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Matamoros in Wheaton

Terrie H. | Feb 10, 2003 06:13 PM

Had a very good dinner at Matamoros ("TexMex and Latin Cuisine") on University Blvd. in Wheaton this weekend and wondered if anyone else had eaten here.

We had excellent guacamole, freshly made and chunky, and really great margaritas by the pitcher (a very large pitcher for about $18.50 - I think it filled 10 glasses) -- fresh lime juice, not sour mix.

The tamales were the best I've had in the area (though my experience with authentic tamales is sadly limited) - "hen" were available that night and they were very well flavored and the perfect texture (and only $1.50 each for a good-sized piece).

Two of our party ordered enchiladas or burritos de marisco and the seafood was absolutely fresh and plentiful (I am very picky about the freshness of seafood). I would actually order this myself on a future visit.

The least exciting choice was mine -- yuca con chicharon (I'm a chicharon-aholic). It was fine and the yuca was excellent, but the meat had a bit less flavor than I've had elsewhere.

The service was outstanding -- very friendly, helpful and the chef even said hello late in the evening and discussed his method for making his mole sauce with me (I am very interested in mole preparations). He is from El Salvador so I plan on focusing on that part of the menu when I next visit.

They even gave us a little glass of what he might have called a refresco or digestivo (I'm sorry, but those margaritas!) -- he showed me the mix and it was described as Orgeat (which I recognize as an ingredient in the old Mai Tai recipe). Anyone know what I was drinking??

I'd love to hear if any of you have eaten here and what you think.

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