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Mexican Roundup - So. Fairfield and No. Westchester Cos

adamclyde | Dec 20, 2002 10:33 AM

OK - a post just below this one prompted me to start this: I'd like to get responses from fellow Lower Fairfield County/Northern Westchester County folks to collectively put together a directory of good Mexican. Being a Calif. transplant, I'm always in search of something that resembles authenticity in mexican food. So, here are my two cents about places I've been to - please, please, please, if you have any intel on good Mexican places anywhere from Port Chester to Norwalk, by all means let us know.

This is a long post, in two parts - first are my biased comments on places I've been to. Second is a list of other places I'd love to hear some feedback from all of you. Here we go.

Places I've been to:

* Casa Villa - Stamford - West Main - across from KFC
This one is my favorite - but only go for the tacos. It's a small, unassuming joint next to a laundry mat and convenience store (across the street and down a bit from KFC). They recently changed their name from Fabi's. They sell great tacos. Their al pastor and pork are their best, beef is a close second. Chicken taco was also good, but their chorizo taco was disappointing. They also sell other non-Mexican items like pizza and plantain chips, but stick to the tacos and you'll be fine. Since they've changed their name, I've noticed the quality slip a little. Hopefully it is only temporary.

* Ole Mole - Stamford - Highridge (across from Borders)
Typical take-out mexican. Tastes good, but very american. Nevertheless, it satisfies when the taste buds are in need of a mexican fix. However, I have to believe there are better places out there.

* Tacos Guadalajara - Stamford - Atlantic St.
Looks like a true taco joint, but the final product was disappointing. Better off going to Ole Mole or Casa Villa.

* Viva Mexico Restaurant - Stamford - Summer St.
Good tasting, rather authentic mexican at great prices (like all mexican should be). However, I passed by there recently and saw it had closed. Does anyone know if they are relocating, or closing permanently? Too bad if so.

* Fonda La Paloma - Post Road, Cos Cob/Greenwich
This was pretty good, casual, sit down mexican fare. I would rate it average. Unfortunately, it's been a while since I've been there and don't have an update. Anyone have comments?

* Boxcar Cantina - Greenwich
Not worth a penny, in my opinion. Supposed to be Tex-Mex, which I'm biased against, anyhow, but even for tex-mex, it was terribly unauthentic, overpriced and unappetizing.

* El Tio - Port Chester
Being my first venture into PC for mexican, I was very much looking forward to some good Mexican food. Coyote Flaco was closed, so we went to El Tio. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed. The enchiladas were mediocre and suffered from being drenched in a mole sauce rather than any sauce more appropriate for enchiladas. I've only eaten there once, so, please, comments from people who have sampled more of their food are very welcome.

OK, these are the places I'd like to hear more about. some have been discussed on this board, but now we can discuss them in relation to one another:

- Coyote Flaco - Port Chester (frequently mentioned on this board - is it justified? Authentic?)
- Mary Ann's - Port Chester
- El Festejo - Port Chester
- Hugo's - Stamford
- La Hacienda - Stamford
- What about Norwalk - I've heard of a mexican grocer that sells killer tacos. Name? Feedback?

I'm looking forward to comments and good eating. Thanks.

- Adam

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