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MEXICAN

Azteca’s Mexican Restaurant

4 Central Ave., Albany, 436-4795, www.my-azteca.com. This new 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.”

Chili’s Restaurant

60 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. 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. Takeout available. Serving 4-10 Tue, 11:30-10 Wed-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. $$

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, 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. 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, www.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. Check Web site for live-music schedule. 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 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-close Mon, Wed-Fri, 3-close Sat-Sun. Closed Tue. AE, MC, V. $$

Mexican Connection

41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466, www.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, www.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, www.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. Dine outdoors and enjoy the sunset with one of 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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