Fonda

by cochrancj

Gourmet Mexican with a laid-back vibe in Park Slope.

What We Had

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My DH had the Enchiladas de Mole Negro Oaxaqueno – Corn tortillas filled with braised chicken and topped with black mole, onions, cream, queso fresco, cilantro & sesame seeds.

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I had the Pollo Norteno – Achiote marinated chicken tossed with chihuahua cheese and topped with Serrano chiles and pickled red onions. Served with tortillas.

Both dishes had tons of flavor and really well balanced fat to salt to savory to spice ratios. Both were deep, complex, and kept us going back for more even after we were full.

The Mole was the mole you never get in non-gourmet Mexican restaurants – it was deep, complex, rich and totally bonkers. A must-get on any visit.

The black charro beans and Mexican rice sides were amazeballs. Crazy amounts of flavor in both. I could happily down half a pint of each and call it dinner. Really something special.

The only dish misstep was a tiny piece of bone left in my chicken. Whomever chopped the chicken that day must have gotten a little carried away with the cleaver. Not a huge deal, just a small caution.

Decor

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Tasteful and streamlined.

Service

Decent. Friendly.

Overall Impressions

This is a great place to go if you’re craving Mexican but not tacos (though mine was basically tacos). The only minus was no auto table chips, so no house salsa. I had habanero salsa geared up in my mind (our favorite gourmet Mexican spot in Miami had the best habanero salsa ever) and my mouth was sad I didn’t get any. My stomach, not so much. We ate more than enough as it was.

Rating

4 out of 5 for outstanding flavors in a grown-up atmosphere.

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