86 Main St, Gloucester, MA | Directions 0193042.612502 -70.664497
Authentic Mexican food in Fishtown, Mass – I've always been a fan of Jalapenos but heard the hype that this isn't "real" Mexican from some and then I'd hear the complete opposite from others--saying it's the most authentic Mexican around.
I have never lived in LA and I rarely surf, but I'm here to offer my two cents. After finally getting down to central Mexico I can finally attest that Jalapeno's is real deal. The problem may be that it's too authentic for some -- I mean, you'll be hard pressed to find any sour cream on the menu and if you want guac on your tacos you're out of luck.
After eating in a five-star Mexican restaurant in Mexico City that served similar fare, I can tell you that Jalapenos would stand up pretty well. It wasn't head-to-head, but it would have come in maybe a star or a half a star short.
I've sampled a few thing off the menu and can suggest the chili rellenos and chicken margarita as being fantastic. Other favorites are the ceviche app, the tortilla soup, the pozole, and the cactus salad (I think that's what it's called... get the one with spinach, cactus and avocado. The dressing is incredible!).
The drinks are also great (mango margarita -- yum!) and the staff is great. One of the two owners is always there and always makes the extra effort to ensure that people enjoy their meals. I don't imagine they'd be all that welcoming to those doing a pub crawl, but that's mostly because it's a family restaurant that typically has a few kids running through the bar area as they wait for a table.
It can get a little pricey for Mexican, but this is sit-down, not a Taqueria. For a sit-down place the prices are pretty moderate; I don't think you'll pay over $18 for an entree and most hover around the $12 mark.
Good people, good food and a fun and relaxed environment. I suppose you can argue that it's not the kind of food you'd get in Tijuana, but I think it's worth the trip anyway.
Philly – This is anything you want it to be Fabulous Mexican as well as Fresh catch of the day! Outstanding-Beef Natchos are a must!!
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