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Jan 14, 2013 06:17 AM

"Real" Mexican Restaurants near Delray, Boynton, etc???

Driving back to Boynton from The Keys, we passed a slew of interesting-looking, no frills Latin restaurants on US441 in the Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, Plantation area. These looked like places that would be patronized by Mexicans, Brazilians, Nicaraguans, etc. One places that caught my eye was the Taqueria/Tortilleria Michoacana, just to give an idea of what I am trying to describe:


I would love to explore these places, but they are a bit distant from my location.

I've read about Taqueria Dona Raquela in Pompano, mentioned on CH but not recently, and about Tacos al Carbon in Lake Worth. Any comments on these, which are closer to me? I plan to visit Dona Raquel soon, so tips on what to order are welcome..

Can anyone give me a name, or details, of places that might fit the bill in the Boynton,Delray, Hypoluxo area? I do know that I can find Cuban resturants, but not looking for those right now.

Language is not an issue.

Many thanks.

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  1. I have been a fan of Tacos Al Carbom for years however i went to the location on 10th ave few weeks ago and it just was not as good as the lake worth one. As for Dona Raquela this is above them all. Also i have not been there but i hear good things about

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    1. re: makymark02

      Thanks. I did take a ride to Taqueria Dona Raquela today. Certainly, this is an authentic restaurant of the type I am seeking. Friendly service with English spoken by some of the staff, exceptionally clean premises.
      I was not wowed by the dishes we tried, but then those represent only a tiny sampling of the extensive menu.

      They were out of Tacos de Borrego (lamb tacos). In Mexico these are often reserved for weekends so perhaps this is the case here as well; I should have inquired.

      Tacos de Carne Asada ($2.39 each) were pretty good, but Tacos de Carnitas ($4.78 for two) were too dry and lacked substantial porky flavor of first-quality carnitas.

      I liked their red sauce, with good smoky (chipotle?) flavor, and the green tomatillo salsa was good as well.

      My dining partner, unaccustomed to Mexican fare, was pleased with the hefty chicken burrito ($5.99).

      Two aguas were on offer today: Horchata and Melon; the agua de melon was exceptionally good. A bargain at $1.99.

      Bill for above, with one Diet coke, was $18.18.

      I plan to return to sample other dishes; there is an entire page of specials available only on weekends.

      There is a well-stocked and well-priced Mexican grocery/butcher shop just next door to the restaurant. Location is within a small strip mall with ample parking in an adjacent lot.

      1. re: erica

        I would do the same with Tacos al Carbon. Just go and order a bunch of stuff and it will put you out about $15.

        You can go to the sit-down, table service restaurant on 10th St.

        Or, go to the spot in Lake Worth, here you have 3 options. There's table service inside the building, there's the permanently parked Food Truck outside, and then if you show up at 5AM on Sunday morning there is the 24x7 window on the east side of the building.

        Personally, I prefer ordering at the food truck and grabbing a table over in the shade near the building. If you like you can bring a cooler with your own beverages. Or get some of their home-made juices including melon, tamarind, etc.

        My wife loves their veggie tacos, make sure you get them with avacado. I am a carnivore so I usually get a variety of meat options.

    2. Try Ladinos at the intersection of Military and Hillsboro behind the Chevron station. Huge selection. Excellent Colombian empanads and fantastic cevechie.

      1. Love love love Tacos al Carbon in Lake Worth. We always grab a table inside.

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        1. re: Disneyfreak

          Many thanks. I plan to check out Tacos al Carbon very soon.

          1. re: erica

            Finally had a chance to stop in here yesterday to sample a few tacos ($1.99 ech) --chicken; barbacoa (beef); carnitas; carne asada. (They were out of tripe on a Saturday afternoon)

            With the exception of chicken, which was, not surprisingly bland, all were very good. As was the cup of tomatillo salsa, included in each order.

            I liked this place very much..order from the truck; walk a few steps to order one of their fruit or horchata aguas (I had watermelon) and maybe a big cup of fresh, cubed fruit, take a seat at the outdoor tables, and chow down. Nice atmosphere...friendly folks. Helps to speak Spanish but not at all necessary.

            I hope to return soon to try other dishes.

            1. re: erica

              Yes I should have warned you away from the chicken, I've gotten it a few times and I am always sorry I didn't stick with beef or pork.

              It's also quite a scene at night, there's often music blaring, the place is packed... you definitely feel like you're not in Kansas, or Boca, or Palm Beach anywmore.

        2. On the way back from The should have stopped in Florida City or Homestead......and eaten at real, authentic Mexican Rosita's, NicaMex and the like........

          Ft. Pierce, FL

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          1. re: LargeLife

            In answer to the comment by EMac, above, we made another trip to Homestead, and lunched at Rosita's. Very good for florida Mexican: See details here, reposted from last spring. Surprised that the large Latin market near Homestead gets little coverage on this forum..


          2. Just drove past a place I'd never noticed before.

            It's on Sample Rd, about 2 blocks W of 95 on the S side.

            "Taqueria Latina" - Authentic Mexican

            (said the sign in front)


            That's all I know, for now...