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,
listing under “American.”
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,
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
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. $$
Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568. The real thing: true
Mexican cooking in downtown Albany. Try the cochinita pibil,
a popular pork roast made with orange juice and red onions.
Full bar. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat,
1-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$
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. $$
Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 581-5901. Authentic cuisine from
Mexico and Spain, including paella and pollo San Marco.
Full bar, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving
11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat, 1-10 Sun. AE,
MC, V. $$
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. $
Southwest Restaurant & Bar
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. $$
Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4116, www.garciasmexican.com.
The menu of Mexican items includes pollo fundido, fajitas,
burritos, enchiladas and chimichangas, as well as Tex-Mex
barbecued ribs. Full bar, catering and takeout available.
Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
Delaware Ave., Delmar, 689-0626. Think Mexican sub shop.
Mainly takeout, with limited seating. Delivery available.
Serving 11-8 Mon-Fri, noon-9 Sat, noon to 8 Sun. AE, D,
MC, V. $
Main St., South Glens Falls, 761-0015, www.jakesroundup.com.
“Hippest, hottest, coolest, most groovenist place to be,”
is the slogan for this deluxe cowboy bar with eclectic cozy
atmosphere. Dine in a French bistro or an Adirondack cabin.
Specializing in ethnic grandma comfort food. Serving lunch
11:30-3, dinner 3-10 Tue-Sat; noon-9 Sun. Open seven days
a week after Memorial Day. Full bar, on- and off-premises
catering, takeout available. AE, MC, V, local personal checks.
Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant
River St., Troy, 273-2196, www.josemalones.com. In a colonial
Mexican atmosphere, dine on traditional regional Mexican
and Irish dishes. Seasonal menus include such dishes as
seasoned chicken steamed in banana leaves, Oaxacan-style
tamales, chilis rellenos and lamb stew. Many vegetarian
items; children’s menu. Award-winning margaritas made with
fresh-squeezed lime. Large selection of tequilas and single-malt
scotch. Check Web site for live-music schedule. Full bar,
takeout available. Serving 4-10 Tue, 11:30-10 Wed-Thu, 11:30-11
Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday & Monday for season. Bar open
11 PM-close. AE, MC, V. $$
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. $$
Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466, www.mexconx.com.
Try the burrito grande or a California tostada, fajitas
or chimichangas. Full bar, more than 80 fine tequilas and
many Mexican beers. Takeout available. Catering and banquet
facilities available. Daily specials. Serving 4-9 Sun-Thu,
4-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, www.mexrad.com. With a reputation
as one of New York City’s best Mexican restaurants, maintaining
that at the location in Hudson. Features top-shelf margaritas
and home-style Mexican cooking with an extensive vegetarian
menu and a large selection of hot sauces. The banana-chocolate
chimichanga is a house favorite. Everything is made fresh
daily. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30-11 daily. AE, MC,
Crescent Road, Clifton Park, 383-2930; 1343 Central Ave.,
Colonie, 482-3940. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine in
a cozy setting. Featuring fajitas and entrées like the pollo
con fundido (two grilled chicken breasts atop a bed of rice,
peppers, onions and tomatoes, topped with melted cheese);
vegetarian specialties. Kids menu available. Now serving
alcohol. Takeout available. Serving 11-9:30 Mon-Thu, noon-10
Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$
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. $$$
Broadway, Rensselaer, 434-1080. Specializing in Mexican
cuisine such as burritos, quesadillas and nachos, as well
as burgers, gyros, wings, pulled pork, and Greek and Caesar
salads. Free delivery, off-premises catering. Serving 11-8:30
Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $
Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass. (413) 528-2002.
Enjoy authentic Mexican fare—such as enchiladas, huevos
rancheros and a special mole—in a comfortable Berkshire
setting. Dine outdoors and enjoy the sunset with one of
many fine sipping tequilas. Full bar. Takeout available.
Off-premises catering. Brunch 11:30-2 Sat-Sun, dinner Sun-Thu
5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V. $$