TaQueria La Mexicana
Taqueria La Mexicana Grand Opening
After witnessing the insane crowds at the unofficial reopening of Taqueria La Mexicana, they're ready for the real deal.
From the Internet:
This Saturday, (5/3/08,) Taqueria La Mexicana is holding their Grand Opening, from 3pm - 8pm, outside, in the parking lot. Be sure to bring your friends for authentic mexican food and a good time in the cantina!
Also, Monday is Cinco de Mayo. For this special day, Taqueria La Mexicana will have a free "chip and salsa bar," with food and drink specials, inside.
Vaya con tacos!
If half as many show up to the official reopening, well, just get there early.
Rumor Mill Refinement
This just in via email on TaQueria La Mexicana.
TLM did expand into Irish Eyes. He is hoping to open in mid-December to early Jan. However, during construction, the current location is fully open.Phew. Many tears would have been shed if the menu lost favorites like the enchilada rellenos combo.
The clarification is that the menu will have some changes but all the favorites and combos will of course be there. Further, we will now have liquor and some entertainment. Lastly, prices might go up a little but nothing substantive.
A Plate Full Of Color
That happens when you've got over 500 posts on the same thing on your blog. But still I try. Hey, those refried beans look good.
Out With The Irish, In With La Mexicana
Rumor has it that this will bring table service and a change in menu offering for La Mexicana. Personally, I fear change. What on earth will I do if they get rid of my beloved enchilada rellenos combo? Probably cry.
Silver lining: they are getting a liquor license, and are open during renovations (at least last night they were).
Pork: It's What's For Breakfast
Somerville's Union Square is in the opposite direction of most of my morning destinations, but you've got to treat yourself every now and again.
Menu Pick: Enchilada Rellenos Combo
The plate shown is half eaten, both served with pork, and verde sauce on the enchilada. They ask if you want spicy or mild sauce on your enchilada. Spicy is gringo for verde, but I swear it's not hot at all. In fact, the chile relleno is probably spicier but nothing you can't handle.
I've spread the good word on their chile rellenos and enchiladas, but the combo dominates. Their enchiladas are all packed with meat, and there's just something magical about that combination that neither item reaches on its own. The weight is a little low, but the medium grease factor fills you up.
The enchilada rellenos combo is greater than the sum of its parts.
Plate weight: 11.8 oz | Price: $6.00 | FDR: 2.74
The Need For Beans
You don't have to tell me twice.
We drove to TaQueria La Mexicana for some low viscosity refried beans, Sean's first time. He got a beefsteak dinner plate that came with refried beans, rice, salsa, lettuce, and tortillas. Of course he loved it - his craving for refried beans was more than satisfied. TaQueria La Mexicana has been dominating the non-burrito market for a while now.
While weighing and photographing the food, another patron asked if we were doing a restaurant review. "We? Oh no, just that kid," said Sean. Embarrassed to be seen in a restaurant with a digital scale, or embarrassed to be associated with Burrito Blog? You decide.
Plate weight: 21.9 oz | Price: $8.00 | FDR: 2.74
Real Mexican Food In The Boston Area
The implication that burritos are not 'real' Mexican food is a debate I avoid. But I agree, the usual tortilla free Mexican food in Boston is pretty poor. That's what makes this exception so important.
This pork chile rellenos plate from TaQueria La Mexicana is amazing. Real Mexican food, tortilla free, and in Somerville (that's basically Boston for you out of towners). The peppers' kick is mild. The meal is made right before your eyes.
The camera phone doesn't do these stuffed peppers justice. Get it for yourself.
Weight: 20.4 oz | Price: $7.00 | FDR: 2.91
The Unfiled Tamale
Contents: Pork Tamale
Notes: It was damn good. At $1.25, you can eat a small fist full of these. I recommend you do.
Seriously, Try This
Chile rellenos is a pepper stuffed with melted cheese and some kind of filling - chicken in my case.
The sauce on top reflects the flash. Despite the appearance in the photo, it really wasn't greasy.
Greg Gets The Big Eyes
Check out this picture of Greg 1 tamale and 1 1/2 Tacos before giving up.
I ate the rest.
No More Snacking Before Meals
They were pretty delicious though (I cleaned up the scraps). Best nachos ever? Just might be.
Enchilada Plate Satisfies
At our previous visit, Greg got a burrito but preferred the enchiladas. This particular configuration comes without rice and beans, and costs $6.00. You can get two enchiladas with rice and refried beans for $5.75.
Low Viscosity Refried Beans
The plate was fine, although not as good as my lofty expectations. What concerned me was the beans. These frijoles were especially soupy. Curious.
Null Hypothesis: The refried beans are unadulterated.
Alternative Hypothesis: The refried beans have lard added to them.
At this point, I am unable to reject the null hypothesis. More research is required.
Deceptive Photography? No.
Zach was craving a nap after downing this thing. A $4.75 sedative - what a deal.
President Of The Clean Plate Club
As you can tell, they were both delicious. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Welcome to TaQueria La Mexicana
The restaurant's a little dark, and the burritos (called burros here) don't come with tin foil, but let the food speak for itself.
The menu was just a little too big for my scanner, so you'll have to read the full menu on their official website. Check out the variety of plates and combinations. It’ll let you try a lot of items at a single meal.