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Which new Mexican-ish place should I visit first?

Mija? Not excited by the Faneuil Hall location.

Papagayo? Seems passable, but the online menu doesn't thrill me.

Temazcal? No opinion on it whatsoever yet.

Jalapenos? Seems chain-y, but not sure.

Tico? I'm intrigued but have heard that it's not very spicy.

Lolita? I've actually been here, but might give it a second shot after enduring horrid service.

Zocalo? Ehhhhh....mayyyybeeee...

Which one do you Hounds recommend, please?

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Zocalo
35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116

Papagayo
283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

Tico
222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

Temazcal
250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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  1. Don't bother with Papagayo for their food. It's Tex-Mex at it's worst. I work right near by so I was hoping for better but was more than disappointed. I went there for lunch with a friend, she got the seafood tacos and I got their standard taco plate, one chicken one muchaka. They were both lazy in preparation and flavor. The food we saw at others tables did not look any better.

    They did make my friend an excellent non-alcoholic mixed fruit drink.

    The service was excellent even though our waitress was covering a fair number of tables.

    They do however have a nice selection of tequila. I've had, in the past, perhaps 1/2 of what they have on the shelf and can say they at least have that going for them. Most likely an excellent post-work drinks spot for those that want a change from Drink.

    I'll probably give it another go in a few months to see if they've improved, but only because I work nearby and for a kid that grew up in Los Angeles, it's hard to ignore the occasional Mexican food craving.

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    Papagayo
    283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

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    1. re: Nechushtan

      Would agree to skip Papagayo right now. I thought the food was really average, and besides the kinda fun schtick of table-side guacamole, I see no need to return.

      Tico similarly underwhelmed me. Best dishes were Spanish, not Mexican.

      Carnitas tacos at Taqueria El Amigo were the best Mexican thing I've eaten lately.

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      Taqueria El Amigo
      196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

      Papagayo
      283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

      Tico
      222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

      1. re: yumyum

        yeah, completely agree with yumyum.

      2. re: Nechushtan

        Would agree that Papagayo is very good for after-work drinks. The standard margarita---in a pitcher---was very good and not ridiculously priced. We just ordered chips and guac, which was fine, and we were focused on the drinks.

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        Papagayo
        283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

        1. re: bella_sarda

          I found the standard margarita waaaaaay too sweet. And, I just assumed it had a high-quality orange liqueur, but, by the sugary feeling on my teeth, I'm guessing that they make it with a low-end triple sec. I ordered another shot of tequila and poured in into my drink. That helped.

          The chips and salsa were pretty good. The enchiladas, ordinary.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            "I ordered another shot of tequila and poured in into my drink. That helped."

            Ain't it so...

      3. Does it really have to be one of these? How about Angela's Cafe in East Boston or Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham?

        I do like the Zocalo in Arlington, though I haven't been to the Boston location yet.

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          agreed. i would try taqueria el amigo in waltham or any of the mexican restaurants and taquerias in east boston first

          1. re: hiddenboston

            We have a gajillion threads on Mexican in general. I'm interested to hear from people who've been to more than one of the new places Swank names to find out I'd there's any value to the High-End Mexican Boom of 2010/11.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              I'd also say angelas but the disclaimer I tell people is to view the meats there as a delivery platform for the sauces because most of the time they're completely shoe leather dry.

              1. re: jgg13

                i went to angela's the first time and had their signature mole with chicken. The chicken was dry and not very tasty. What should i have orderd?

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  That's what I was saying. View it as a delivery platform for their sauces. With both the chicken & the pork I've found them to be waaaay overcooked far more often than not

                  1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                    Chicken is the worst. Chicken enchiladas or Pork with mole is somewhat better. I went to a hole in the wall Mex place in Reno recently and they had Chicken with Mole. Sauce was not quite as good but close, and the chicken was way better. And it was a whopping $8.

              2. I would recommend Zocalo in back bay. Personally, I think its by far the best mexican food in the area.

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                Zocalo
                35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116

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                1. re: mlyncha1

                  Their service is consistantly HORRIBLE, though. I hate that.

                2. Tico is more "pan-latin american" than Mexican, and most latin food is not spicy.