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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. Serving 4:30-9:30 Tue-Thu, Sun; 4:30-10:30 Fri and Sat. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V, debit. $$

Badass Burrito

443 5th Ave., Troy, 237-1177, badass burrito.com. Fresh food fast, not fast food. Homemade Southwestern food served in cantina setting. Choose from beef, pulled pork, shredded roasted chicken, beer-battered fish, blackened fish, roasted vegetables or grilled tofu. Off-premises catering and takeout. Serving 11-9 Tue-Sat. D, MC, V. $

Bombers Burrito Bar

See listing under “American.”

Bros. Tacos

319 Ontario St., Albany, 935-1096, 935-1098, brostacosblog.com. Tucked in a tiny corner store, this place puts out a creative variety of burritos, quesadillas, burgers and, yes, tacos, but featuring the much tastier soft variety. Try the citrus-marinated pork taco, the baja taco, homemade chorizo and habanero papaya salsa. Named Best Tacos in Metroland’s Best of 2009. Catering and takeout available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sat, 1-8 Sun. D, MC, V. $

Cantina

430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5577. Owner Jeff Ames, a California transplant, brings a West Coast sense of materials and authenticity; Chef Michael Jackson has crafted a scratch menu built on fresh ingredients. The quesadilla appetizer is wrapped in a house-made flour tortilla with 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. Open 11:30 AM every day. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Chili’s Restaurant

60 Wolf Road, Colonie, 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. Online ordering and takeout available. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Destino

112 Hudson Ave.,Chatham, 392-6663. Don’t get too distracted by the great margaritas you can sip at your table and the bar—the menu here features the expected Mexican items along with a killer mole (the seed-based sauce, not talpid or blemish), delicious fried plantains and even burgers and pizza. Full bar. Open 5-9 Mon-Thu; Tuesday night is Italian night. 5-9:30 Fri-Sat; Sunday American-style brunch 11-3, dinner 3-8. MC, D, V. $$

El Loco Mexican Café

465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855, ellocomexicancafe.com. An eccentric bistro where the specialties include quesadillas, chilis rellenos, Tex-Mex fare and many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items. Try the spinach-artichoke quesadilla or the ancho-chipotle chicken. New, expanded menu. Full bar with frozen, fruity and gourmet margaritas made with 100-percent blue agave tequilas; new pitchers available. Beer and wine. Takeout available as well as seating in the outdoor patio. Serving 4-9:30 Tue, 11:30-9:30 Wed-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri, noon-10:30 Sat, 4-9:30 Sun. Closed Monday. Reservations suggested for large parties; reservations not accepted Fri-Sat nights. AE, MC, V. $$

El Mariachi

144 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568, elmariachisrestaurant.com. 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. Closed Sunday. AE, MC, V. $$

El Mariachi II

289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580, elmariachisrestaurant.com. 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, 1-9 Sun. Parking across the street available after 4 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$

El Mariachi III

2955 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 581-5901, elmariachisrestaurant.com. 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, 3-9 Sun. AE, D, 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, 11:30-10 PM Sun. MC, V. $

Jake’s Roadhouse

23 Main St., South Glens Falls, 636-5090, jakesroad.com. The former home of Jake’s Roundup, the Roadhouse is under new ownership, with an updated menu and atmosphere. Serving classic American comfort food with a flair, such as blackened catfish, beer-battered fish and chips, and homemade baked beans. Full bar. Available for group events. Serving dinner 4-9 Sun, Tue-Thu; 4-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant

405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, josema lones.com. In a colonial Mexican atmosphere, dine on innovative Mexican-inspired cuisine. Daily and weekly specials such as seasoned chicken steamed in banana leaves, Hangar steak in chimichurri sauce and blue-corn encrusted catfish tacos. Many vegetarian items; children’s menu. Homemade tortillas. Margaritas with fresh-squeezed lime won Metroland’s Best Of award. Large selection of tequilas and single-malt scotch. Full bar, takeout available. Tex-Mex and tequila Tuesdays, tapas and featured wine Wed. Serving 4-close Tue-Thu. Serving 4-10 Fri and Sat, bar open late. Closed Sun-Mon. 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.” Complimentary homemade salsa served 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, D. $$

Mexican Connection

41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466, mexconx.com. Try the burrito grande, the California tostada, fajitas or chimichangas. Full bar, more than 100 fine tequilas and many Mexican beers. Takeout available. Catering and banquet facilities. Daily specials. Serving from 4 PM Mon-Fri; 11:30 AM Sat-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Mexican Radio

537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, mexrad.com. Voted Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Margaritas and Best Restaurant in Columbia County. Mexican Radio features homemade dishes made fresh daily. Extensive vegetarian and vegan choices. Available for parties. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30-11. 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 fundido (two grilled chicken breasts atop a bed of rice, peppers, onions and tomatoes, topped with melted cheese); vegetarian specialties. Kids menu available. Full Bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Salsa Latina

315 Central Ave., Albany, 426-7050. misalsalatina.com. Traditional Mexican fare—burritos, enchiladas and amazing fajitas—is joined by unusual Latin American dishes like bandeja tipica and bistec salteado, along with seafood dishes, homemade desserts and a display counter of freshly baked pastries. Catering and takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Wed, 11-11 Thu-Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Sunset Café

42 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-8550, sunsetcafe.org. Southwestern cuisine, featuring margaritas, quesadillas, and wood-smoked-on-premises specialties. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, 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. Serving brunch noon-4 Sun; lunch noon-4 Fri-Sat, dinner 5-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun-Thu. AE, MC, V. $$

 

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