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Angela's Kelly's diner and Moulton's at last

gourmaniac | Apr 25, 2008 06:22 AM

Had the opportunity to be in East Boston and Medford during the day this week and tried a few Chowhound favorites for the first time. I agree with the board consensus that Angela's is the best Mexican in town. For breakfast, I opted for a few appetizers including the seafood ceviche tostada, a taco al pastor and a gordita con chorizo (Total cost $11 +$4 tip).. Not a typical breakfast, but a fiesta or my palate nonetheless. The ceviche was shrimp dominated with fresh clean flavors complemented with fresh avocado. The al pastor was just OK and i might give the nod to Tacos Lupita on this one. The gordita was the best i've had: crispy shell around soft creamy masa, sprinkled with a good chorizo and sweet raw white onion. Good chile verde and red ancho sauces on the side. The friendly waitress gave me a taste of the justly famous mole. A slight bitter burnt taste at first but mellowing with each taste allowing the complexity of the spices to sing. She also introduced me to Dolores (the chef) seeing my unbridled glee in sampling her food. Kelly's diner has been noted here for the corned beef hash which is house-made and a good version. I ordered a side order to go ($2.99) and it was properly crisped and tasty but I would prefer a more pronounced corned beef flavor (i.e. a little bland). My platonic ideal for hash is probably more jewish deli than irish diner and the best I've had recently is Carnegie Deli in NYC. Moultons does an excellent fry job and they served top notch clams with very good fries and so-so onion rings ($14.95). It's nice having an option this good within the metro area when a trip to Cape Ann is not in the cards. Speaking of cards, the owner Bob is certainly one.

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