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Aug 27, 2011 04:23 PM

Mexican and New Mexican in Madison, Wi

Some very good of both in Madison. First try at Los Gemelo on Gilman. Steak, chicken and pastor tacos. 2 bucks a piece, good red and green salsas, onions and cilantro. Really very good.

The Santa Fe Trailer was on site for the farmers market. Breakfast burrito is a good egg, chorizo and green chile combo. I was impressed by the red on the blue corn cheese enchiladas.

Santa Fe Restaurant
132 E Church St, Sandwich, IL 60548

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  1. I like Cilantro (Tree Lane, Madison) and La Mestiza (Odana, Madison).
    I think the Cilantro folks (and also the La Mestiza folks?) have ties to Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, Chicago). Cilantro definitely has the upscale, Mexican stuff. Beautiful, creative
    and delicious. La Mestiza has more home fare. Guacamole is awesome. And their dishes really good (but a bit expensive for what you get). I haven't gone on Sundays but they have pozole and I've been dying to try it.

    Also El Pastor (Park?, Madison) is great. Cheap, yummy burritos. Tacos are great!

    Haven't found a good torta yet--open for recommendations!

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    1. re: gastro nomad

      Taqueira Guananatence...(sp?) in the strip mall that houses the El Tigre Bar.

      Corner of Midvale and the Beltline.

      I work with guys that have been ex-patriated to Mexico, for work, and they say that these offerings are as close to Torreon street-food, as they've ever been offered in the US.

      I have no frame of reference for THAT, but this taqueria serves VERY tasty food at reasonable prices.

        1. re: kriminalrat

          You might have to call around, but it's often a weekend special, especially at grocery/restaurants. Maybe Antojitos el Toril, Enrique's Market, Los Gemelos (Odana - the downtown one is less traditional), La Rosita Latina, or La Zacatecana?

          Believe it or not, HomeTown Buffet (Old Country Buffet) had it the one time we went. Didn't try it.

          1. re: jumble

            Was on monona dr and drove by super tienda Latina and they have menudo on weekends...anyone been there?

            1. re: kriminalrat

              I have a colleague who has had it at Taqueria Guadalajara. I've had ok al pastor tacos and pozole there, but not stupendous.

    2. I don't understand the reference to a place in Sandwich Illinois under this heading?

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      1. re: LikestoEatout

        You know, I never noticed that when I originally posted. I didn't select it, merely mentioning the Trailer seems to have done that.

      2. El Pastor and El Guanajuantence are my choices for straight-ahead casual Mexican; Los Gemelos is almost as good if you're on campus or downtown. I thought the tortas at Pastor was just fine but sounds like others downthread disagree. El Bolillo, way out in Monona Drive, makes a cemita, which is Puebla's version of the torta on a big soft seeded bun. La Mestiza is great for a more upscale, complicated dinner (i.e. more mole, less torta.) Casa de Lara is bad, Tex Tubb's is silly, Pedro's is vile.

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        1. re: Machaca

          "Silly" is the perfect word for that place... just heard House of Brews is making a custom black IPA for them, so I might go just for that.

          1. re: jumble

            Gotta give a +1 for the description of Tubbs.

            I cannot remember the last time I had a good experience at a Food Fight establishment.

            Our last time at Monty's was our LAST time...they even have done in Avenue our humble opinions.

            1. re: Monch

              >> I cannot remember the last time I had a good experience at a Food Fight establishment.

              Sounds like you haven't been to Fresco. Try it - it's excellent!

        2. My first recommendation would have been for Antojitos El Toril, but they've just recently closed. A woman who I'm assuming is the owner of the building told me that she'd had to evict them. Sadface; that place was terrific.