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Mexican Radio in Hudson, NY

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Mexican Radio in Hudson, NY

Mike in Rhinebeck | Jul 3, 2004 09:16 AM

We've been reading and hearing about Mexican Radio in Hudson, about a 30-40 minute drive from Rhinebeck, for several months, so we (me, wife, and 12 year old son)decided to check it out last night (Friday). We arrived shortly before 6 and were happy to find it not too crowded. As others have written, the space and decor were very attractive, and despite being relatively narrow, there was plenty of space between tables both downstairs near the bar and upstairs, where we were seated. We finished around 7-7:15, and the restaurant was still not crowded.

They offer a few imported beers and many options for tequilas, as well as specialty margaritas. I had really wanted a frozen margarita but was told that these were not made to order but they were pre-made. I opted for one served on the rocks ($7.00) and it was fine. Wife had a pint of Dos Equis ($5.00)that could have been a bit colder but was OK. Unlike many other Mexican or Southwestern restaurants, chips and salsa were not complimentary ($3.95), and we were surprised upon receiving them that there were not many chips. In our opinion, these should have been provided free to all tables. The salsa was excellent, however, providing just the right amount of spiciness. All tables are "garnished" with 3-4 bottles of commercially prepared hot sauces from around the nation, so diners could adjust the salsa (or any sauce) to their liking.

Son had nachos ($7.95) from the appetizer menu for his dinner. These consisted of about one dozen large chips with a thin layer of black beans and melted cheese drizzled over the beans, garnished with sliced peppers, sour cream, and a guanillo pepper sauce on the side (very nice sauce). In our opinion, the portion size was too small for the price.

Wife opted for one of the specials. Chipotle BBQ Steak Burrito ($16.95; all dinners come with rice and a choice of black beans (vegetarian) or pintos). This was an excellent choice, a hefty burrito chock full of very tasty and tender steak, sauce, beans, and sauteed onions. It was covered with just the right amount of cheese and creamy chipotle sauce (i.e., not drowned as at many other Mexican places). Having tasted it also, I concured that this was a very delicious, as evidenced by my wife finishing the entire dish (she typically does not finish an entree).

I ordered Triple Enchilada Mole ($16.95) from the regular menu. I chose chicken filling from among options that included beans, beef, grilled veggies, or cheese. You may also choose from among three different moles: a standard chocolate; a spicy raspberry, and a pumpkin seed mole. I had one of each. All were fabulous. Each enchilada was stuffed with tender shredded chicken, and covered with just the right amount of cheese and sour cream. The raspberry mole was balanced perfectly between spicy and sweet, and the chocolate mole was not overwhelming as it sometimes can be at other establishments.

Neither my wife nor I were impressed (or disappointed)with the rice and beans side dishes. They were relatively bland but this provided an opportunity to try out different sauces (from the bottles on the table) on them. We skipped dessert in favor of a walk along Warren Street to look in the windows of the many antique shops and to enjoy the cool breeze off the Hudson. We stopped at Holy Cow in Red Hook for ice cream on the ride back to Rhinebeck.

Our overall impression was that the food was very good and the decor/ambience interesting and quite nice, but the prices were a bit on the high side. The menu is not at all kid-friendly (although there were several families with very young children sitting nearby). While we will probably give it another try (perhaps at lunch so we can visit shops when they are open), for high-end Mexican food we prefer driving to the Armadillo in Kingston, which is closer to home, a bit more reasonably priced, and provides what we feel is a warmer and more inviting atmosphere.

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