1294 Beacon St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.342551 -71.120259
Neighborhoods: North Brookline
Beats Anna's anyday – This Brookline staple is the place to get quality Mexican food at a value price. All of the orders are taken by an extremely friendly and efficient staff and are made to your specifications - no beans, extra beans, extra habanero just let your preparer know and they will be happy to oblige. My personal favorite is the carne asado burrito grande which comes fully loaded. For picky burrito eaters, you can't beat the quality and taste of the meat used for this tasty concoction. Another delectable treat here are the carnitas tacos. I highly recommend this over Ana's by virtue of the quality of the meat and authenticity in taste. Just a precaution on the horchatas - if you like yours creamy and rich like me, I would pass.
Popular local chain specializes in fresh, affordable Mexican food. – The Scene
Hundreds of area office workers and residents call this bright, happy restaurant their second home. During the lunch and dinner hours, tables can be hard to come by, so many patrons take their tacos and quesadillas to go. Speedy counter service ensures that diners get what they want--and fast.
The kitchen's "time-honored recipes" yield authentic, smoky tamales and hefty burritos filled with tender marinated chicken and steak. Every item on the menu is made daily using fresh ingredients, making Boca Grande a huge step above Taco Bell. An order of enchiladas--fresh corn tortillas filled with cheese and a choice of grilled chicken, pork, steak or vegetables plus refried beans and rice--is truly a meal in itself. Best of all, everything on the menu costs less than $4, including a huge basket of crunchy tortilla chips with freshly mashed guacamole.
If you love fat, grizzle and hunting for your meat - it's Boca Grande!!! – This place has the worst burritos I have ever ad. I tried them 4 times because I love Mexican food and it's hard to find in Boston (well.... good Mexican anyway). I tried the carnitas, beef (2x) and chicken. Every time I was amazed at the lack of meat and the meat that was there usually had a huge chunk of fat or grizzle hanging from it. Just low quality food... and not cheap. AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS!!! The lady that owns this chain has a brother that owns Anna's Taqueria...(who she does not spek to) and I have to say I have never been disappointed by them... not the best I ever had, but probably the best in Boston. She should put her differences aside and get some cooking lessons from her bro.
Best Taqueria in Boston... if you know your mexican food. – Being originally from San Francisco, I am very easily disappointed with the food that I find over here in Boston. And might I add that I love food... and I am usually not picky. I've been to Anna's Taqueria where I find the food and service to be the worst ever when going to a taqueria. However, in finally going to Boca Grande, I've found mexican food good enough to be compared to that of the taquerias from back home.
Just as I have discovered at Boca Grande, it is expected that all taquerias:
1) Have reasonable prices
2) Serve mexican sodas and other traditional drinks (my favorite is horchata)
3) Expect to put every indgredient on your order (you shouldn't be telling the worker what to put, you should be telling them what NOT to put)
... AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...
You should have to hold the burrito in two hands, noting its size, which makes it a mess to eat and will actually fill you.
All I really have to say is that Boca Grande is a taqueria with great food and service.
Surprisingly good. – My husband and I had heard raves about another taqueria in the area and were really disappointed with it. We tried Boca next and were pleasantly surprised. You could actually see the real meat being grilled and used on the burrittos as opposed to mystery meat being scooped out of a bin. The steak burrito was very tasty. Even if the burritos cost 50 cents more than some others, they are most definately worth it!
Avoid it... – I waited in line for 20 minutes to for, literally, a small strip of cheese, some generally unflavored rice, a few pinto beans straight out of the Goya can, and a splash of hot sauce which supposedly qualified as a Burito Grande! What with the line out the door, even at off peak hours, I thought it was going to be good. Oh, how wrong I was. I mean, Boston isn't exactly the Mexican food capital of the world, but I figured that people would surely know enough to avoid a place like this. I miss Chicago. Boston has a few places that are moderately to fairly good, but this place is worse than Taco Bell. It was realtively cheap food, but you could make THAT burito for under fifty cents, easy.
This place is great! – People complain about being rushed through the line, ingredients being put on before you say anything, but that's how the Mexican restaurants all are in Texas and California! Speak up quickly, and get over it. Now, as for the food, it's awesome. I think people getting Mexican food in Boston assume that it can't be good just because it's in New England. I don't have to qualify this place and say "it's good for New England." This place has some of the best Mexican food I've ever tasted!! And I've lived in both CA and TX. I love their totally fresh guac (squashed avocado with some spices), and their Colorado chicken is delicious.
It's OK – I've tried the tamales, and wouldn't recommend them as they are dry and tasteless. The grilled chicken tacos and burritos are good, and I agree with the other recommendations that they are far better than Anna's. Besides that, the service is very poor. Even if the place isn't crowded, you are rushed through your order and sometimes they'll already be throwing in ingredients that you had hoped to leave out. Then you go the cashier, who is always glowering at her post and is not helpful or patient whatsoever.
More satisfying that Anna's – With well-know Anna's just down the street, Boca Grande has to give something better to get the customers, and I think it does. The menu is far more inclusive than just burritos, with most of the favorites you would expect. And while it doesn't quite remind me of being back in San Antonio, it's very fresh and satisfying. Burritos are better than Anna's, too. The grilled steak tastes like it really is grilled, which I can't say about lots of places in Boston. Glad I live close by!
good food cheap – very nice tex mex, often overlooked for ana's taqueria, at the expense of more seating, cleaner surroundings, better parking and fresher and cleaner food. My only complaint is no credit cards accepted (no credit cards at ana's either though).
The decor is comfortable, the service is quick, and they have perhaps the best enchiladas and quesedillas in boston, especially for 4 dollars a platter w/o guac and sour creme. Ample seating, and the tables are cleaned frequently, making it a good place to sit and eat, as well as a great take out joint.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Boca Grande Restaurant on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.