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Dec 18, 2013 12:13 PM

Mad Mexican: New Mexican Place from the people behind Frida's

It's by the same people who do the salsas.

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  1. BOOOOOOooooo. I want one in MY neighbourhood.

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    1. re: Googs

      It isn't in my neighbourhood either, but sometimes you just have to go out of your way for certain restaurants :)

    2. Bogus. Still waiting for the real deal.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        The real deal being what, in this case?

        1. re: Kagemusha

          So you've been to Frida and brought Mad Mexican home have you Kagemusha?

          1. re: Googs

            Not impressed with either. Just got my shipment of chiles from PHX. Set for another 6 months.

            "Mexican" food in TO is in a mile-deep rut. Still surprised no one has clued in to tortas yet.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Or sopes..

              Maybe one day we'll get Vampiros. Turn your $5 tiny taco into a $10 tiny taco, but with a slice of cheese and an extra tortilla!

              1. re: Kagemusha

                Calling Rick Bayless, and his shortrib tortas.

                1. re: dlw88

                  Rick Bayless isn't Mexican. He's southwest, closer to New Mexican. Too bad there isn't a New Mexican place in TO.

                2. re: Kagemusha

                  I thought Agave y Aguacate was mostly Tortas?

                  I would love a Torta Ahogada. Maybe a bowl of goat birria on the side.

                  1. re: bobbob911

                    I crave those torta ahogadas, birria, barbacoa and good pozole.

                    I don't currently live in the GTA, but when I'm in town, I try to eat foods from countries and cultures that are not well represented in Windsor, where I live, or in Detroit, which is very close by. I would not seek out Mexican or Lebanese in the GTA, when it's done well, and is far less expensive, in Detroit. There are many reasons for the price difference, but if I can get a taco al pastor for $1.25 in Detroit, why does it cost $6 at Playa Cabana? Is it 5 times better? Does $1 go for ambience, another for higher minimum wage rates, another for price of raw ingredients and still another for the utilities bill? If I could be guaranteed that the taco will be that much better, then price matters little. Regardless, I'm certain that authentic Mexican recipes are not on many, if any, restaurant menus in the GTA. Until then, I'm not paying inflated Toronto prices for glorified street food.

                    1. re: 1sweetpea

                      Heading down to Windsor/DTW over Christmas - recommendations for Mexican there? And don't say Xochimilco! :)

                      1. re: burningrome

                        I can offer three options in Detroit and none is Xochimilco, LOL. If you don't mind divey places, but love grilled chicken, Taqueria el Rey is a great choice. My husband goes there for lunch and says the 1/2 chicken meal is enormous but great value. They grill the spatchcocked chickens, then use a cleaver to hack them into manageable pieces. You get the usual rice and beans with that, and all the tortillas you could possibly want.

                        Two that I enjoy are Taqueria Nuestra Familia and Taqueria El Nacimiento. These places are frequented mostly by the Mexican community. I personally avoid the cheapie lunch specials and choose from either the breakfast menu or dinner menu for much more interesting options. On one visit to Nuestra Familia, I was able to order huevos machacados (eggs with dried, pounded pork - jerky of sorts) and have as my side whole beans, rather than the standard refried beans and rice. Those beans were the star of the meal. If you are into carne en su jugo, menudo, birria or pozole, they are available daily at Taqueria El Nacimiento.

                        El Nacimiento's address is 7400 W. Vernor. Nuestra Familia's is 7620 W. Vernor and El Rey's is 4730 W. Vernor. It is closer to the Ambassador Bridge, while the other two are several blocks to the west.


                        Tacos are popular at all three places, but I notice that the Mexicans that eat there tend to opt for dishes that are cooked to order. Why not try both? There's no shame in packing up your leftovers for later.

                        Call to make sure each place is open, if you're going over the holidays. I'd hate for you to get there only to find that your chosen place is closed for an extra couple of days over the holidays.

                        Windsor's Mexican offerings pale in comparison, but you get the privilege of paying double or more for inauthentic grub, albeit in nicer surroundings than those in Detroit.

                    2. re: bobbob911

                      But Agave y Aguacate isn't actually reopened yet

                      Apparently there were a few soft open days over the holidays and they are now promising a soft opening on January 7th, given his track record only time will tell....

                    3. re: Kagemusha

                      What of Jose Hadad's work have you had Kagemusha?

                      1. re: Googs

                        Frida wasn't universally adored. Find a new chew toy--and visit Detroit sometime and see what life's like beyond "guac+chips."

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          Oh that's right. I forgot that's all I eat. Detroit isn't my baseline. Mexico is. I can only guess from this you've never tried anything from Chef Hadad. Perhaps his work isn't "universally" enjoyed, but since when is that the standard? Different strokes and all. I've enjoyed the take home Mad Mexican goods which aren't as good as homemade, but certainly do the job better than anything else I've encountered. I also quite like the restaurant, Frida. Perhaps you can try it sometime and let us know what you think.

                    4. re: Kagemusha

                      I like Mad Mexican stuff but I was not a fan of Frida's when I went the one time (seemed "run down", mediocre food, etc).

                      I would give this new spot a shot though.

                    5. I've never been to Mexico.

                      My first real exposure to that style of food was in San Francisco in 1970, followed by Detroit in 1972 and Denver in 1977.

                      Every morsel I ate in those cities was far and away better than anything I have ever eaten in Toronto, and i have been to just about every single Mex place in TO over four decades -- at least once....hoping, praying, gnashing of teeth..

                      But I am continually disappointed. The best dish I have had in Toronto has been posole, and that I can easily make at home.

                      Sorry, did not mean to complain...sniff, sniff..

                      1. I can't remember the (expensive) meal I had at Frida. I stopped bothering with the tacos and burritos I've normally had in Kensington and just have tortas.

                        1. Delicious Sunday lunch at Mad Mexican on Jane Street in Baby Point. I was blown away! I expected mediocre food and instead was served absolutely fantastic tacos of lamb D.F. barbacoa, chicken pibil, pork carnitas, a non-cilantro red condiment, and slightly-too-sweet limeade that got refilled once. Can't wait to return.