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Marita's in New Brunswick: Pretty Bad

John Tracey | Sep 19, 200008:16 AM     7

Went to Marita's in New Brunswick last night, based partly on the recommendation of a post I read here. I'm not sure if it's always like this, but I doubt we'll go back.

The salsa had the texture of tomato paste. Seriously. Just as thick, and only a marginal improvement over the canned stuff.

The menu was very boring: tacos, grilled chicken, jalapeno poppers, cheese dip. I ordered "chicken con chipotle," but the sauce was way too sweet and I couldn't discern any chipotle flavor. It was your standard bad tex mex fare: two gloppy tortillas filled with chicken shredded into paste and doused with the too sweet sauce, and served on top of 18 pounds of bland, lukewarm rice. My wife ordered mango shrimp -- the gelatinous sauce was slathered over everything, including the rice. She ate the 5 shrimp and little more. We tried mini chimichangas for an appetizer and the pastry seemed, again, too sweet -- maybe it's me. The avocado cream sauce they were served with was edible, barely.

Even the margaritas were bad -- one too watery, one way too strong.

Ugh. Juanita's in Red Bank is better than this place, I think.

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