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Mexican Restaurant, Hancock, Me.

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Mexican Restaurant, Hancock, Me.

Passadumkeg | Sep 24, 2008 05:31 AM

Although I live in a rural area of Maine, I live at the gateway to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. I wanted to give a heads up about this place for those driving through Ellsworth; it is six miles north of town and, I feel, worth the detour.
I had lunch yesterday at my favorite north east Mexican restaurant, ironically called Mexican Restaurant (116 US Hwy #1, Hancock, Me., 207 422 6285, closed Sundays), owned and operated by Hondurans. The food is freshly prepared, a diverse menu, and of good value. I had the a taco al pastor, a Mexican and a Hinduran tamale and Chiles Rellanos. (I was hungry.) The taco al pastor was not what I expected and I got into a discussion in Spanglish with the owner/waitress/cook. She told me they were ordering a trompo machine (like a gyro spit) in order to make "authentic" (correct usage here) al pastor meat.
The Mexican tamale ($2.99) filled with red chile and pork was just like I used to make w/ my brother's Hispanic in-laws in New Mexico. The Honduran tamale is new to me, but was a tasty combination chicken, pork, green peas, beans wrapped in a banana leaf. The Chilles Rellanos plate was substantial for $7.99. A big cheese and meat stuffed poblano w/ a crispy fried dough crust covered w/ a spicy tomato sauce with a sprinkle of cheese , and with sides of refried beans, rice and warm corn tortillas (The menu: "chile azado con carne desebrada, picado o pato, and cheese, arroz, frijoles y tortilla").
I have enjoyed their menudo and they also have the similar mondrango.They have very good specialty plates Pollo Asado, Milanesa, Mojarra Frita (tilapia), Plato Montaro ("carne azada, con chicarron, huevo, platanos frito, frijoles y arros"), carnitas Lobster Fajita,a good selection of tacos, burritos, empanadas, huarches, shrimp dishes, tostadas, tortas, quesadillas (including a lobster one for $6.99) and a small dessert list (flan, chocolate torte, rice pudding, natilla). The restaurant is located in a huge log building housing motorcycle sales and decorated w/ tacky Mexican tourist stuff. No alcohol served (BYOB), the natural lemonade is excellent and they have Mexican canned & bottled beverages.
Bien Provecho!
Marco Gordito

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