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More places to enjoy Cinco de Mayo

By Devra First
Globe Staff / May 5, 2010

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More places to enjoy Cinco de Mayo

Seeking authentic, delicious Mexican fare to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Here are three more to try.

LA TAPATIA is a gem that happens to be located in Marlborough. If that’s convenient for you, you’re lucky. If not, keep it in mind for your journeys westward. Sit in a wooden booth painted with bright flowers and eat soulful pork-and-red-chili tamales, intensely savory barbacoa tacos, and refreshing shrimp tostadas. When the friendly waitress warns you the enchiladas verdes are spicy, she’s telling the truth. Get them if you enjoy a bit of heat; they’re excellent.

TAQUERIA EL AMIGO is located in a low-slung white building off the beaten track in Waltham, next to a biker bar. The people who run it are sweethearts, as well as fantastic cooks. A plate of four tacos filled with the likes of succulent beef cheeks and fatty-crunchy carnitas will run you five bucks. That’s not including the free basket of chips with fresh, piquant salsa that starts your meal.

TAQUERIA JALISCO serves excellent Mexican specialties with a side of loud Spanish love songs in East Boston. Tacos are very good, and the trio of salsas that accompanies them is wonderful. But it’s worth timing your next visit to the weekend, when they make pozole (pork and hominy stew), birria (a stew with chilies and beef that is a specialty of Jalisco), and menudo (tripe soup). End your meal with rich, creamy flan.