Seeking out excellent ethnic food in the near burbs, with a NY hound
Hallo, Hounds! Mr. Swank and I are dining with a Queens-based hound this weekend. Our hobby is finding unheralded and succulent spots to dine -- preferably cheap. In the past, we've ended up at and loved:
Winsor Dum Sum
Taqueria el Amigo
Strip T's [which isn't unheralded -- but is excellent nonetheless]
Essentially, we're looking for a sublime dining experience that isn't overhyped and overpriced. An exotic cuisine is always a plus: Sonoran, Bolivian, Taiwanese, Sri Lankan, and so forth.
Would love recommendations. The Hound is staying in Newton, and we're in the Lexington-Arlington-Belmont triangle.
Cambridge is full of good dining spots; I am sure you know them as well as i do. You can start with Oleana and Cragie and go from there.
What's good at Casa de Chicharron (asking what is probably an obvious question)? Is it the crispy giant bacon kind of chicharron? I poked my nose in there and almost went in, but it looked like a cafeteria-styled operation with steamer trays, and I needed some quick stuff to go (and wasn't sure I'd be able to navigate it properly)?