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Area Taquerias Cont'd: Montechristo and Cantina la Mexicana

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Area Taquerias Cont'd: Montechristo and Cantina la Mexicana

opinionatedchef | Feb 23, 2011 03:50 PM

So, as could be predicted, the taco seeking obsession continues. yestday we sampled the El Salvadore outpost of Montechristo (yum) and Cantina la Mexicana (yum not).

M:
At M they were 86'd on the Adobado pork filling, and we had the res and pollo tacos. The res (beef) taco has distinct and good (likely soy sauce based)flavor, with a very ample portion of meat for $2 ( and thankfully not minced into ground beef-like size). I missed the salsas of la Verdad but these res tacos were still better than so many others we’ve tasted lately. Btw, Montechristo’s salsa is really kind of funny(funny ha-ha) to me- it was like V-8 juice. I didn’t put it on anything but i did drink it! My Love liked the chicken taco; the chicken was certainly moist , but i wasn’t keen on the tomatoey flavoring myself. We both removed the shredded letuce. The beans are delicious, like a good bean soup w/ no spice presence and maybe a little herb.
If you do go here, make sure to try the pupusas and chicharrones, written up here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768072

The people at M are very sweet.

CLM:
Wow, Roberto is still there, on site, after all these years.
I didn’t realize he was raised in Texas. What a nice fellow. I wish I could say lots of positive things about the food but I cannot. Chicken ‘empanadas’ with masa wrapping were moist and good. Beef tacos were worthless, like too many others. The chorizo and potato tacos seemed very well executed and generously filled, but you do have to like cinnamon in your chorizo. The fish tacos were fresh and well prepared, with even a nice chipotle crema, but the metallic taste of tilapia is not for me. We didn’t try the chicken tacos because the waitress said the pollo was just shredded, not marinaded or flavored. Perhaps CLM excels with their many entree dishes, but it was tacos that we were after. For those of you who are CLM fans, Roberto said they are doing a number of different coupon deals now so you might want to explore them.

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Montecristo Restaurant
146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

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