Boston >Food & Dining > Tacos El Charro
349 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA | Directions 0213042.322666 -71.106749
Mon - Sat, 11am - 11pm; Sun, 11am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain
Tacos el cheapo – Although I moved from Jamaica Plain's Jackson Square to the South End late last year, I still visit Tacos El Charro when I am in the mood for authentic Mexican food. The joint is located in a not so nice area of JP, but its worth the trip because of the quality of the food and the reasonable prices.
Be prepared for a small cramped one room restaurant, ..but you can be comforted knowing that you will be served the tastiest salsa and chips I have had in Boston...for free. Honestly, both are made on location and are served in unlimited portions. The salsa in particular is delicious (the addition of cilantro adds a lot)
For entrees, I would advise ordering a burrito. It will run you about seven bucks, but its huge so you won't feel jipped. I tried the mole and didn't particulary like it, but hey, thats me.
Staff is friendly and there is on street parking for non residents.
The atmosphere at this tiny Mexican storefront isn't impressive, but the food couldn't be more authentic. – In Short
The Boston area's Mexican ex-pats head to this nondescript JP restaurant for a true taste of home, including excellent soft tacos filled with beef tongue or pineapple-flavored pork. This is one of the few area restaurants that serve sopes, tiny fried masa tarts topped with meat, beans, lettuce and cheese. Tamales are authentically delicious--stuffed with chicken or pork and steamed fragrantly moist in dried cornhusks. Don't pass up the outstanding birria (goat stew), a savory blend of meat, chiles and spices.
Perfection... – Not only is the mariachi excellent, but the food is stellar and the most authentic I've had on the East Coast. This is a diamond in the rough - beware fine-diners, you are not walking into the darkened chic of Newbury Street's corner cousin Casa Romero. This is the land of real Mexican beer, real Mexican hot sauce (I mean HOT), real Mexican fare and the culture is there. Yes, you might wait a bit longer for the waitress to say hello, but you have plenty to do deciding on your meal, looking at the walls filled with memorabilia of Mariachi (I can only imagine are the photos of the family that owns the place), and listening to the music. This place is one of Boston's best kept secrets.
Long, long wait – I went to Tacos El Charro for the first and last time to place a take out order. 45 minutes later, still no food and no one there to tell us when the food will be done. Bad service and too long a wait. Maybe new management would help. Bad customer service
no-one even asked us if we wanted something to drink.
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