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Swankalicious Mar 24, 2012 05:08 PM

Any good? You never hear much about it.

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    BrettLove Mar 24, 2012 05:27 PM

    It's always been one of the more romantic spots in town, IMHO, although I haven't been in years & couldn't comment on their food [these days]. There was a time when it was fantastic (although pricey), and really the only "high-end" Mexican/Latin in town. Their patio is lovely in the summer, and I have wonderfully fond memories of going there with my Mom and Gram for special occasions "back in the day". Like I said though, haven't been in years...

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      9lives Mar 24, 2012 05:33 PM

      I remember eating there years ago and enjoying it..so no recent report. I just googled them, and they're around for 37 years. That predates the Baja Fish Taco in the USA...brought to the US by Rubio's (if you don't know them, use google..it's quite a story) in SoCal about 35 years ago. I spend a few months each winter in MX and I'd guess from looking at the menu, that it's probably in the category of "upper middle" in terms of Mexican restaurants. There's fancier places down there and lots of less fancy; but they'd fit in.

      The main focus of this board seems to me to be more of a tacqueria type place. Ex. I see a lot of mention of lengua or cabeza tacos at various places around town..not uncommon in tacquerias or stands in MX. I doubt you'll find that at Casa Romero.

      My take is that Casa Romero probably puts out decent food, relatively authentic when compared to that level place in MX...in a nicer atmosphere than the E Boston or other places usually mentioned here.

      I'd be curious about other opinions; mainly cuz my experience is so dated.

      Another reason why we hear so little about it is probably that there has been such a flood of newer Mexican places that have recently opened. I'd guess it's probably a decent place for a Mexican meal for those that want a more traditional atmosphere.

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        BrettLove Mar 24, 2012 05:51 PM

        I'd guess that the focus of this board on taquería type places is 'cause that's pretty much all we have here in Boston, to this day. Angela's, in EB, seems to be an exception, but Casa R. would still appear to be among the only "upscale" Mexican around. (Is Sol Azteca still over on Beacon? Still not quite as " upscale" as C.R.) Pork in chipotle/orange sauce, shrimp w/salsa verde (Camarones Veracruzano) & seafood stuffed squid were among the "signature dishes"; more refined than the "many things to many people" Salvadoreño/Mex. spots I've frequented more recently. Anyone know of any other "upscale" Mexican around? At least something w/o the mimeographed plastic menus? I love me some tacos de lengua, pupusas, sopa, etc., etc., but would love some more refined Mexican cuisine without traveling to Chicago...

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          9lives Mar 24, 2012 06:03 PM

          We're in agreement. We review what we have. Angela's is interesting cuz the fod is great; but atmosphere doesn't compare to CR.

          Chicago has great MX; refined and not so refined...but their MX population is huge, and Rick Bayless had a lot to do with brnging in more refined food.

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            Taralli Mar 26, 2012 07:40 AM

            If you haven't, you really should try Taqueria Jalisco in EB. Love their birria.

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              9lives Mar 26, 2012 02:04 PM

              Taralli, You must be a mind reader. I don't make it to Maverick Sq very often; but it looks like I'll have to make a few trips in the next month; was going to search the board for suggestions.

              I happen to love birria.

              http://www.flickr.com/photos/61246842...

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                BrettLove Mar 27, 2012 05:59 AM

                Taralli- Is Jalisco in Maverick? I don't recall it being one of the spots right in the Square. I moved back to EB not too long ago, but what once were my solid stand-bys (the "original", teeny-weeny Cancún & Topacio [Salvadoreño] on Meridian) seem to have either gone downhill, changed hands, or both.

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                  itaunas Mar 27, 2012 12:51 PM

                  Jalisco is in Day Square if I have my squares right (Bennington and Chelsea).

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            libertywharf Mar 25, 2012 04:31 AM

            Haven't been here in a few years. If you need a ton of reviews before you eat somewhere, forget this place. They have a regular group of clients who seem to want to keep this place the best kept 37 year old secret. There are several places in Boston I would go without asking a for a recent review, this place is one.

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              ParisLady Mar 25, 2012 07:06 AM

              Have not been in a very long time. It was always delicious with a great mole sauce. Thank you for reminding me about Casa Romero. I can't wait to try it again. I agree that you do not need a review to try this restaurant.

              1. ipsofatso Mar 25, 2012 09:26 AM

                I stopped going there after two lackluster performances of both food and service. Sol Azteca is IMNTBHO a much better option.

                1. CocoDan Mar 26, 2012 06:45 AM

                  Have had some very good meals there over the years. Find it to be very expensive compared to other Mexican restaurants in the city. I do like their Margaritas. Usually go before a Sox game when we're in the mood for Mex. Still good, not great, still go!
                  Enjoy,
                  CocoDan

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                    theuninvitedguest Mar 26, 2012 09:18 AM

                    We were here a few months ago and nobody was very impressed. In particular, the signature dish of the pork marinated in oranges and chipotle peppers was a disappointment. It was a thin, dry slab of pork on a plate with sauce poured over the top and a few lackluster oranges for garnish. It wasn't bad, but for $25 we were expecting more. In general everything we had felt kind of tired. Service was lackluster.

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                      LeoLioness Mar 26, 2012 10:25 AM

                      I had the same reaction to that pork dish. Really? That's it? Just a slab of meat? Granted, there was no indication on the menu that there would be anything else on the plate, but I found it insulting that they would tout this as their specialty and turn out such a cheap dish.

                      "Tired" is a good way to describe this place.

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                        ipsofatso Mar 26, 2012 10:32 AM

                        Exactly my experience per LeoLioness and theuninvitedguest. A gesture of rice and beans would have made the plate look less lonely but the overall presentation and service showed a lack of interest in the customer's experience. They might be a good candidate for Restaurant Impossible as they've gone way downhill.

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                          ParisLady Mar 26, 2012 11:39 AM

                          I am so very disappointed to hear this! Sol Azteca here I come !!!

                    2. Alcachofa Mar 26, 2012 03:15 PM

                      "You never hear much about it." Doesn't that kind of answer your own question?

                      I am aware if its history, but I think Romero has been coasting on his reputation for years. I was last there a little over a year. I do not agree with the mole review... it was not very good at all.

                      I don't understand libertywharf's response. If you do a search here, you will find many remarks about Romero... most of them "meh". And the place is hardly a secret.

                      The patio is nice.

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                        9lives Mar 26, 2012 03:30 PM

                        It sort of reminds me of Davide or Hungry I. Just doesn't get talked about much.

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                          BrettLove Mar 27, 2012 06:06 AM

                          I agree that it's pretty shitty that CR won't slap on a, what was once standard, simple side of rice & beans (with yummy queso blanco). I was a little worried they'd become "tired"; unfortunately, that seems to be 'de rigueur' for old places with "built-in" clientelle (PLEASE, SPARE ME THE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE, CHOWHOUNDERS!!!).

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                            Alcachofa Mar 27, 2012 09:42 AM

                            When were you last there? If it was 15 years ago, then it's probably gotten "tired". If you went two or three years ago and you liked it, it's probably the same.

                            Also, I would not say the focus of this board is taquerias. It is just that is where you can sometimes find better Mexican food. Romero is simply not that good, that is why it isn't discussed as much. It has nothing to do with it being a taqueria or not.

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                              BrettLove May 3, 2012 05:01 PM

                              Ok. So what/where are the other "non-taqueria" restaurants? I said the focus here seems to be on taquerias because that's what predominates this area. I look forward to trying the other, better restaurants you seem to be alluding to. Which other, non-taqueria restaurants are discussed (other than Angela's, or Sol Azteca, once in a while) here?

                              P.s. Last time Casa Romero, ca. 1995...

                              P.p.s. 9Lives said the focus of this board was on taquerias, I was merely trying to provide my version of a potential explanation.

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                                Alcachofa May 4, 2012 06:35 AM

                                I don't think I understand your question. The reason other, non-taqueria restaurants are not discussed is because no one's found any good ones. (Although, in addition to the two you mention, Zocalo has been mentioned for doing fairly well with the basics, and, I've never been, but Mexico Lindo in Melrose gets half-decent reviews as well.)

                                If, therefore, taquerias get discussed more since that is where the better Mexican chow is, I don't think that makes it a "focus" of the board. The focus is to find the good, wherever it exists.

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                                  9lives May 4, 2012 09:56 AM

                                  What he said. Mex food is something I know a little bit about. The Boston area has plenty of tacquerias, not so many Mex restaurants in the mid to higher range. So that's what get's reviewed most often. When I said the focus of the board seemed to tacqurias, that's what gets reviewed cuz it's what we have..x Sol Azteca and Casa Romera. There's been a far great number of post as more Mex restaurants open. Rosa Mexicana will certainly generate a lot of posts when it opens.

                                  eta..I see today's Boston Herald has a piece on the growth of MX restaurants in the Boston area. Worth a read.

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                        pemma Mar 27, 2012 09:59 AM

                        Casa Romero is fine. I went there last year before a Red Sox game. Hasn't changed much in years, but it's fine.

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                          NahantNative Mar 27, 2012 01:18 PM

                          Casa Romero claims to be one of the few places in the city that uses 100% lime juice in their drinks. I respect that, but think a lot of places are doing that now. Can't comment on the food

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                            adiosoven May 10, 2012 11:03 AM

                            Haven't been to C.R. in five years but I want to take a group out for a small party (10 or so) and guest of honor (college kid) loves Mexican...(true mexican not so much Tex Mex.) We will be in Boston so I'd like it a place there or close by...Sox are in town that eve, so I'm staying away from Verdad - it's a little too casual for what I'm looking for although I liked the food. Papaguyo sounded interesting but I need the opinion of my fellow chows!
                            Other Mexican places the "chows" would give a thumbs up? Please advise

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                              Alcachofa May 10, 2012 11:19 AM

                              Papagayo is no good. I am interested in hearing where you heard it was interesting. I would definitely go to Romero over Papagayo. I would look at Temezcal and Rosa Mexicano also. Haven't been to either one, but a party of 10 will be tough anywhere else. Again, don't go to Papagayo.

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                                keith May 11, 2012 06:32 AM

                                Avoid papagayo at all costs. Ditto to Temazcal. I had a great dinner at Rosa Mexicano last night, so I think that would be a good choice. If you want something a little less upscale and more convivial (food is nowhere near as good, but it's not Tex-Mex either, and they do have excellent sangria), I'd do Sol Azteca.

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                                  adiosoven May 11, 2012 08:58 AM

                                  I read about it online Papagayo somewhere and saw some pictures - it looked like it might be fun for a college kid, but food must be decent. (Group isn't into the Border Cafe/Margaritas type junk they pass off as Mexican!) We detest Margaritas chain...Mezcal in Worchester wasn't bad but again we'll be in Boston. I liked C. Romero; It wasn't five star but it wasn't horrid, had decent Tamales in there about 15 years ago..LOL I'll look into Rosa Mexicano & Sol Azteca as alternatives to C. Romero. Thanks!

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                                    ipsofatso May 11, 2012 12:03 PM

                                    Sol Azteca is only a passed ball away from Fenway.

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                                      keith May 11, 2012 12:13 PM

                                      While this is true, it's not in Kenmore square and thus gets only a very small amount of ballpark traffic. There's always parking available on the side streets parallel to Beacon (plus they have valet in the evenings I think), so whether or not there's a ballgame is a non-factor.

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