This pre-historic Mexican cuisine restaurant is located at the Powderhouse Rotary, within walking distance from the Tufts campus. It is a great restaurant if you want to celebrate a special occasion. The staff is very friendly and the menu is composed of family recipes spanning over 100 years (100% Mexican). The small yet beautifully decorated location provides an inviting, comfortable and quaint atmosphere. The entrees are around $12-18; the unique menu and atmosphere offered certainly make the price worth it.
Unique menu options include: plantain turnovers with cheese, tacos stuffed with grasshoppers (see picture; if they are in season and you are feeling adventurous), tamales (made with chicken, corn, coconut, fish, pork and even vegetarian ones with an assortment of vegetables). The mole sauces on the chicken Mole Colorado Tlaxcalteca dish and vegetarian green mole Nopales dish are complex, sensational and definitely worth trying. (If you’re interested in learning more about grasshoppers and other insects as a protein source, refer to the New Yorker article, “Grub: Eating Insects to Save the Planet”.)
There is a variety of vegetarian options such as chopped chayote squash in pipian (a squash-like vegetable) made of pumpkin seeds, peanuts, cilantro, herbs and guajillo peppers. Other healthy vegetarian dishes include the spinach and potatoes in garlic butter and the cactus paddles in tomatillo sauce (delicious!). Plus, make sure to try their fresh lemonade and Hibiscus water that are particularly delightful.
You won’t find these authentic Mexican dishes with cactus paddles, cilantro dressing, grasshoppers and frog legs at other Mexican restaurants, so make sure you give it a try!
By: Johanna Andrews
Editor: Elisha Sum