Tacolicious, Mission District, San Francisco

We have passed Tacolicious several times in the evenings and there is always an hour wait without reservations. We came back for lunch.

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Tacolicious sells tacos one for $3.95, four for $13 or ten for $31. We decided on four tacos, the fried local rock cod cabbage, tangy crema, the shot-and-a-beer braised chicken, the traditional carnitas and guajillo braised beef short rib. Our favorite was the short rib and fried cod tacos. Fresh, flavorful and tasty.

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We loved the complimentary chips and salsa and could eat those all day.

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El Pelon Taqueria, Fenway, Boston

92 Peterborough is the address of the original/new location of Fenway’s El Pelon Taqueria. I have been waiting incessantly for the reopening and there she is in all her splendor. After the Thorton’s fire, which set the rest of the restaurant block ablaze, El Pelon fans have had to seek refuge at the Brighton location. I am thrilled that El Pelon of Fenway is back in my life again.

Outdoor seating and shiny new windows

The new space is well lit, clean, more spacious than I recall it ever being. There are three small tables on the left and less than a dozen bar seats. Next to the menu board are photos of patrons in their El Pelon t-shirts from around the world. 

Little knick knack and Mexican souvenirs

El Pelon t-shirts for $12

My new stamp card (10 burritos and get one free) and a take out menu

The kitchen is definitely more spacious and El Pelon continues to play great spanish tunes.

$2.00 specials include tamale and horchata

Here’s the El Pelon feast of a bean and cheese burrito (labeled by B-Chz), an el guapo burrito and a side of plantains with fire roasted salsa.

The bean and cheese (B-Chz) goodness is heaven on earth. I love the combination of seasoned black beans, seasoned rice, melty and zesty jack cheese, lettuce, salsa and crema and a twist of lime, all for $4.50. This item brings back so many memories. I fought through my halfway mark, created a space in my stomach and heart for the second half and it was worth it.

The El Guapo is a pretty popular burrito. Nestled within the flour tortilla is tender steak, thick fried plantains, fire roasted salsa, seasoned rice, lettuce, seasoned black beans and melty jack cheese. El Guapo is hearty, meaty and has great flavors.

The thick cut, freshly fried plantains were served with lime and fire roasted salsa and were very filling. After eating a few of the starchy, satisfying plantains dipped in the lightly sweet and savory salsa, my stomach was happy.

I am so happy. Looking forward to remembering the old and making new memories with El Pelon Fenway. It is the same, but different in the best ways possible.El Pelón Taquería (Peterborough St) on Urbanspoon

Ole Mexican Grill Revisited, Cambridge

The last time we went to Ole Mexican, was in a huge group and we tried margaritas, desserts and a tequila flight. So it was timely that we returned to Ole Mexican for proper meal with appetizers and entrees. Inman Square is somewhat of a trek, but since the previous visit was a good preview we wanted to come back.

The parking lot next to the restaurant was completely full, so we needed to circle the lot for approximately 15 minutes for a patron to exit. Fortunately, we eventually got a spot. The parking cost us $4.00 and was the most frustrating aspect of our dinner meal.

The restaurant was pretty busy on a Wednesday evening. I am glad we made reservations in advance.

Various Mexican tapestries and colorful decor

Although we didn’t order the fresh, made to order guacamole, it looked really tempting. Almost every table around us ordered the guacamole. The chips and salsa were very fresh. The salsa had a tomato pepper flavor and the chips were warm and crispy.

I ordered the chile relleno con queso, a fresh farmer cheese stuffed in poblano pepper with ranchera salsa, cotija cheese, epazote and parsley and a side fresh corn tortillas for $10. I thought the dish was pretty lackluster, but maybe it is because I am too accustomed to the breaded, fried pepper with oozing cheese. There wasn’t much flavor, spicy or seasoning, so for me it was as if I ate a plain roasted pepper with a little dusting of cheese on the inside.

The Elote con Chili, street vendor style corn with crema, chile-lime salt was $5. There was a wonderfully excessive amount of mayonnaise and cheese enrobing the corn. I liked how the corn was on a skewer, a smart way to serve elote.

The tacos de pescado, beer battered haddock, handmade corn tortilla, cabbage slaw, cilantro pesto, chipolte mayo and black sesame seeds was a hit for $9. It had a crispy, fluffy batter and the slaw was fresh and crisp. I really liked the pesto and mayo combination. If I am ever in Inman again, I would stop by for the fish taco.

Our server forgot the shrimp tacos we ordered and so we put in a order of fish tacos instead.

The Quesadilla Mexicana was the best serendipitous addition to my Mexican dish repertoire. I ordered this app on whim because of the description, a Mexico City style quesadilla, corn masa pockets, stuffed with poblano peppers, on black beans, crema and grated cotija cheese for $8. The corn pocket was warm and crispy, like an arepa. The bean, cheese and pepper filling was so zesty and gooey. I wish my supermarket or Trader Joe’s would have a version of this in the freezer section so I could have them right now.

The scallops al ajillo, sea scallops sauteed in olive oil, chile aribol, roasted garlic, served with homemade tortillas  was too salty and nothing memorable $10. We wouldn’t try this again.

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Fajitas and ‘Ritas, Downtown Crossing, Boston

I have been to Fajitas and ‘Ritas a few times for after work margaritas, as well as for burritos and fajitas. The fresh chips and salsa are complimentary and if I could get away with sitting at the bar, munching on chips and a margarita, I would. Located near the Common and Downtown Crossing, the restaurant is convenient for Emerson and Suffolk students, as well as the after work crowd.

Colorful painted wallsRaspberry on the rocks and frozen mango margaritas $5-$6 (A Liter is $14-$15)
Lively mural paintings

The restaurant was quite packed and lively. The bartenders are very attentive and the drinks themselves have a lot of variety in flavors and are well priced. The previous times I have eaten at Fajitas and ‘Ritas, I felt the servings were generous and good.Fajitas & 'Ritas on Urbanspoon