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First Great Meal of 2008 at Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham


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First Great Meal of 2008 at Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham

hiddenboston | | Jan 3, 2008 05:20 AM

We drove over to Waltham last night to try Taqueria El Amigo. Not an easy place to find if you don't know the area, but I know Waltham pretty well, so we found it without much of a problem. The place is about as big as a walk-in closet, perhaps about half the size of Angela's Cafe in East Boston, which is pretty small itself. They have maybe 5 or 6 tables, two of which were taken when we arrived. The TV was on at the counter, with a show not unlike a Spanish version of the Three Stooges on, and everyone in the place was laughing their heads off while watching (we were definitely the only non-Spanish speaking people there).

The woman waiting on our table (I'm thinking she was one of the owners?) brought us some tortilla chips with a basic salsa as well as a deliciously smoky brownish sauce with the seeds of chilis floating in it. Both were served in those traditional stone dishes that Angela's also uses. We ordered a couple of drinks--coffee, which wasn't very good, and a melon milkshake, which was pretty mild, but hit the spot.

We skipped over the apps and ordered two entrees. The pollo con mole, which came with steamed tortillas for wrapping, was fabulous, with a fairly rich mole that, while not quite as complex as the mole from Angela's, was absolutely delicious. The chicken was all white meat (sorry, folks!), and most of it was cut into long, firm strips. Rice and beans came with it, both of which were fresh and decent enough. The other entree--the chicken enchiladas--was every bit as good as the pollo con mole. The red sauce was moderately hot (you can get green or brown sauce with it, too), the ground chicken had a hearty, rich flavor (seemed to be a mix of dark and white meat ground together), and the tortillas they were wrapped in had a nice, slightly chewy consistency to them.

Our bill was almost absurdly cheap; two entrees and two drinks came to a total of $19.

Based on the one meal last night, I'd say that I still like Angela's Cafe in Eastie a little better (mainly because of their amazing guacamole and mole), but Taqueria El Amigo doesn't seem too far behind. I'm hoping to try them again over the next few weeks, as I want to try their tacos and burritos. They have some interesting options for meat, including tongue and cheek meat, so maybe if I'm daring, I'll go that route.

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