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Apr 15, 2011 05:23 PM

Rave for La Posada

I hate to share such a hidden gem lest it get too crowded, but, wow! La Posada is a really wonderful, homey place. We've dined here the past two weekends and enjoyed it immensely each time. Last week, I enjoyed Burrito Duranga: "Two Flour Tortillas rolled mayonnaise
spread and shredded steak simmered in a mild rich jalapeño
sauce. Served with Rice, Beans and Crema Fresca." I requested spicy sauce on the side, and was rewarded with a tub of shockingly biting green sauce. Refried beans were that nice, slightly lumpy consistency -- not the creamy gloop often found at other spots. The steak was flavorful and tender. A true delight, and a large portion to boot - my "burrito" was actually two burritos!

Last night, I enjoyed La Posada Burrito -- a flour tortilla filled with Rice, Beans and
Cheese Topped with Home Cooked Tomato Sauce. I cannot say enough good things about this rich, complex, whisperingly sweet sauce. The tortilla was splashed with it, but not drenched. Delicious, aromatic ground beef filled the tortilla. I requested a small side of guacamole (so nice that they give you the choice of guac sides, so you don't have to order a whole app for $7.50). Wonderful, fresh avocados lightly smashed and spiked with tomato and onion, hint of lime. Just as I like it. I also ordered a cheese enchilada, bathed in some of the best mole I've ever tried. It was sweet, cinnamon-ish, with a hint of afterburn. Lovely.

Both times, my other half has savored Pork Tenderloin slowly Cooked in a Chile Guajillo
Sauce, Mexican Spices and Potatoes. Served with Refried Beans, Rice and
Warm Tortillas. His lone complaint was that the guajillio sauce was a tad watery, but the sauce was suitably pungent nonetheless.

The service is so familiar and friendly, and the prices are just dandy -- we doled out less than $20 between the two of us the first time, and just over that the second time due to my side dishes.

I've long been a devotee of Zocalo, but really, La Posada's giving it a run for its money.

La Posada Restaurante
1312 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. I agree with your review. We tried La Posada after a trip to Penzey's. It was delicious.

    1. Do they do Saturday lunch? I'll be doing a Penzeys run soon.

      1. I second the Rave. I believe the best carne asada I have had to date. Wifey got most of the chori-queso app, I hear it was quite tasty. Byob/w or byo-marg. Very friendly little place, there is a line on the busy nights.


          thanks for reporting; will have to try it. since we didn't care for A Citron, it would be great if this were good.

          i found this 2010/2011 thread about it. Sounds like it's improved:

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          1. re: opinionatedchef

            well, if people are happy enough with their food, more power to 'em. We went today for lunch. 2 soups- Albondigas and Azteca. Same weak chicken/tomato broth in both; no noteworthy notes. Asked to taste different sauces. Impressed w/ the mole, aguacate and tomate sauces. Apparently the latter 2 are served on enchiladas and the chile relleno (Had this as a side; had it been filled with 1/2 that amount of cheese, it would have been very good.) On the woman's recommendation, we had the pastor and De la Plaza tacos. Double small 4' corn tortillas with ample filling of meat and onions. The latter just tasted like shredded roast beef w/ no flavoring; the former was good but lacked any oomph. Didn't try carne asada because they don't have an open flame in the kitchen, just a griddle. Refried beans and guac sides were good but nothing memorable. I guess we felt no need to return and we'll continue our habit of going to certain Mex restnts for certain things-Tacos and Tortas pescado and Carne Asada, refried beans, guac, corn- at la Verdad; taquitos and maybe more at Habanero's, if Jim Fahey stays there and it improves; and Carne Asada at El Centro
            we've only been to the latter two spots- once, so there's more to try. Still haven't followed the former la Verdad chefs to Lolita's; we will have to time our visit carefully so we can hear each other.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              @OC, sorry to hear that you weren't wowed by La Posada. I agree that Acitron is very "meh" (at best). They recently became a "cocina" (they'd been billing themselves as a bistro). Sigh.

          2. I had lunch there today and wasn't to happy with the La Posada Platter, Soggy food, Nacho's was a congealed lump of stuff. The Quesadilla on the other hand was excellent. I have eaten here before and the food has been good so I'm not giving up.