On a tip from someone who emailed me (thankyou!), we headed over to Winthrop Center last night to try a little Mexican restaurant called La Siesta. Everything about the place, from the food to the atmosphere to even the music coming from the speakers reminded me (perhaps more than any other place in the Boston area) of all the traditional Mexican dining spots I've been to in the San Diego area. Needless to say, I was overjoyed to have found this little taqueria, and see it becoming a place I'll be returning to many times
in the future.
Tortilla chips and a deep red salsa were brought to our table as soon as we sat down. The chips were a bit oily, but the salsa was absolutely addictive, with a flavor much richer than I'm used to.
We started out with the tortilla soup, which was maybe the best item of the night. An amazing mix of zucchini, squash, carrots, tortilla chips, cilantro, and spices, this was a soup I could easily make a meal out of.
Moving on to the entrees, we tried the chicken enchilada mole and the chile colorado. We agreed that the chicken in the enchilada had a better taste than that of Angela's Cafe in East Boston (perhaps my favorite Mexican restaurant in the Boston area), but the mole didn't achieve the greatness of Angela's--it was very heavy on cinnamon, drowning out the other flavors in it. The chile colorado burrito--a dish that I crave all the time, and one that I always seek out whenever I'm in San Diego--was excellent, with a mix of rice, beans, and marinated pork in a flour tortilla that was covered with a mild traditional red chile sauce and cheese. The chile colorado burritos I've had in Southern California have typically been made with shredded beef instead of pork (I prefer the shredded beef), but it was nice to have this kind of burrito once again.
It is tough to compare La Siesta to Angela's Cafe in East Boston, as both the cuisine and
atmosphere are different, but overall, while I feel that the food at Angela's seems to be a bit more interesting to me, the warm, cozy atmosphere of La Siesta--plus the sheer friendliness of the owner as well as his staff (not that they aren't friendly at Angela's!)--actually makes it tough for me to choose which place I like better. I guess it's what you would call a "nice" problem, having to choose between two places of this quality.
BTW, the owner of La Siesta told me that they will be expanding in March, which means they will be able to serve liquor (Winthrop has a rule that more or less says that restaurants with fewer than 100 seats can't serve liquor).
La Siesta Restaurante
70 Woodside Ave, Winthrop, MA 02152