Monday, February 18, 2008

Cheap Eats: Taqueria Mexico

Most taquerias in the Boston area are counter service, fast food-type places. You order your burrito and move down the line, making sure you get all the right fillings. But at Taqueria Mexico, in Lynn, Waltham, and Coolidge Corner, Brookline, a hot, cheap, delicious, and sit-down meal is only a few minutes away.

The Brookline location is small, with only a handful of tables, so service is quick. Hot and fresh tortilla chips and a bright salsa verde are brought out for free as you peruse the menu. There are tons of choices, so it might take you a while to make a decision.

The chicken tostada ($2.50) was huge for the price. The crispy tortilla was topped with shredded chicken, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. It was like a fresh salad and would be a perfect snack.

The chorizo gordita ($4.50) was also huge and filling. The Mexican sausage was ground and very messy, though, so it had to be eaten with fork and knife. The bread was crispy and a little too oily, but the crunchy edges were the perfect accompaniment to the meat and fresh vegetables. There was a good helping of cilantro mixed in for plenty of flavor.

Full plated meals are also under $10. The chicken enchiladas with mole ($8.45) are served with refried beans, rice, and plenty of lettuce. The mole was excellent, with pronounced coffee and chocolate tones, and the chicken was moist, not dried out at all.

Taqueria Mexico in Brookline is closed Tuesdays, but open the rest of the week 10am-10pm (12am on weekends). They also do takeout and delivery – pick up a menu in the restaurant, as they have no website.

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Taqueria Mexico in Brookline


Anonymous said...

I've eaten at the Brookline location before, and the service was terrible. The food was OK, but despite there being 2 waitresses for like 6 tables, it still took them 20 minutes to take our order, and we were there almost an hour before the food arrived. They also got my drink order wrong.

Has this changed?

Susie said...

Did you notice the 2 signs outside the restaurant? One says "Taqueria Mexico" and the other says "Taquria Mexico" I any case, one of them is missing a letter!

I've heard the food is good but NOT to get the nachos...apparently they just stick them in a microwave.

Pam said...

John, service was very quick for me. I actually had to ask the waitress to come back because I hadn't made up my mind yet. Food came promptly before we had a chance to finish our chips.

Susie, they do use the microwave quite a bit, which can be a bit of a turnoff. I'm not a big fan of that, but when the food comes out as quickly as it did for me, it's not such a bad thing.