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Where to get New Mexican food in the Massachusetts/NH area?

Swankalicious Mar 6, 2012 05:41 PM

Mr. Swank and I *love* New Mexican food. When we lived in Washington DC, we were lucky to enjoy several options. We've yet to find anywhere in this area that serves authentic New Mexican cuisine. Anyone, anyone?

  1. almansa Mar 8, 2012 05:33 PM

    Masa (Boston and Woburn) sort of qualify.

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    1. re: almansa
      gourmaniac Mar 9, 2012 07:40 AM

      I was disappointed the one time I went to Masa. i found it overpriced and generic Southwestern food served with attitude. I agree that we don't have New Mexican here. It's a very distinct cuisine.

    2. digga Mar 6, 2012 06:36 PM

      You should check out finlero's posts, ex-Boston 'hound. How I miss finlero.....

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        yumyum Mar 6, 2012 09:07 PM


        1. re: yumyum
          finlero Mar 7, 2012 04:38 PM

          Hey, hi-five, y'all. For what it's worth, now that I'm a full-time NM resident, I'd punch a two-year-old in the face for a lobster roll.

          Unless the landscape has changed drastically since I left, there's effectively nothing that really comes close in Boston itself. Cooking NM food at home is actually surprisingly easy, the home cooking board is pretty replete with good suggestions. The main thing is to track down NM's signature ingredient, green chile. The two brands I could reliably find in Boston were Hatch (Whole Foods, occasionally Star) and 505 (Pemberton Market in North Cambridge, 505 is NM's original area code, ergo the name).

          As far as dining out, to this day I maintain that if you stick to the most basic of basics, On The Border in Woburn (yes, the chain) actually has a couple of excellent things going for it. Their small flour tortillas are made in house and really outstanding; ditto the house made salsa, which sports a remarkable bite to it considering they don't do a separate hot and mild. My better half (who grew up in NM) used to drink it like a shot when she thought nobody was looking. We used to just order a combo fajitas and a few margaritas (not half bad either) and declare a success. NB anything with a dubious-sounding novelty sauce (think Olive Garden specials making a run for the border) will be every bit as repugnant as you might fear.

          Two hours west of Boston in S. Hadley is Autentica (http://www.autenticamexicanfood.com/ ), more or less the real deal. Once we really got the hang of cooking this stuff at home, we didn't have much need to go out there, but save that they don't use lard, Autentica's chow is pretty canonical. Anything on the menu is something you'd find in a local NM restaurant: green chile stew, enchiladas, a green chile cheeseburger, etc. The flour tortillas are still local and somewhat crappy, I found just about everything else to be quite good.

          And in NYC, Los Dos Molinos, just outside Union Square, is the real deal, and consistently nuclear spicy. A carne adovada chimichanga, "Christmas" (red and green), with a Kickass Margarita almost justifies a trip to the city by itself.

          If you ever find yourselves out in the Land of Enchantment, do look me up. I miss the chow scene (and Chowhound board!) in Boston, but NM has its share of swoony deliciousness if you know where to look.

          1. re: finlero
            Madrid Mar 7, 2012 04:51 PM

            hey finelero thanks for checking in on us still doomed here in Mass. I have a brother in Abluq. and he tells me he no longer goes to Sadie's. anyway, I ' d love to start a pop up in my home here for NM food but that won't happen. wil check ou out on that board when i next get to go to NM.

            1. re: finlero
              hondodog Mar 7, 2012 05:49 PM

              Los Dos Molinos is closed. So I guess there's no point in going to NYC...

              1. re: finlero
                gourmaniac Mar 8, 2012 08:17 AM

                Nice to hear from you finlero and for the tip on South Hadley. I appreciate your posts on the Southwest board but haven't been for a couple of years. Might be worth a roadtrip to Autentica with a stop at BT's smokehouse in Sturbridge and the Korean place in Marlborough along the way.

                1. re: gourmaniac
                  bewong15 Jul 20, 2012 01:11 PM

                  Gourmaniac, which Korean place in Marlborough are you referring to?

                  1. re: bewong15
                    Prav Jul 20, 2012 01:14 PM

                    Maybe he meant Westborough, there's the famous one there, "Westborough Korean Restaurant"

                    1. re: Prav
                      gourmaniac Jul 20, 2012 03:15 PM

                      yes, westborough not marlborough, Still haven't made it to Autentica but glad that BT's is developing a well deserved buzz.

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