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Mexican on Washington Ave

Jas. | Mar 24, 2003 09:01 PM

[we've moved this (terrific) posting from its previous location buried in another thread...The Chowhound Team]

>Has anyone found anything new and interesting to eat >lately?

Hells yeah. Finally got a chance to try another of the Mexican places down on Washington Avenue--Plaza Garibaldi this time. Excellent mole--probably the best I've had. I read a review once that said, "good mole but the filling was bland." That person has apparently never had real mexican food before--they ALWAYS put bland boiled chicken/turkey in their mole enchiladas. That's what the dish is. Chilaquiles verdes were great--spicy, textured just right with grilled beef strips on top. They're a dish you can't just let sit around, so you have to do it right. Flautas were good, they were flautas--they didn't make me sit up and take notice like the mole and the chilaquiles (I'd only had the red variety before), but they were good.

So now, my ranking is as follows: #1 tacos: Taqueria la Veracruzana, although my wife will disagree--she liked La Lupe more. I got sick the last time I ate there, but I don't know if it was actually related to the food, and I'd definitely go again. Go to TLV on Sunday and get the barbacoa. #1 mole: Plaza Garibaldi, with Las Cazuelas in a close second. And PG is, like all of those places, so freakin cheap that why should I go anywhere else?

Finally, I would like to say that Washington Avenue (and its near environs, e.g. Federal St) is this city's real restaurant row. Sure, I like the expensive places--my dinner at Lacroix was excellent, I'm still planning to go back to Django, LBF is in my future sometime; I think some Stephen Starr restaurants are fun--but for more frequent dining out, I'm headed to South Philly. Hell, if my neighborhood gets much more expensive, I might sell my house and move down there just to get closer to everything.

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