Lodi NJ. I have been going there since i was a little girl and nothing compares it obviously has done well cause it hasnt went out of business... it did change locations at one point ..

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                  Bosmer May 29, 2012 05:41 AM

                  La Maravillas De Tulcingo
                  84 W. Palisade Avenue
                  Englewood, NJ

                  http://lasmaravillasdetulcingo.com/

                  Huge menu...tripe, lengua, goat, chicharron, huarache, sopes, chalupas, picaditas, horchata...

                  byob

                  Enjoy!

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                    sixelagogo May 29, 2012 04:02 PM

                    i'm in total agreement with Bosmer on this one...it's a winner!

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                      TongoRad May 30, 2012 04:25 AM

                      Definitely, even the small things are done right- hand made tortillas, their rich salsa verde, the horchata...

                      This place should definitely get more mention on CH: the menu is so huge that it would also be a good thing for us to sort through the (mostly) hits and occasional misses. I'll admit to being remiss about it, but will post back the next time I'm there. Overall, though, Bergen County has a very solid Mexican spot we can recommend in Las Maravillas de Tulcingo.

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                        tommy May 30, 2012 04:38 AM

                        How does their location in Paterson (or is it Passaic) compare?

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                          TongoRad May 30, 2012 05:50 AM

                          I'm afraid I haven't been there so I can't compare them for you, but hopefully somebody else will chime in.

                          Since this thread is fairly current these days I'll also post a link to my first report of the Englewood location because it has a more detail in it from myself and sixelagogo. (and if there are other opinions of the pipian I'l love to hear them, I haven't had that dish since then):
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7999...

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                            double0 May 30, 2012 07:34 AM

                            Its in Passaic on Monroe St. Its basically the same food wise. The room is pretty dark (I've only gone for tacos at lunch, so maybe the entrees are different). Lately the quality of the Englewood location seems to have gone down a bit. It seems to have gotten a little bland. Monroe St has a wealth of inexpensive Mexican restos and supermarkets and butchers.

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                    Cueball Feb 3, 2013 07:47 AM

                    For a really nice take-out place (they do have some tables to eat in now) try Riviera Maya on Ft Lee Road in Bogota (right over the Teaneck border). Good value, excellent food and really a friendly place. http://rivieramayabogota.com/

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                      Herm Feb 4, 2013 06:46 PM

                      I don't have anyplace to recommend, I just wanted to make sure that no one mentioned 3 Chica's in Wycoff - yuk.

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                        ELA Feb 5, 2013 03:23 AM

                        Heard a few no so good reviews on this place from a friend who lives in Wycoff.

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                        memilia Feb 14, 2013 08:16 AM

                        check it out at chapala grill bergenfield. i found them at chapalamexicangrill@com.
                        they have a very good food and strong margaritas. very tasty.
                        my favor dish is the texas burrito with sea food and spinach.
                        they also have great steaks, tacos, enchiladas.my family and I love it.

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                          Cueball Feb 14, 2013 08:24 AM

                          I will check it out. thanks.

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                          lemarais Feb 14, 2013 01:21 PM

                          Pancho's in New Milford. Perennial favorite, always busy, 7 days /week. Excellent Mexican. Great fajitas, tostadas, enchiladas, the whole 9 yards of Mexican. Before 6 Mojitos 1/2 price.

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