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MEXICAN

Amigos Cantina

42 Ferry St., Schuylerville, 695-9595, amigoscantina.net. Mexican with a Southwest flair. Specialties include sizzling fajitas, shrimp and spinach enchiladas, meat and vegetarian burritos, chimichangas, chili rellenos, quesadillas and tamales. Try the nachos, and for dessert, the homemade key lime pie and Mexican flan. Full bar includes a wide selection of tequilas. AE, MC, V, D, DC, debit. $$

Azteca’s Mexican Restaurant

4 Central Ave., Albany, 436-4795, my-azteca.com. This Mexican restaurant is right in the heart of Albany. Serving Mexican cuisine with a variety of house specials. Domestic and imported beers as well as wines. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Daily happy hour from 3:30-6. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 12-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Bombers Burrito Bar

See listing under “American.”

Cantina

430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5577. Owner Jeff Ames, a California transplant, brings a West Coast sense of materials and authenticity; former Le Cirque chef Joseph Cooper has crafted a scratch menu built on fresh ingredients. The quesadilla appetizer is wrapped in a house-made flour tortilla topped with squash blossoms, farm cheese and a tasty Mexican delicacy called huitlacoche; a poblano-and-tomato-filled tortilla is laced with tasty crema fresca. Full bar, wine list. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Sun, dinner 5-10 daily. AE, MC, V. $$

Chili’s Restaurant

60 Wolf Road, Albany, 489-4664, 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. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

El Loco Mexican Café

465 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 quesadilla or the ancho-chipotle chicken. Full bar with frozen, fruity and gourmet margaritas made with 100-percent blue agave tequilas, beer and wine. Gluten-free menu. Takeout available. Serving 4-10 Tue, 11:30-10 Wed-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 11:30-11 Sat, 4:30-10 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested for large parties; reservations not accepted Fri-Sat nights. AE, MC, V. $$

El Mariachi

144 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. $$

El Mariachi II

289 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. $$

El Mariachi III

2955 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 581-5901. Authentic cuisine from Mexico and Spain, including paella and pollo San Marco. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat, 1-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Esperanto

6 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. The eclectic menu boasts specialties from around the world. Look for the burritos, tacos, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern and vegetarian specialties as well as pizza and home-cooked snacks—including the well-known “Dough Boy.” Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon, 11:30-2 AM Tue-Wed, 11:30-3 AM Thu, 11:30-4 AM Fri-Sat. Sun 11:30-10 PM. MC, V. $

Fresno’s Southwest Restaurant & Bar

377 River St., Troy, 687-0737. A chain restaurant with a Southwestern theme and a handy “How to Eat a Fajita” guide. The fajitas are a specialty, but also offering special seasonal salads. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat, 9 AM-midnight Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Garcia’s

1614 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4116, 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. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Garcia’s Tacqueria

241 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 689-0626. Think Mexican sub shop. Mainly takeout, with limited seating. Delivery available. Serving 11-8 Mon-Fri, noon-9 Sat, noon to 8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Jake’s Round-Up

23 Main St., South Glens Falls, 761-0015, jakesroundup.com. “Hippest, hottest, coolest, most groovenist place to be” is the slogan for this deluxe cowboy bar with eclectic cozy atmosphere. Dine in a French bistro or an Adirondack cabin. Specializing in ethnic grandma comfort food. Serving lunch 11:30-3, dinner 3-10 Tue-Sat; noon-9 Sun. Open seven days a week after Memorial Day. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout available. AE, MC, V, local personal checks. $$

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant

405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, www.josemalones.com. In a colonial Mexican atmosphere, dine on traditional regional Mexican and Irish dishes. Seasonal menus include such dishes as seasoned chicken steamed in banana leaves, Oaxacan-style tamales, chilis rellenos and lamb stew. Many vegetarian items; children’s menu. Award-winning margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime. Large selection of tequilas and single-malt scotch. Full bar, takeout available. Serving 4-10 Tue, 11:30-10 Wed-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday & Monday for season. Bar open 11 PM-close. AE, MC, V. $$

Leon’s Mexican Restaurant

135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. Jockey Filiberto Leon is proprietor of this traditional Mexican eatery that Saratogians voted “best Mexican restaurant in Saratoga.” Homemade salsa served complimentary with tortilla chips; specializing in authentic fajitas, quesadillas, flautas, chimichangas and tamales. Check out our weekly specials. Full bar, on- premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4-close Mon, Wed-Fri, 3-close Sat-Sun. Closed Tue. AE, MC, V. $$

Mexican Connection

41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466, mexconx.com. Try the burrito grande or a California tostada, fajitas or chimichangas. Full bar, more than 80 fine tequilas and many Mexican beers. Takeout available. Catering and banquet facilities available. Daily specials. Serving 4-9 Sun-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Mexican Radio

537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, mexrad.com. With a reputation as one of New York City’s best Mexican restaurants, maintaining that at the location in Hudson. Features top-shelf margaritas and home-style Mexican cooking with an extensive vegetarian menu and a large selection of hot sauces. The banana-chocolate chimichanga is a house favorite. Everything is made fresh daily. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30-11 daily. AE, MC, V. $$

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

1536 Crescent Road, Clifton Park, 383-2930; 1343 Central Ave., Colonie, 482-3940. 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. Kids menu available. Now serving alcohol. Takeout available. Serving 11-9:30 Mon-Thu, noon-10 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Sunset Café

42 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-8550, sunsetcafe.org. Superb Southwestern cuisine and the area’s best margaritas, quesadillas, and a wood-smoker on-premises. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri-Sat, 4-9:30 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

Tortillas

138 Broadway, Rensselaer, 434-1080. Specializing in Mexican cuisine such as burritos, quesadillas and nachos, as well as burgers, gyros, wings, pulled pork, and Greek and Caesar salads. Free delivery, off-premises catering. Serving 11-8:30 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Xicohtencatl

50 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. Enjoy one of the many fine sipping tequilas. Full bar. Takeout available. Off-premises catering. Brunch 11:30-2 Sat-Sun, dinner Sun-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V. $$

 

 

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