We went out to eat with a friend a few nights ago. We all like true Mexican cuisine, (as opposed to New Mexican food, which is different), so we decided to go to a relatively new find of ours called Taqueria Mexico.
You can never go wrong at this place. The food is prepared fresh with the kitchen adjacent to the dining area so you can actually see the food prep. I have always seen this as a plus, when you can see them making your food right before your eyes. To me it’s not only intriguing, but show’s there is nothing to hide. I have had a guest actually complain in a review online that the kitchen at our Albuquerque bed and breakfast was right in the dining area. Most all the rest of our guests LOVE it. Chatting with the chef over the counter as they prepare a meal is a plus in my book.
Taqueria Mexico has been in it’s location (415 Lomas NE), just on the edge of downtown for more than 10 years, but it is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall and we had overlooked it until a friend brought it to our attention. Now it is one of our favorite places to eat. It’s a very small building that may have been a Tasty Freeze or something like it in the past. Because the dining area is very small, (just eight tables and a few stools at a counter), they also do a tremendous take-out business. I prefer to dine in so I go at off hours. They are open Monday through Saturday, 7am to 7pm.
It is a family run business and it shows. Great care is taken to make the food not only taste great, but look great too. The service is perfect. The menu is extensive with something for everyone. They do cater to the New Mexican population by offering “red and green chili” sauce, but I like the more traditional crema and/or the Mexican style salsas most of the time. They also serve true “Mexican” Coca Cola, which is different than it’s American counterpart, (it’s made with real cane sugar). Other drinks from Mexico are available as well.
The tacos are traditional soft corn tortillas, doubled up to hold in the huge amount of food in them. Carnitas (seasoned diced and fried pork tidbits), Asada (like carnitas, but grilled beef), lengua (tongue), barbacoa, (Mexican BBQ), camerones (shrimp)…you name it, they have it. I decided to try one of their burritos on this trip, (pictured) and I went for the California burrito because I didn’t want the sides. It was filled with mostly Carne Asada, some beans and some rice, but MOSTLY meat and slathered with cheese and fresh guacamole. Awesome. In true NM style I ordered with red AND green. When it was delivered I was awestruck. It is very “sharable” to say the least about it’s size, and half of it fed myself with some for my husband and half went home for lunch the next day. A real two-fer.
Another favorite of mine is the Asada Torta (sandwich). It includes lots of diced, grilled beef with lettuce, tomato, and a special avocado sauce of unknown ingredients (somewhat like guacamole) that is really special. I also love their Caldo de Cameron..a shrimp & veggie tomato based soup/stew spiced up perfect.
I will keep going back to Taqueria Mexico in Albuquerque until I have tried everything on the menu, and that should take many years. Then I will start all over from the top. I have never had a guest NOT like this restaurant. That’s saying a lot. You should try it out.
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