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May 14, 2012 08:21 AM

Beantown Taqueria

After two tries I can convincingly say I really like this place. Admittedly the name and Central Square location did not inspire much confidence but this is amongst the better Taqueria's I have tried in the Boston area.

Have ordered every type of Taco on the menu with the Chorizo and Tinga being the standouts. The Carnitas is probably the only one that fell short and is just okay. The main highlight though are the Tortillas. Hand Made in house Corn Tortillas that are good by anyone's standard.

For someone that lives in Kendall Square I also appreciate the fact that they are open late and deliver to the area.

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  1. I'll have to check it out. Given the name alone, I'd have certainly avoided the place... thanks!

    1. It's funny as I went there for the first time this weekend - I had the same reservations which is what kept me away. I had chorizo enchiladas and thought they were pretty good. Best I ever had? No, but not bad at all. The chorizo itself was really good IMO.

      It looks like they do mexican/tex-mex brunch dishes on the weekends, they had huevos rancheros and other such things available.

      1. Those tortillas, the late hours and price makes me very happy that they are in Central. First time I went (the weekend they openned) I was a little dissapointed because the meat tasted pretty dry to me. But it was a weird time and I think that the food had been sitting. Second trip it was better. Im happy to see that it is busy when i pass by. I want to try the breakfast items next.

        1. Thanks for the tip- I too would have steered away from it based on the name alone, but I'm always happy to try another taco place.

          On that note, just tried "The Taco Truck" Sunday at the Mem Drive closure. My husband and I split an order of Carnitas and an order of Barbacoa. It was good, although not super memorable and exciting. The meat was good, although the carnitas were not as flavorful as the barbacoa. The corn tortillas were good but not amazing. You have to buy salsas on the side, which was a little odd. We added cotija and guacamole at home (these were takeout on the way home) but they had both available for an extra $.75 each.

          I thought they were a little pricey at $5 for two tacos, but they use sustainably raised meats, so that drives the price up. I will say that they were super super slow to make 4 tacos. It's not like they are cooking everything to order from scratch, and there was no one in line in front of me, so it wasn't that they were behind, or understaffed. Not sure what the delay was but it took more than 5 minutes, and probably closer to 10 to get the four tacos out. Maybe they were having issues, but they're going to have to do better than that if they want to do volume.


            only "shredded or ground beef"? bumMER. carne asada and pescado are my go-to tacos. oh well. glad you like it.

            3 Replies
            1. re: opinionatedchef

              I wish they would eventually expand their meat selections as well. Personally my favorite is always Lengua and Cabeza, but the Chorizo and Tinga make me more than happy when they are in those excellent tortillas.

              1. re: Matt H

                By coincidence, I just had the Lengua and cabeza tacos at Taqueria Jalisco, and they were spectacular. Overall, how does Beantown compare?

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  Jalisco is still better overall I would say, mainly because their meat selection is better and probably better executed than any other Taquería I've tried in the area. Beantown's Tortillas are better than Jalisco though.