In a region where even proponents of Boston’s Mexican food scene tend to conclude that the cuisine is done better elsewhere, maybe 84pces can be forgiven for hyperventilating a little over Viva Mexican Grill and Tequileria.

“My husband and I thought the decor was wonderful, and the atmosphere was very comfortable and warm,” she says. One nicely balanced sweet ’n’ sour margarita with agave syrup later, the guacamole cart arrived. “They wheeled over the cart with an authentic molcajete, and made it tableside. It tasted marvelously fresh, and was mixed in the perfect proportions of avocado, salt, tomato, onion and cilantro. Served with warm tortilla chips.”

SMraz had a queso fundido starter with chorizo “that was REAL Oaxacan stringy cheese. No cheap yellow stuff or other cheese foods.” For mains, SMraz recommends the chicken mole enchiladas, the chiles rellenos, and the shrimp Veracruzano (shrimp in a tomato-and-olive sauce).

“Apparently, the chef owner of this restaurant is the same chef/owner of Jose’s on Sherman St. in Cambridge, which we hadn’t been to in ages but used to love. We think that this place has the potential to be as good as Jose’s but with an extended menu and some more interesting options,” says 84pces.

Viva Mexican Grill and Tequileria [MetroWest]
15 E. Plain Street, Wayland

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