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Decent Mexican Food in Westchester [split from "LA transplant craving fish tacos"]

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mrdibs Apr 11, 2011 06:07 AM

NOTE: We've split this discussion from a thread on fish tacos, which can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764361 -- The Chowhound Team

If you can find ANY decent Mexican food in Westchester,I'll throw you a parade.

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    Ho_Nutha_Levoo Apr 11, 2011 07:43 AM

    What's wrong with Los Abuelos?

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      wpfoodie Apr 11, 2011 10:20 AM

      Los Abuelos

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      Los Abuelos
      38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

      1. adamclyde Apr 11, 2011 09:56 PM

        sweet! I'm looking forward to the parade. There is plenty of "decent" mexican. Search these boards for Port Chester and New Rochelle recs before making blanket generalities. You'll find more than you'd think.

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          cubanat Apr 12, 2011 04:27 PM

          not to mention white plains! So "ignant" some people are!

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            mrdibs Apr 12, 2011 04:54 PM

            I would love to be proved wrong, but so far I haven't. I'm in Dobbs and I don't venture east that often, but I will for SPECIFIC recommendations. I'd be happy to report back.

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              adamclyde Apr 12, 2011 09:51 PM

              Do you read these boards much? And i'd be curious of what you consider good mexican.

              There have been LOTS of specific recommendations. toritlleria Los gemelos in port Chester for carnitas tacos and tortas and sopes; Mexico lindo in white plains for lengua tacos; sunshine deli in white plains for al pastor tacos and quesadillas with huitlacoche and asada tacos and tamales oaxaquenos; el michoacano in New Rochelle for fantastic carnitas tacos; Paleteria Fernandez for Mexican ice cream and paletas; El Kiosko for memelos; and Los abuelos in Ossining for great huaraches and sopes...

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              Paleteria Fernandez
              33 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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                mrdibs Apr 13, 2011 04:55 AM

                Yes I have read these boards and I've been led astray too many times to count. I'll tell you what I don't consider to be good Mexican that I tried because of recommendations from Chowhound: Tomatillo in my own town (neither good, nor Mexican) and Guadalajara in Sleepy Hollow (overpriced and bland bland bland). I'm tired of reviews on here that are so impressed with a restaurant because their "guacamole is amazing!". I'm not paying 10.95 for an avocado even if they do prepare it at the table. I don't want a mariachi band. I don't want an enchilada that is smothered in canned tomato sauce and cheddar cheese. I don't want the same tortillas I can buy at Stop and Shop.

                With all due respect, the people of Westchester are too nice. I've gotten to a point where rather than schlepp my family to Port Chester on a recommendation from a site like this, I just drive into the city. I've schlepped to Eastern Westchester for greasy oversweet Asian, overcooked Italian, mediocre burgers and TERRIBLE barbecue and then I gave up.

                I'm going to try Los Abuelos this weekend. I'll report back.

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                Los Abuelos
                38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

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                  detroit1010 Apr 13, 2011 05:30 AM

                  What mexican spots do you like the the city?

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                    adamclyde Apr 13, 2011 07:06 AM

                    I am not sure about tomatillo, but i specifically remember reading lots of reviews of guadalajara at were resoundly bad. Give the Port Chester places a try. You have a larger concentration of good places there than you do anywhere in NYC, Jackson Heights excluded.

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                      cubanat Apr 13, 2011 10:43 AM

                      Mr. Ribs, All of the places you mention NONE are in Port Chester and none are ones that AC mentioned. You went to all the gringo/tourist places that if you read the boards the posters like AC would steer you away from. Why would you go to a place that even looks like a Chili's does? You can even tell from the menu that has fried ice cream and guac made tableside for $15 per plastic mocajete (I know spelled wrong). So get off the people in westchester are to nice wagon. Stop eating at crappy places and you may become happier with where you live.

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                        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 13, 2011 12:59 PM

                        Tomatillo (which I really like for an inexpensive dinner) doesn't purport to actually be Mexican food. It's Tex-Mex. Los Abuelos is family run with real molcajetes, if that's what you're after.

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                        Tomatillo
                        13 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                        Los Abuelos
                        38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

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                          Westjanie Apr 13, 2011 04:18 PM

                          Instead of Guadalajara in Sleepy Hollow, try Que Chula Es Puebla in downtown
                          SH.

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                            roxlet Apr 14, 2011 05:20 PM

                            We regret that the estimable adamclyde moved from our area, but he knows more about the local Mexican scene than anyone else on this board. When ac says it's good and/or authentic, it is.

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                              DibSinDobbs Jun 7, 2011 06:40 AM

                              I finall tried Los Abuelos. I was not thrilled.

                              The good: The tortillas are fresh. The carne asada is well seasoned. The dishes are served with real crema fresca and not a dolop of sour cream. The salsa verde was delicious. There was no mariachi band.

                              The bad: They were out of salsa. My burrito was 20% meat and 80% cold flavorless rice. It was dry dry dry and served without beans. My wife's enchilada suizas were tasty until you got to the chicken. The chicken was downright gross. It was almost pelletized and rubbery. It tasted of processed freezer burned potted meat. The beans and rice were COLD. I mean RIGHT OUT OF THE FRIDGE cold.

                              Our meal was unexceptable and we will not be returning to Los Abuelos. Next: La Flor De Jalisco.

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                              Los Abuelos
                              38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

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                                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jun 7, 2011 01:14 PM

                                Your review reminds me... I never posted about my last meal at Los Abuelos, which was disappointing. I had vegetarian enchiladas and they were awful-- made with frozen vegetables that were almost inedible. I might return for the cactus huarache, which I do like, but it kind of convinced me (along with them being out of guacamole (even though we had other dishes with avocado??) the first time we went for an early dinner) that this is more of a neighborhood place than a destination.

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                                Los Abuelos
                                38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

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                                  budinado Jun 9, 2011 09:21 AM

                                  Yes. I also found the chicken at Los Abuelos to be inedible. Processed, pellets with a weird over-seasoned taste, like it was infused with some strange tasting powder. I just don´t understand some of the positive reviews on this place. I have sampled just about every Mex in Westchester and like you, found them all substandard. When I crave Mex its a 45 minute trip to the El Charrito truck in Stanford. That makes my day!

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                                  Los Abuelos
                                  38 N Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

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                                    adamclyde Jun 9, 2011 11:28 AM

                                    that's different than what I experienced. I had tacos and huaraches (really sopes, though they call them huaraches). And they were good. Had chicken and nopales. The former was pretty good, the latter was very good. It bears no resemblance to the processed chicken you had. I moved back to California almost a year ago though and it sounds like it's taken a nosedive since. Too bad.

                                    As for other Westchester Mexican, Los Gemelos' carnitas and birria tacos are very good (better than El Charrito's) and their tortas are outstanding. Sopes are usually good but sometimes you get one that is a little too chewy. I also like their chilaquiles. Outside of the carnitas though, I generally prefer el charrito over los gemelos.

                                    Another place in Westchester for fantastic carnitas is El Michoacano in New Rochelle. Give it a try before you discount all westchester tacos.

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                                    vinouspleasure Jun 9, 2011 12:47 PM

                                    we had tortas there last weekend and they were absolutely delicious. everything was freshly cooked, great ingredients and bread. The couple next to us had fresh guacamole that looked so good we were tempted to order it though we'd already finished everything.

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                                      Nancy C Jun 26, 2011 03:10 PM

                                      Wish you'd spoken to the owner about your experience - she would accept the feedback graciously and would no doubt make amends. While it's not perfect, it's perfectly great for this neck of the woods. I understand the chicken comment - they chop it up in tiny bits so that it cooks fast on the griddle, I imagine. She needs to think through the vegetarian thing (frozen does sound ridiculous) - when our daughters come with their Tex and Mex spouses, the gents always want food from Abuelos. Ladies are veggies, so they've enjoyed the mushroom cheese versions of other dishes. Hopefully, you'll give it another try and talk to the family members who really want to make good food.

                          2. chowdom Apr 12, 2011 05:09 PM

                            What?
                            Kiosco/ La Flor De Jalisco

                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
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                              chowdom Apr 12, 2011 05:15 PM

                              whoops (innards ) photo # 6

                               
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                              foodiemom10583 Apr 15, 2011 09:24 AM

                              For low-key, casual Mexican:

                              Tacos el Poblano in Yonkers. We found it over 10 years ago. Great tacos de arabes, cesina, and carnitas. Lovely tamales. Humongous and tasty tortas. They have wonderful pozole and you can get a huitlacoche quesadilla on weekends.
                              http://www.tacoselpoblano.com/

                              Sunshine Deli, 31 Lake Street, White Plains. Great tacos, tortas, and specials that you have to see to know that you want, but really great. With luck, they'll have tlacoyos when you go.

                              If the Hacienda Azteca Deli on 9A in Elmsford is open, you'll have a genuine Mexican grandma cooking your meal in the back. When they have tamales, get them. Lots of stewed dishes to choose from as well. Not to be confused with Hacienda Azteca Restaurant in White Plains.

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                              Hacienda Azteca
                              6 Quarropas St, White Plains, NY 10601

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                                kdgchow Apr 15, 2011 03:29 PM

                                I'll second Sunshine Deli in White Plains. The tacos and tortas are good, but the quesadillas and huaraches are the thing to get.

                                I'll also second Tacos El Poblano, when I lived in Yonkers and worked nights, it was my go-to late-night spot, the kitchen was open until 2 a.m. Good tacos and tortas, as well as big-portioned mains that were pretty inexpensive.

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                                Tacos El Poblano
                                122 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

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                                  chowdom Apr 15, 2011 06:06 PM

                                  +1 for Tacos El Poblano they catered a night at the museum (Hudson River) a few years ago and did an incredible job. We eat in the restaurant on occasion when in the hood. I enjoyed some great Mexican for lunch when I worked in White Plains too but I still prefer Port Chester for Mexican.

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                                  El Poblano Cafe
                                  2 Main St, Yonkers, NY 10701

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                                    foodiemom10583 Apr 15, 2011 08:42 PM

                                    Okay, Chowdom, Tacos El Poblano is where we'll have to meet. I love this place.

                                    Kdgchow, originally I had written that this was not the place for "date night" but for AFTER the date night when you need something solid and comforting in your belly. I deleted it prior to posting, but I'm bringin' it back! Best place to go to prevent a hangover the next day: Pozole, chicken tinga quesadillas, some extra pickled jalapenos and carrots on the side, and I'd have sweet dreams even with a belly full of tequila.

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                                    Tacos El Poblano
                                    122 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

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                                      kdgchow Apr 16, 2011 07:59 AM

                                      My go-to main dishes at Tacos El Poblano were the bistec a la mexicana, which comes smothered in green salsa, and pipian con pollo.

                                      The place is a total hole-in-the-wall, but the food was always good.

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                                      Tacos El Poblano
                                      122 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

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                                    foodiemom10583 Apr 15, 2011 08:34 PM

                                    Sunshine's tlacoyos are like huaraches and are awesome. They don't always seem to have them.

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                                      mla19 Apr 16, 2011 08:28 AM

                                      So glad to see all this love for Sunshine Deli. It's one of my favorites. I always get their specials in the counter (I dream about the chicken) and their tacos. Next time I'll have to try their quesadillas. Yum.

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                                        ryanallday Apr 19, 2011 05:14 PM

                                        i love guadalajara

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                                          vinouspleasure Jun 9, 2011 12:48 PM

                                          you won't find much love for guadalajara here. try some of the places in white plans or port chester recommended here.

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