Monday, May 5, 2008
Cheap Eats: Angela's Cafe
Being as it's Cinco de Mayo, everyone in the city is going to be trying to grab some Mexican food and cervezas tonight. Most of the options are less than ideal, however. For truly great and authentic Mexican (no beer yet, though, but they're working on it), head to Angela's Cafe in East Boston.
Angela's is a small storefront that focuses on food from the Puebla region of Mexico, but it also offers American fare for the less adventurous. Puebla is a focal point of cuisine in Mexico, and Angela herself is in the kitchen, cooking traditional recipes like her amazing mole poblana. This authentic mole combines chocolate, chilis, and a vast blend of spices to form a sauce with a rich and deep flavor. The mole is very good on the enchiladas ($10.95), three corn tortillas stuffed with a mix of vegetables or shredded chicken. Many dishes, including the enchiladas, are served with standard rice and black beans, but the taste is anything but standard. The beans are especially delicious, with so much more flavor that you'll find at other Mexican restaurants.
Another standout on the menu is the freshly made guacamole ($8.95). Served in a pig-shaped molcajete, the guacamole is packed with flavorful cilantro and tomatoes. It is served with house-made tortilla chips that are thicker and flakier than usual. Nine dollars may seem a little steep for guacamole, but once you taste it, you won't mind the extra cost.
Angela's Cafe is located at 131 Lexington Street in East Boston and is accessible via the T at the Airport station on the Blue line.
Originally posted on Bostonist.