listing under “American.”
Main St., Lee, Mass., (413) 243-4300. Traditional and contemporary
Mexican cuisine features fresh fish, grilled items and lots
of vegetarian specialties. Creative daily specials. Mexican
beer, margaritas, wine and sangria. Takeout available; special
parties up to 35. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Wed-Sun, dinner
4:30-9 Wed-Sun. Open seven days beginning May 24. MC, V.
Wolf Road, Albany, 489-4664, www.chilis.com. Come in and
enjoy casual family dining at this Southwestern bar and
grill. Try the signature baby-back ribs, steaks, sizzling
fajitas and salads. Margarita bar. Catering and takeout
available. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat.
AE, D, MC, V. $$
Loco Mexican Café
Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855. An eccentric bistro where
the specialties include quesadillas, chilis rellenos, Tex-Mex
fare and many vegetarian items. Try the spinach-artichoke
burrito or the ancho-chipotle chicken. Full bar, gourmet
margaritas made with 100-percent blue agave, tequilas, beer
and wine. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Tue-Thu, 11:30-11
Fri, noon-11 Sat, 4:30-10 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations
suggested for large parties; reservations not accepted Fri-Sat
nights. AE, MC, V. $$
Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568. The real thing: True
Mexican cooking in downtown Albany. Try the cochinita pibil,
a popular pork roast made with orange juice and red onions.
Full bar. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat,
1-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$
Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580. Authentic Mexican and Spanish
dishes, including paella and pollo San Marco. Full bar,
featuring over 45 top tequilas. Takeout and on-premises
catering available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri,
1-11 Sat, 1-10 Sun. Parking across the street available
after 4 PM. AE, MC, V. $
Southwest Restaurant & Bar
Western Ave., Albany, 456-2837; 377 River St., Troy, 687-0737.
A chain restaurant with a Southwestern theme and even a
handy “How to Eat a Fajita” guide. The fajitas are a specialty,
as are items like Louisiana Cajun Skillet (chicken, shrimp
and sausage with Cajun-esque spices). Full bar. Serving
11 AM-midnight daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4116, www.garciasmexican.com.
The menu of Mexican items includes pollo fundido, fajitas,
burritos, enchiladas and chimichangas, as well as Tex-Mex
barbecued ribs. Full bar, catering and takeout available.
All-you-can-eat lunch buffet 11:30-1:30 Mon-Fri. Serving
11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, CB,
D, DC, MC, V. $
Main St., South Glens Falls, 761-0015, www.jakesroundup.com.
“Hippest, hottest, coolest, most groovenist place to be,”
is the slogan for this deluxe cowboy bar with outdoor fountain
dining. Dine in a French bistro or an Adirondack cabin.
Specializing in ethnic grandma comfort food. Serving lunch
11:30-3, dinner 3-10 Tues-Sat; noon-9 Sun-Mon seasonal.
Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout available.
AE, MC, V, local personal checks. $$
Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. Jockey Filiberto
Leon is proprietor of this traditional Mexican eatery that
the Saratogians voted “best mexican restaurant in Saratoga.”
Homemade salsa and cheese sauce are served complimentary
with tortilla chips; specializing in authentic fajitas,
quesadillas, flautas, chimichangas and tamales. Full bar,
on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4-9 Mon,
closed Tues. 4-9 Fri, 11-10 Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$
Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466, www.mexconx.com.
Try the burro grande or a California tostada, fajitas or
chimichangas. Full bar, more than 50 fine tequilas and many
Mexican beers. Catering and banquet facilities available.
Daily specials. Serving from 4 PM daily, closed Mon. Open
from Memorial Day to Labor Day seven days a week. Reservations
suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, www.mexrad.com. With a reputation
as one of New York City’s best Mexican restaurants, Mexican
Radio is now open at a location in Hudson. Features top-shelf
margaritas and home-style Mexican cooking with vegetarian
choices. Everything is made fresh daily. Serving lunch and
dinner daily 11:30-11. AE, MC, V. $$
Crescent Road, Clifton Park, 383-2930. Serving authentic
Mexican cuisine in a cozy setting. Featuring fajitas and
entrées like the pollo con fundido (two grilled chicken
breasts atop a bed of rice, peppers, onions and tomatoes,
topped with melted cheese); vegetarian specialties. Now
serving alcohol. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3,
dinner 3-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 12-11 Sat, 12-9 Sun. AE,
D, MC, V. $$
Route 9N, Lake Luzerne, 696-2820. A smokehouse barbeque
featuring ribs, pulled pork and steaks. Fresh Tex-Mex fare
of fajitas, quesadillas, tamales and more. Relaxed, friendly,
family atmosphere. Extensive beer selection. Open year-round.
Serving 4 PM-close Mon-Wed, noon-close Thu-Sun, late dinners
Fri-Sat. AE, DC, MC, V. $
Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-8550, www.sunsetcafe.com. Chef
James Koines blends his French restaurant experience with
Southwestern ingredients. Cassoulet, bourbon-marinated salmon
and unique pasta dishes are on the menu, as well as daily
specials. A pastry chef on-premises creates tasty desserts
such as strawberry truffle and chocolate soufflé. Special
children’s menu, too. Full bar, off-premises catering, takeout
available. Serving 11:30-10 daily. AE, MC, V, DC. $$$
Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass. (413) 528-2002.
Enjoy authentic Mexican fare—such as enchiladas, huevos
rancheros and a special mole—in a comfortable Berkshire
setting. Dine outdoors and enjoy the sunset with one of
many fine sipping tequilas. Full bar. Takeout available.
Off-premises catering. Brunch noon-4 Sat-Sun, dinner 5-10
daily, often later on weekends. AE, MC, V, local personal