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Aug 21, 2012 11:12 AM

I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I sort of like Mexikosher ...

Mexikosher -- as you might guess from the, ahem, clever name -- is a Kosher Mexican place.

It's a pretty basic setup. Pick the type of meat you want (carnitas, carne asada, birrira or chicken), and then a vehicle on how you want the meat to be presented (burrito, taco, nacho or rice bowl), then dress it with the salsas and sauces of your choice.

The carnitas and carne asada are both tasty. To keep the "carnitas" Kosher they use a mix of beef and duck confit. Who would've thunk it?

They also have birrira and chicken on the menu which we did not have a chance to try.

In a twisted good way this place sort of reminds me of Chino Bandido out in Phoenix.

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  1. Don't be ashamed. I've been there twice- once with my cousin, who was a rabbinical student who lived in the area. (She has since been ordained and has moved on to the wilds of the Kansas City reform community)

    Admittedly, I enjoyed the first time more-- I think just because my expectations were so low. But I did enjoy my faux "carnitas" tacos. The second time I went back, I ordered a bowl which wasn't nearly as good. Mounds of meat on vegetables-- it looked just so ungainly, and the massive portion put me off. But I would go back for the tacos, if there were some kind of groupon deal or if I were with a person who kept kosher.

    Mr Taster

    1. I'm not ashamed to admit that I like it too. It's in my neighborhood so it's a nice alternative.

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      1. re: Obessed

        Exactly. As an alternative, not a replacement. It doesn't rise anywhere near the level of deliciousness as the carnitas on freshly pressed tortillas at 5 puntos, for example.

        Mr Taster

      2. So it's not a shandeh un a charpeh to like it then! Good to know... ;-D> You might link this over on the kosher board too if you want to be a mensch on a mitzvah...(riffing on a "man on a mission" if you'll allow me a little poetic license here).

        ADD: Never mind...I see 4 mentions already with this one being the latest:

        1. Though I don't keep Kosher, I do not mix milk and meat when I can help it, so I have been ordering my carne asada taco combos sans cheese for ages. Other than the pork meat, lard (which isn't widely used outside the home anyway) and the dairy (which is easy enough to do without), there is nothing in Mexican food that would be trief. Of course, I also like my red meat to be a bit less than well done, but the thinner carne asada is usually not coming out pink. They must be using fake sour cream though for the nachos.

          I am a bit surprised that lingua is not on the menu. Tongue has a long tradition in Jewish deli food, though it took the Southeast Asians to get me to try it.

          1. Do the burrito-style or taco-style plates here really cost $10.99 to 12.99???

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            1. re: nosh

              Yeah, you definitely pay a premium for keeping Kosher, whether you need to or not.

              Is it overpriced? Probably, esp. if you are not keeping Kosher.