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Malena's Mexican (Tampa)

andy huse | Jan 16, 200809:17 AM

Off Fletcher near USF, Malena's was rec'd by a local blog, Eating Tampa. Since I work at USF, I really wanted to like it. I thought this place was lousy. I knew something was amiss when I tried the beans---- watery, no flavor. There wasn't much flavor to be found anywhere. Rice was blah. The enchiladas had very little actual chicken inside, with the red sauce dried onto the tortillas with little flavor. The green sauce was much more flavorful, but still didn't touch taconazo's. The tamale with green sauce was decent, but with red it tasted only of corn. My companions had ho-hum quesedillas (with very little actual cheese) and my normally ravenous friend left most of his fajita plate untouched. The meat was dried out and the sides totally forgettable. Malena's may pass in north Tampa, but I won't go back. It wasn't gross, it was just totally uninspired. Taconazo is still the best bet, especially with some recent improvements under the new owner.

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