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La Hacienda Woodside

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La Hacienda Woodside

Kodiak | May 25, 2006 08:44 AM

This is the small Mexican place that's up the steps between 61st and 62nd on the North side of Roosevelt, right next to the Woodside and LIRR stop. It had never seemed that interesting from the outside, but yesterday, when I got on the 7 express by mistake (and so missed the Jarro and Flor stops), I decided to stop in for lunch. Very pleasant surprise. Free nachos and salsa to start and salsa was made with fresh tomatoes--tasty but could have been a bit hotter. I had 3 tacos for 6.00--Chicken, Al Pastor, Cecina. The tacos were huge, bigger than Coatzingo's and Tulcingo's (the one on Baxter), and all were quite tasty. Cecina was slightly dry, but that's what it's supposed to be, I guess. Chicken breast in the taco was fresh off the grill, and so was not dried out (a problem I often have at the other places). The al pastor was the best of the bunch, with deliciously moist and spicy pork in the taco. Think I recall seeing beer on the menu (i.e., no Fiesta Mexicana problem). Based on that experience, I'll go back to try some of their more entree-like options at dinner. One more thing--train noise is not that much of an issue, surprisingly enough.

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