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Welcoming Surprise - Decent and Authentic Mexicam Food in Richmond Hill!!

Charles Yu May 2, 2013 04:47 PM

After dropping off my car for an oil change in the Yonge/Elgin Mills area, I walked around in search of something interesting to eat. We noticed to our surprise, a Mexican Grill & Bar - "Mexican Amigos" at the SW corner strip plaza. ( 10720 Yonge St. ). A Mexican place in Richmond Hill??!! Anyways, the place looked kind of authentic from the outside, so we decided to give it a try!

Once inside the premise, we were greeted by lively Mexican music and friendly 'Mexican' wait staffs that hummed along with it! A pretty good sign that we have ventured into something authentically Mexican!

We ordered the following:

- Sopa Azteca. Tomato broth with morita dry peppers, bay leaf and served with fried tortilla, sour cream, onions, cilantro and avocado.

- Chorizo Tacos. 3 soft corn tortilla filled with Chorizo, topped with onions, cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and served with refried black beans and Mexican rice.

- Amigos Signature Fish Tacos del Golfo de Mexico. 3 crispy corn tortillas filled with chunks of lightly breaded cat fish topped with shredded cabbage, mixed lettuce, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, house signature sauce and served with Mexican rice and refried black beans.

The food was surprisingly good!! Vegetables were all freshly prepared. Both hard and soft tortilla shells were nicely grilled and served hot. The home made Mexican Salsa 'Pico de Gallo' was very tasty. Chorizo was authentic Mexican and the Breaded fish was piping hot, greaseless and crispy. The refried beans was great, though I can't stand its look! LOL!!

Glad to have this place in ' Oriental/Asian food dominated' Richmond Hill!!

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  1. Kagemusha RE: Charles Yu May 3, 2013 06:15 AM

    Refrieds made with pinto and not black beans tend to look a bit more, er, "appetizing," Charles. Actually prefer pinto refrieds. Authentic? Looks nice and fresh but still decidedly Tex-Mex/Mexican-American.

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    1. re: Kagemusha
      Charles Yu RE: Kagemusha May 3, 2013 07:28 AM

      They actually offered both beans. However, my preference was black ( healthier, I was told! Ha! )
      Obviously not as 'authentic' and 'cuisine oriented' as some of the down town joints. At least all the staff converse in Spanish!! Ha!
      But, in our 'culinary wasteland', this place is definitely better than the neighborhood 'Lone Star'!!

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        Michael N RE: Charles Yu May 3, 2013 08:08 AM

        Well, to be fair, Lone Star is Tex-Mex and has never claimed to be authentic Mexican.

        1. re: Michael N
          Charles Yu RE: Michael N May 3, 2013 08:52 AM

          Point taken! But up here north of Hwy#7, nothing remotely close to compare with except Taco Bell and Lone Star!! Ha!

          Actually, I'm not even sure there is a really 'authentic' Mexican place here in Toronto??! In fact I'm still trying to find a place that offers a decent 'Oaxacan Mole'!!

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            Kagemusha RE: Charles Yu May 3, 2013 01:15 PM

            Good luck with that. Most Mexican restos seem to pull the guac and chips over customers' eyes--instead of wool--and roll out the same old stuff. If it's fresh and tasty, great, but TO has never had credible regional Mexican restos.IMHO it's ingredient access, kitchen know-how, and ingrained local taste for what a "Mexican" menu should include that keep it from happening.

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          birch RE: Charles Yu May 5, 2013 06:55 AM

          Culinary wasteland - haha! We live at Bathurst and Teston. We call the 400, 407, 404 the Death U for lack of restaurants etc. We have avoided Three Amigos due to Yelp and Urbanspoon. We will have to give it a shot.

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        msprnt RE: Charles Yu May 3, 2013 07:18 AM

        from the photo, it looks like the old all-star wings location. am i right?

        here's the website: http://www.mexicanamigos.com/

        looks like it's worth a shot if i'm in the area. menu includes prices and seem a bit high for RH.

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        1. re: msprnt
          Charles Yu RE: msprnt May 3, 2013 07:30 AM

          Yup! and Yup! Guess one is paying a premium for scarcity?!

        2. kwass RE: Charles Yu May 3, 2013 07:35 AM

          There's also a new Mexican Restaurant in Thornhill on Clark Ave, East of Bathurst. It's called La Mexicana. This is their 4th location. The other 3 are @ Bathurst and Lawrence, Yonge and Wellesley, and Yonge and Bloor. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to soon.

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          1. re: kwass
            MissBingBing RE: kwass May 3, 2013 07:36 AM

            If it's as bad as the others, don't bother.

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              kwass RE: MissBingBing May 3, 2013 07:42 AM

              Really? Darn! My Mom wanted to go there for Mother's day :(

              Why is it so bad?

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                MissBingBing RE: kwass May 3, 2013 08:21 AM

                Zero spicing other than Tabasco from a bottle. Expensive for what you get. Poor presentation and about as authentic as the nearest Taco Bell. Your mom will love it!

                1. re: MissBingBing
                  kwfoodiewannabe RE: MissBingBing May 3, 2013 08:34 AM

                  wow... CHers insulting Moms...

                  and a week before Mother's Day.

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                    kwass RE: kwfoodiewannabe May 3, 2013 08:37 AM

                    I think it was just an attempt @ sarcasm...no harm intended.

                  2. re: MissBingBing
                    kwass RE: MissBingBing May 3, 2013 08:35 AM

                    Thanks MissBingBing. It looks like I'm taking her somewhere else.

            2. Davwud RE: Charles Yu May 8, 2013 04:24 AM

              Thanks for the tip Charles. I've been wondering about that place but really didn't hold out much hope.

              Have you been up to Made in Mexico in Newmarket or La Mexicanada in Bradford yet??


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              1. re: Davwud
                Charles Yu RE: Davwud May 8, 2013 09:04 AM

                Hello Davwud.
                Sorry! No not yet! Too far a drive for me just to try out a Mexican Joint.

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