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Tag: Mexican

Benny’s Burritos

San Francisco style Cal Mex in the village.

What We Had

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I had the Chicken Chipotle Tacos – 2 pulled chicken, tomatillo salsa and black bean tacos with a salsa fresco salad – Nicely seasoned, juicy chicken and good beans – too wet to eat as a traditional taco, but very tasty all the same.

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My DH had the Blackened Chicken Burrito – His was really nicely seasoned – the best burrito (outside of Moe’s) we’ve had in quite a long time. It hit the Moe’s button a fair amount, too, especially since the Moe’s up here are very hit and miss quality-wise.

I also had a Virgin Mango Margarita – Frozen and delicious on a hot afternoon.

And my DH had a Dos Equis on tap.

We also ordered chips and salsa, which was good and fresh.

Decor

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Old bar looking interior with minimal decor and lots of sun.

Service

Not the speediest service on the block.

Overall Impressions

A great find. The menu is huge and varied, the burritos punch the Moe’s button, and the tacos weren’t bad at all.

Rating

4 out of 5 for being better than expected, despite lackluster service.

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Murphy Gonzalez

Murphy Gonzalez Pub & Cocina

This is what happens when an Irish pub and Mexican restaurant meet and have a baby. Near NYU.

What We Had

My DH had the Burger with Bacon & Swiss on an English Muffin – Overcooked but still juicy and flavorful with really good bacon. Decent fries that were a potato not long ago.

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I had the Steak & Eggs – Overcooked but flavorful and tender. Eggs were overcooked as well, but still tasty. Potato side was decent; surprise fruit side was great.

Decor

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More Irish pub than Mexican restaurant. Sports on the flat screens, open and spacious dining area.

Service

Friendly service – appropriately attentive for Sunday brunch.

Overall Impressions

An interesting mix prepared with enough skill that its all not just drunk food.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for good standard food with enough promise that we may come back for Mexican fare.

El Pollito Mexicano

Standard Mexican fare.

What We Had

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I had 3 Tacos al Pastor D.F. Style with pork, pineapple & onions – Great taste, lots of pineapple. A little chewy, but the taste was good. Great guacamole.

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My DH had the Beef Burrito with rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, cheese & lettuce – Decent taste; not a lot of spice but pretty good seasoning.

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Side of Black Beans – Great taste with a hit of coffee.

The chips & salsa were ok. Not salted.

Decor

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Lively and colorful decor with upbeat Christmas music when we visited.

Service

Standard Mexican restaurant service.

Overall Impressions

Not bad. This place has a varied menu with Mexican classics & American Mexican style favorites with a little bit for everyone.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for solid food in a lively atmosphere.

Taqueria de Los Muertos

Taqueria de Los Muertos

Tacos just off Prospect Park.

What We Had

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I had 3 tacos: turkey with mole, tongue with tomatillo and pork with spices.

Great turkey – really nice spice. Good tongue – tender and well seasoned with a bare hint of wild and orange.
Decent pork – a little sweet but tons of spice.

These tacos were huge; 2 was more than enough.

My DH ordered the burrito with chicken, but received a burrito with steak. he wasn’t came out as steak, but it was really flavorful. Huge.

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We also ordered chips & salsa. The chips were fresh and unsalted; the salsa was chunky and bright. We both drowned everything in heaps of salt, lime and Chaula.

Decor

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Cute decor – very open for a tiny space, cafe feel, lots of sugar skulls.

Service

Not bad for such a casual eatery.

Overall Impressions

This is a great little find. Solid tacos, huge burritos, and a pleasant walk from the park.

Rating

4 out of 5 for an easy, relaxed time with surprisingly good food.

Mexicali

Standard Mexican fare in Cobble Hill.

What We Had

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I had the Steak & Shrimp Fajitas – Everything was seasoned properly and the dish wasn’t too greasy. The shrimp was overcooked, but strangely, I kind of welcome rubber shrimp in dishes like this.

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My DH had the 2 tacos & 1 burrito combo – He got beef and chicken and everything was well seasoned.

Decor

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Minimal with an adobe mildly upper class vibe.

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

Not the best, not the worst. Certainly edible and most likely repeatable.

Rating

3 out of 5 for decent “regular” Mexican food.

Fonda

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.

Elora’s

Mexican eatery a few blocks off of Prospect Park (near the F stop)

What We Had

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I had the carnitas. This pork was crazy good – and a huge portion. It was so good, being too full to finish was depressing.

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My DH had the Chimichanga w pork. His dish was huge as well, with really good flavors – not quite the orgy of yumminess mine was, but still faboo.

Fresh beans, even good rice.

Nice fresh, bright table salsa with homemade chips.

D├ęcor

Minimal decor

Service

Friendly service

Overall Impressions

This is a great little place. Nothing fancy, but good. Next time, we will either consider splitting the pork or make sure it’s our last stop so we don’t have to schlep leftovers all over the city.

Rating

A solid 4 for great (huge) food in a welcoming atmosphere.