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Mexican Roundup - So. Fairfield and No. Westchester Cos

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Mexican Roundup - So. Fairfield and No. Westchester Cos

adamclyde | Dec 20, 2002 10:33 AM

OK - a post just below this one prompted me to start this: I'd like to get responses from fellow Lower Fairfield County/Northern Westchester County folks to collectively put together a directory of good Mexican. Being a Calif. transplant, I'm always in search of something that resembles authenticity in mexican food. So, here are my two cents about places I've been to - please, please, please, if you have any intel on good Mexican places anywhere from Port Chester to Norwalk, by all means let us know.

This is a long post, in two parts - first are my biased comments on places I've been to. Second is a list of other places I'd love to hear some feedback from all of you. Here we go.

Places I've been to:

* Casa Villa - Stamford - West Main - across from KFC
This one is my favorite - but only go for the tacos. It's a small, unassuming joint next to a laundry mat and convenience store (across the street and down a bit from KFC). They recently changed their name from Fabi's. They sell great tacos. Their al pastor and pork are their best, beef is a close second. Chicken taco was also good, but their chorizo taco was disappointing. They also sell other non-Mexican items like pizza and plantain chips, but stick to the tacos and you'll be fine. Since they've changed their name, I've noticed the quality slip a little. Hopefully it is only temporary.

* Ole Mole - Stamford - Highridge (across from Borders)
Typical take-out mexican. Tastes good, but very american. Nevertheless, it satisfies when the taste buds are in need of a mexican fix. However, I have to believe there are better places out there.

* Tacos Guadalajara - Stamford - Atlantic St.
Looks like a true taco joint, but the final product was disappointing. Better off going to Ole Mole or Casa Villa.

* Viva Mexico Restaurant - Stamford - Summer St.
Good tasting, rather authentic mexican at great prices (like all mexican should be). However, I passed by there recently and saw it had closed. Does anyone know if they are relocating, or closing permanently? Too bad if so.

* Fonda La Paloma - Post Road, Cos Cob/Greenwich
This was pretty good, casual, sit down mexican fare. I would rate it average. Unfortunately, it's been a while since I've been there and don't have an update. Anyone have comments?

* Boxcar Cantina - Greenwich
Not worth a penny, in my opinion. Supposed to be Tex-Mex, which I'm biased against, anyhow, but even for tex-mex, it was terribly unauthentic, overpriced and unappetizing.

* El Tio - Port Chester
Being my first venture into PC for mexican, I was very much looking forward to some good Mexican food. Coyote Flaco was closed, so we went to El Tio. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed. The enchiladas were mediocre and suffered from being drenched in a mole sauce rather than any sauce more appropriate for enchiladas. I've only eaten there once, so, please, comments from people who have sampled more of their food are very welcome.

*** THE FOLLOWING NEED YOUR FEEDBACK***
OK, these are the places I'd like to hear more about. some have been discussed on this board, but now we can discuss them in relation to one another:

- Coyote Flaco - Port Chester (frequently mentioned on this board - is it justified? Authentic?)
- Mary Ann's - Port Chester
- El Festejo - Port Chester
- Hugo's - Stamford
- La Hacienda - Stamford
- ANY OTHERS I'M MISSING
- What about Norwalk - I've heard of a mexican grocer that sells killer tacos. Name? Feedback?

I'm looking forward to comments and good eating. Thanks.

- Adam

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