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7/6/13 No Problemo: Good Mexican Tacos in New Bedford


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7/6/13 No Problemo: Good Mexican Tacos in New Bedford

opinionatedchef | | Jul 8, 2013 03:21 PM

There's a reason why New Bedford is very rarely mentioned on CH>New Bedford is a tough call for restaurants.Every July we happily attend the New Bedford Folk Festival but finding dinner spots, and post 9:30 at that, is the biggest challenge of the wkend. We have done the local Portuguese scene where the menu is pretty much identical everywhere. We have settled on Cafe Mimo over Antonio's and Funchal, but the room is cafeteria like, the salad is iceberg and the drinks are sodas and meh wine/beer. And we arrive just before service ends. Menu at Cork and Urban Grille did not beckon.

This year we tried the downtown Mexican Taco place, No Problemo, on Purchase at Williams. While it's a LOUD funky bar/hangout place, the food is fine and prices are low low low , especially for the generous serving sizes. Guac is real,Haas avocadoes, and not loaded w/ onion; hoorah! Beef and refried beans flour tacos were very heavy and filling; the beef had been grilled (wow, great; i thought for sure it would be ground) and then super chopped . The ratio was def in favor of the beans, but flavor was there, and each table has its many good bottled hot sauces if you felt the need. Toppings were all fresh but their in- house salsa was really just chopped boxcar tomatoes/no additional components or flavor. The 'orange chipotle' chicken taco filling option was misrepresented, as the chicken was bland (but moist) and had no sauce flavor. But corn tortillas were griddled nicely. Quesadillas and burritos are also offered.
The house salad was giNORMous, fresh and simple. Real lettuce/no iceberg, cukes, same insipid tomatoes and a ton of shredded mild cheese which i removed, and insipid but o.k. cilantro lime dressing.
Service was laid back and pretty quick. Hope it keeps up the quality.It's no La Verdad, and it's certaiinly not authentic, but we were pleasantly surprised and thankful that it is there.