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Broward and Palm Beach Mexican -- Dona Raquel!

Marty L. | Oct 19, 200408:29 AM

Was in Boynton Beach for the weekend and decided to check out the consensus Florida-Board favorites for Mexican in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Tacos al Carbon on Lake Worth and Military was ok, but nothing special. I tried the lengua and carnitas tacos and my son had the nachos (which were essentially chips covered in cheez whiz). Horchata "water" from a mix. Nothing terrible, but nothing memorable, or worth the calories, either (like most things in Palm Beach County, I'm afraid). All in all, I've had better meals at Montezuma and at El Paso Taco (is that the name of the place up at Military and Southern?) -- but neither was recently, so I can't fairly compare them. Certainly there was more of a chowish *feel* to TaC, and everyone there appeared to be regulars. But no magic on this day. Bad luck, perhaps. (Flavrmeister, they did not serve goat tacos, despite your post raving about them! Is there a secret handshake or something that permits one in the inner circle for cabrito?) I'll try it again next time I'm in the area (although I hope that my destination spot will be Havana on Dixie, which I've yet to try).

Maybe it was just a case of an unfair comparison, because the previous evening we ate at Taqueria Dona Raquel down in Pompano. Wow! We were on our way to finally try Sunfish Grill, but of course I had to at least drive by and peer into TDR. Of course, as many of you already know, it's well-nigh impossible to peer into TDR without being lured in. So we decided to take a shot -- besides which we would save a couple of hours and about $100.

This was the best food I've had in Florida. The cabeza and cueritos tacos were fab, and the chilaquiles were absolutely everything koppelman had touted -- they even conjured up that perfect matzah brie! The service was really quite delightful, and very patient with my wife's high-school Spanish and my utter lack of facility with the language. There were so many things on the board that sounded not-to-be-missed -- but we'll have to come back in order to try most of them. We stuffed ourselves silly for well under $30.

NOTE: Virtually every Mexican patron in the place -- that is to say, everyone but us -- ordered the Shrimp Cocktail-like concoction.

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