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Lola's, Taco Libre, other Tacos Portland to Blue Hill?

opinionatedchef Sep 23, 2012 12:48 AM

We're coming up from boston next wk. for 10 glorious maine days; Portld>EBoothbay>BarHarbor>Blue Hill>Boston. It's been 6 yrs since we had ths long a visit up there and we are so psyched! I've been doing alot of CH and web research. Are the above trucks closed for the season? I haven't researched it yet but i'm really hoping the taco place in the barn near blue hill- El El_______,will still be open. I've read about Zapoteca and want to try it for lunch.
Thx for your help.

  1. MidCoastMaineiac Sep 24, 2012 08:41 AM

    Taco Libre is closed for the season. You are thinking of El El Frijoles in Sargentville, they are open...but hours in fall are limited (check the website).

    If your simply compiling a list, you can also add El Rayo in Portland and El Camino in Brunswick. I also had the tacos at the Sunfire Mexican Grill in Rockland a few weeks ago and was surprised at how good they were.

    http://elrayotaqueria.com/
    http://www.elelfrijoles.com/
    http://www.elcaminomaine.com/

    Recent review of El El Frijoles from the "From Away" foodbloggers:
    http://www.fromaway.com/reviews/el-el...

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    1. re: MidCoastMaineiac
      opinionatedchef Sep 24, 2012 04:25 PM

      we enjoyed our dinner at rockland's Sunfire when we were last there. i'm glad they have survived.
      do you have opinions abut the mex food at zapoteca and sonny's, as well as el rayo and el camino that you so kindly linked?

      1. re: opinionatedchef
        MidCoastMaineiac Sep 25, 2012 06:19 AM

        I think I have an unreasonably high standard when it comes to Mexican food...I keep wanting places locally to even come close to the quality you get at the shoddiest road side stands in Florida or Central/South California. You know, the places with old ladies in hairnets who don't speak a lick of English, but slop out some of the finest Mexican cuisine this side of Monterrey. So, that being said, I haven't been to Zapoteca or Sonnys. El Rayo and El Camino are passable, though the vibe at El Camino is almost reason enough to go. El El Frijoles does what it does...well. Don't expect big things.

        Maybe to put it into a Boston perspective for you, my favorite place in Mass used to be Tacos Lupita near Davis Square in Somerville. Not any of the other locations, specifically the one in Somerville (I found others didn't have the same quality). That set the New England bar in my opinion for "authentic" Mexican fast food...

        1. re: MidCoastMaineiac
          opinionatedchef Sep 25, 2012 10:39 AM

          That's super helpful so th you. Yes, i know just what you mean. We go to CA every yr and really love the Mex food there. i was not a lupitas fan for anyth except one (that icr)but they had a big fan base before they were sold and now no one goes i guess.For us, we are big fans of a few fantastic things at la Verdad. and one at anna's. We'll prob try Zap and Sonny's so will post re them, per usual.Thx again.

          1. re: MidCoastMaineiac
            Cassoulet Sep 25, 2012 05:32 PM

            Honestly, I've been so disappointed with the Mexican food I've had in midcoast Maine that at this point I'd be thrilled to even be able to find anything close to Chipotle's.

            1. re: Cassoulet
              opinionatedchef Sep 25, 2012 05:41 PM

              i undtsand exactly what you mean, but cass, have you tried zapoteca yet? i called today. the owner is from guadelajara.
              we're gonna try it.

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                bobbert Sep 26, 2012 07:29 AM

                If you’re there on a weekend night (or when he’s working), ask for suggestions from the valet parking guy. He’s fun to talk with and is probably as knowledgeable, if not more so, as many of the servers. Definitely the most food savy valet parking guy I've ever run into.

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        dwdunn Sep 26, 2012 04:36 PM

        Eat at "Taco Escabar". on Congress St. near Franklin take 295N to Portland Maine

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          opinionatedchef Sep 26, 2012 10:30 PM

          hmmm, not one mention on CH. escobarr btw.

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            dwdunn Sep 29, 2012 04:48 AM

            yes, Taco Escobarr! Sorry about my fat finger!
            Not mentioned on CH? I can't believe it.

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          Mainegal Sep 27, 2012 06:09 PM

          You might try the Good 'N' You food truck in the public parking lot in downtown Belfast (it has a Facebook page). And check out Eat More Cheese, which also faces on the parking lot, at the corner with the park.

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