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Margarita's Nashua (a NE chain)

applehome | Aug 19, 2003 12:23 AM

We decided to try and find the Mexican place that my wife’s fellow southwesterner friend had mentioned. We enjoy Mexican family run places – whether authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex – we don’t enjoy pasteurized, homogenized, test-kitchened-to-death, americanized chains like On The Border. We think La Carreta is about as good as it gets in the area, but this friend said that there was a place in downtown Nashua that was better. Not being able to contact her, we found two possibilities in the books – the Taqueria El Mexicano, and Shorty’s Road House. The map on Verizon’s shows Shorty’s as being close to the Taqueria, so off we went.

The Taqueria was closed (Monday night, should’ve known better). We drove around looking for Shorty’s, but could only see Margaritas’s in the area, so we decided to try that.

Should’ve walked out as soon as we saw it was a slick chain (no mom and pop here). Should’ve walked out right after looking at the menu and not seeing a single tamale or carne asada or chuletas de puerco abobados or something… anything, with mole. Shoulda drove down to La Carreta and had another great meal. But no, we were hungry and that made us stupid.

Well… the food was mediocre, (fajitas, burritos, chile rellenos… standard pasteurized and homogenized fare), except for one incredible thing. The queso fundido with chorizo was fantastic. Melted queso surrounded by a really tasty salsa verde – lots of tomatillos, and the chorizo was so good.

The rest of the meal isn’t worth mentioning. The service would have been good, except they either didn’t enter the appetizer or dropped it, so it came out very late. But I don’t hold that against them. Mediocre food, on the other hand, is a terrible waste. Fundamentally, the problem is that it’s a chain (NH and Maine mostly) - it’s got a nice location and a big bar. I wish them the best, but it just ain’t authentic anything, and it’s at best mediocre non-authentic anything.

Oh… I got back and looked up Shorty’s. It turns out that it’s all the way over by the Nashua Mall off Rt 3. Their map showed the Margarita's location for Shorty's. So much for trusting Verizon for maps. I barely trust them for dial tone – shoulda known better.

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