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Sonora Mexican Grill

Dax | Jul 14, 2004 10:52 AM

Joypirate and I ate at this little Mexican restaurant on Western Ave in Cambridge last night. The food is apparently focused on dishes usual to the Northern Mexican state of Sonora.

We ordered two Sonora-style burritos and split them - the slow roasted beef and the lean pork in spicy Guajilla sauce. The Sonora style versions are supposed to be served with the meat of choice, and refried beans, guacamole, and Salsa Bandera (terms all of site below). Apparently, the avocados received that day were too hard and thus no guacamole. Instead, the cook agreed to just add more meat. Sweet. We also got an order of chips and salsa, as well as a 16 oz cup of homemade Tamarind each.

The chips were thick, fried well I guess but served cold. The regular salsa wasn't so good as they had pureed the tomatoes and pickled red onions to the point where it was just blah. The spicy tomatillo salsa verde was much better, although nothing awe inspiring (it did make my Tamarind disappear a lot faster).

The Tamarind drink was great, albeit quite sugary. Joypirate and I agreed that they had to have added more sugar, as it was much sweeter than your typical bottled Tamarind (ie at Tacos Lupita).

The burritos. They arrived wrapped fairly tightly, covered by foil. We had them cut them in half for us so we could each try a 1/2 of both types. Upon digging in, we immediately noticed that there were no beans in either of the burritos. Just meat and a bit of salsa. Once I took a few bites of the pork one, I wasn't complaining. That's some tasty swine. And lots of it. We both added a bit of the verde salsa and the combination of that with the spicy Guajilla sauce was deliciously tingly and spicy. The stewed meat burrito was served the same way. The meat was very tender, but somewhat bland and had large deposits of fat. And I like fat. But the meat was bland enough we both agreed it would have benefited form further cooking to render more of that fat.

Anyway, total was $18 and change for the meal. I'll go back. The fact that they turned away the avocados is enough to go back; too few Latin establishments in town make real guacamole relying on that gross paste instead.

Dax

Link: http://www.sonoramexicangrill.com/

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