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Mar 12, 2014 04:57 PM

Where is the best mexican restaurant in Monmouth County?


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  1. North of the Border, in Red Bank.

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    1. re: MGZ

      + 1 NOTB

      Side note; "restaurant" is a bit of a stretch for NOTB, it is more a bodega with a table and some counter style seating. Don't plan a night out or an anniversary dinner there.

      1. re: jrvedivici

        any recommendations for a "restaurant" that I can bring older parents and kids and have a "nice" meal?

        1. re: yCf

          While Mexican isn't really my thing.....I would throw my suggestion to Juanito's in Red Bank. (they also have a rt. 9 Howell location). They have a dining room and waitress service etc. food is good by my standard and it's a BYOB.

          1. re: yCf

            El Rancho in Long Branch, across from the train station. Authentic food and a the warmest hostess in the area.

          2. re: MGZ

            MGZ I have to tell you, I wasn't thrilled with the pork skin tacos. I was thinking crispy chicharron style skin/fat and it was chopped up chunks of pork shoulder and tongue. And yes I said "cuerito"

            Did they serve me the wrong thing or give me the gringo special?

            I still like Linos al pastor tacos. Those things are delicious if you haven't had favorite variation in Red Bank.

            On the topic, has anyone been to papagayos in long branch? it is a building down from Adas.

            YCF, As JR mentioned, juanitos is family friendly...not amazing food in my eyes and kind of pricey for what you get. I'd personally hit senor peppers a block down the road. It is lower in cost but might not have the decor/atmosphere of Juanitos (not that it is fine dining either lol.) Both are BYOB

            1. re: corvette johnny

              Juanito's is more accurately classified as Tex-Mex with proteins swathed in puddles of red ranchero sauce and melted jack/chedder cheese. Most of the other places mentioned are closer to authentic Mexican with drier preparations meant to have salsas added at the table. These salsas tend to be thinner than the chunky ones served with chips at the Tex-Mex places.

              1. re: equal_Mark

                yeah I would agree with that Mark.

                casa comida is probably along those lines too.

                1. re: corvette johnny

                  That they are, and despite the naysayers on this list I'd state that Casa Comida prepares the best fajitas in Monmouth County if not all of central NJ.

          3. Senor Peppers gets my vote. plenty of table, good food and cheap!

            The tacos at notb are stellar, and the al pastor beef burrito at casa comida was salways stellar. I havent been there in 5 yrs though.

            Sadly, there's no good tex-mex around here

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            1. re: Lcdsoundsystem

              Enjoy the Tostadas de Ceviche at El Oaxaqueno 3 in Long Branch:

              -many of the Tacos at La Valentina at Long Branch:

              & the Coctel de Camarones at Senor Peppers:

              1. re: equal_Mark

                +1 Mark is right on the money !! love these places.

            2. Where is Chow on Chilangos in Highlands? I've eaten there about 3 times, but this was pre-Sandy. Seemingly more authentic than Juanitos. Sopes, Huaraches and Shrimp Tropical were always excellent. Mains were good, but I can't recall what we had. Looking at their menu, I'm thinking we ordered off their specials.


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              1. re: TomT

                Their menu has changed over the years. I believe the change was per-hurricane, more post liquor license. The menu is undoubtedly more Tex-Mex, and less authentic Mexican. With that in mind, I really didn't care for the Tex-Mex inspired 'Mexican Pizza', but did enjoy a special of chile relleno's, which was on of the best I've had, stuffed with chicken, almonds, and raisins, with a chipotle tomato sauce. This was also before the storm closed them for a while. I'm over due for a return visit, for the authentic dishes.

                North of the Border remains my go to for Mexican. As others have posted, it's not an evening out place, just great food, to go, mostly for me.

              2. The thread reminded me I was driving down 35 North over the weekend and I passed the old Don Chucho's(?) and it has changed hands. It was no longer painted that pale green color and I could swear the signage said "Possillipio" which was the name of a now defunct Asbury Park restaurant. Anyone have any news on this?

                1. Chilangos in Highlands!!! Owned by a real Mexican family with food the way real Mexican food should taste!! Homemade chips and salsa, Great appys, soups and mains. Friendly service. Amazing tequilla bar . Good for all ages and group sizes. But be warned -- gets crowded early on the weekends --and they dont take reserv.

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                  1. re: nycbabs

                    Have not been there in a few years but do recall that it served food based on the region of Mexico City, which can be a bit more cosmopolitan than that of say Puebla or Oaxaca. One of the dishes unique to this cuisine are Huaraches, an oblong, fried masa base, with a variety of toppings including green or red salsa, onions, potato, cilantro and any manner of protein such as ground beef or tongue, and then finished with queso fresco (Some places serve what amounts to a large tostada using corn tortillas).