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Aug 8, 2011 06:17 PM

Mexican update: Is Angela's Cafe still the best?

Visited Angela's tonight for the first time in a long time, and enjoyed it as much as ever. Is this still the Hounds' favorite area Mexican?

(BTW, when my daughter and I arrived just before 6:00, we were the first diners. Rino's, on the other hand, had a line out the door already! On a Monday night before 6:00!)

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  1. not my mex fav; never was. but the shrimp w/chipotle crema is very good. personally i would steer you to La Verdad, and the new El Centro.

    La Verdad
    1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

    El Centro
    472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1. View it as a delivery platform for their awesome sauces and you'll be alright. The chicken & pork have a tendency to be very dry and not so good.

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      1. re: jgg13

        Agreed. Always disappointed by the very dry meat. So sad.

      2. I still love it. Was there within the last month, and can't wait to go back. Currently still my favorite.

        1. Angela's, Jalisco, El Amigo remain my favorites. La Verdad seems much improved under a new chef, though the huarache I had the other night was just okay.

          Of the new upscale Mexican swarm, El Centro is my favorite: most of 'em have very faux-Mex food.

          El Centro
          472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I'm curious why you never mentioned Tu y Yo, MC. Have you had a chance to go over there? I haven't been in some time, but I was quite the fan some years ago.

            1. re: tatsu

              Been a while for me, though I liked it, and often cite it when the subject of entomophagy comes up.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                What do they serve by way of creepy-crawlies?

                1. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers

                  Tacos de chapulines, i.e., toasted grasshoppers. Nicely seasoned with lime, garlic, and salt, like many Latino snack foods. One of those things that I found the idea of a bit daunting, but the flavor and texture actually pretty nice. Definitely preferable to sea cucumber or jellyfish, in my book.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Man I wish I had a chance to go there when I lived in Davis Sq! Might have to make a special trip out there for this.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Pretty crunchy, it's actually hard to sense you are chomping down on bugs really. I love their corn smut app, frog legs when I'm in the mood, and especially the "National Dish" they sometimes have, a stuffed roasted green bell pepper, white nut cream sauce, festooned with pomegranate seeds. All three colors of the Mexican flag, with ingredients sourced from all regions of Mexico. But every time I call them to ask when is the next time it will be on special, the staff has no idea what I'm talking about. Anyway, one of the more memorable Mexican dishes I've tried.

                      1. re: tatsu

                        Chiles en nogada .. I love that dish!

                        1. re: yumyum

                          Thank you so much for pointing out the name! I forgot and that's the main disconnect I have when I call them!

                          1. re: yumyum

                            Ah a poblano, not a bell pepper. Man, I'm so excited I might try and make this at home!

                            1. re: tatsu

                              Bueno! I think this is a multi-step cooking process but not a difficult dish to make.

                      2. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers

                        Of course, Angela makes a wonderful Chiles en Nogada! I believe it's around in November and thereabouts...Remember our beloved Rubee? She loves this dish!

                        1. re: fredid

                          I was thinking about Rubee when I posted this!

                2. Haven't been to Angela's in about a year so I can't really speak for them right now, but Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham is about as good as it gets these days.

                  Taqueria El Amigo
                  196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453