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Jul 17, 2012 05:51 PM

Enraging experience at Taqueria Mexico, Waltham

The Swank family didn't feel like cooking the other night, so off we went to Taqueria Mexico, thinking we'd get cheap food fast.
Not so much.
First of all, there's nowhere to park nearby, unless you want to abandon your car next to a frightening building with no signage. There are an abundance of parking lots, but they're all reserved for office buildings -- really convenient when it's 7 p.m.!
Anyway, we were seated promptly, but the dining room was NOISY. As in, we could barely hear ourselves talk. We were seated adjacent to some kind of teen birthday party, which was fine, except the restaurant opted to shut out the lights to sing happy birthday, which completely frightened Young Swank.
We were brought chips, salsa, and a spicy red sauce. Red sauce was great; salsa a bit too chunky/watery for our tastes.
Mr. Swank ordered pork rind tacos and I opted for shrimp in garlic sauce, which was advertised as coming with rice and salad. I also asked for adobo sauce on the side.
We waited. And we waited. And we waited some more. Plates sporadically appeared from the kitchen and found their way to other tables. Our chips were going to be refilled -- and then the waitress forgot about us. Finally, Young Swank resorted to gobbling the salsa with a fork.
This went on for one hour, all while the braying teens next to us shouted and my headache intensified.
I'm not sure why on earth our food took an hour to arrive, as the dining room was half-empty, but ... it did. And when it did appear, it was blah. Mr. Swank reported that his pork rind tacos were "sickeningly sweet." They also didn't come with any sides, so he got a side of rice, which was served clumpy in an enormous vat.
My shrimp in garlic sauce was mediocre; for one thing, there was no sauce. They were bone dry. For another, the side salad featured a few sadly sliced cukes and a huge tomato. That's it. The side of adobo was more like a watery, peppery ketchup. I dumped some on my rice, to little effect. I ended up just dipping my prawns in the chips' red sauce. I was charged $1.50 for the side of peppery sauce, despite the fact that my prawns were sauceless.
Service was completely forgetful. Outside, an assortment of unsavory people were loitering about.
Overall, an experience I won't seek out soon again.

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  1. Have you tried Taqueria Amigos nearby? Its a small, hole-in-the-wall place, but I like their food..

    1. your order had to have been lost. an actual hour? for mexican food?

      i have left home, ordered food at el Amigo, eaten, paid and been home in about that amount of time.

      1. This is Waltham, not Newark. I don't think you need to worry about street parking next to "frigthening" buildings... Not that I ever liked Taqueria Mexico much, but it's not like it is a bad or dangerous neighborhood.

        1. That is unfortunate. I have always had good experiences there. As Luther said, the neighborhood isn't dangerous, although maybe a bit rundown.

          1. Sorry for your sad experience. Can't say I've really ever enjoyed a meal there (tried three times), although I know many hounds tout the place. You should have at least had prompt service, with the mediocre food! [Terrible food....and such small portions! ;) ]