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Good Mexican Food FOUND (and right under my nose!?)


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Good Mexican Food FOUND (and right under my nose!?)

MB | Jun 13, 2005 10:46 AM

Okay, putting aside my personal politics about the “authenticity” of food…

Last week I stopped into Mass Ave Restaurant to grab a quite bite for breakfast. This place is a cash only greasy spoon (near the Plough and Stars) with the usual suspects and pricing that’s hard to resist. It had been nearly 2 years since my first visit, where I duked it out with the typical diner gut-bomb masquerading as sinfully delicious (and collosal) breakfast sandwich. But you know how these things go, once in a while you want to dance with the devil and when you lose, much time passes before you’re ready to have at it again. Needless to say, one morning last week I was ready to again tempt fate and along with the usual suspects I see that they have A RIDICULOUSLY GOOD-LOOKING Mexican menu. The woman I spoke with said that they introduced it about 8 months ago. (Wondering IIRC that the new owner whom I had met 2 years ago is Mexican/Mexican-American?)

Not a burrito in sight, folks! Great looking appetizers including ceviche, chile rellenos, some cheesy-chorico-sounds-like-a-quesadilla-but-isn’t kind of thing, and a salad of sliced avocado and hard cooked eggs on a bed of spinach. GREAT looking list of enchiladas, some tostadas I believe, and some wonderful looking entrees – well balanced with plenty of meat and seafood options. Entrees included dishes with salsa verde, moles, poblanos, cilantro, adobo, all the good stuff.

A friend and I stopped in for dinner on Saturday. Only one other customer at about 7:30pm. We ordered the nopalitos (pickled cactus) that was served on a layer of corn tortillas and covered in cheese, coming to the table in a big casserole dish. Darn this stuff was good. Oh, and did I mention, $3.95? Next was a house salad with avocado dressing ($3.50). It was billed as mixed greens but came out on a huge dish with nearly 1/2 a head of iceberg lettuce layered with paper thin slices of red tomatoes, green pepper and a bit of onion. Croutons seemed like toast cubes, but were seasoned. The avocado dressing was just delicious – light, flavorful – I’ve been dreaming about the stuff ever since.

There was some mix up with the entrees that we ordered – one never showed – which was just as well because there was plenty of food on the table. What did show up was the camarones al cilantro ($10) – 6 jumbo shrimp perfectly tender in a wonderful, rich cilantro sauce accompanied by the best refried beans ever (the magic ingredient most likely lard) and a pile of fluffy tomato-hued rice (do we call this stuff arroz amarillo anyway?)

My next visit will include the avocado and egg salad, the elusive enchiladas (we were hoping for chicken with salsa verde) and the fried fish dish served with the cilantro sauce. This is not fancy food, but it sure was good and I'm looking forward to trying more on the menu.

IIRC their hours are something like 7am - 10pm.

Mass Avenue Restaurant
906 Mass Ave, Cambridge
(617) 864-5301


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