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Mar 31, 2011 07:48 AM

Mexican Restaurants in Bergen County

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

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  1. 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.

    Mama Mexico
    464 Sylvan Ave, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

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

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    1. re: NJfoodLover

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

      1. re: NJfoodLover

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

      2. 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".

        La Batalla
        83 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ 07621

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        1. re: menton1

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

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

          1. re: sixelagogo

            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.

            1. re: TongoRad

              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.

              El Paso Restaurant
              141 Passaic St, Passaic, NJ 07055

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

        2. 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.

          Rosa Mexicano
          390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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

            Casual Habana Cafe
            125 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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            1. re: MommyLovesToEat

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

              1. re: MommyLovesToEat

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

              2. 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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                1. re: jillybean28

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


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



                  1. re: Bosmer

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

                    1. re: sixelagogo

                      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.

                      1. re: TongoRad

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

                        1. re: tommy

                          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):

                          1. re: tommy

                            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.