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. $$
443 5th Ave., Troy, 237-1177, badass burrito.com. Fresh
food fast, not fast food. Homemade Southwestern food served
in cantina setting. Choose from beef, pulled pork, shredded
roasted chicken, beer-battered fish, blackened fish, roasted
vegetables or grilled tofu. Off-premises catering and takeout.
Serving 11-9 Tue-Sat. D, MC, V. $
Bombers Burrito Bar
See listing under “American.”
319 Ontario St., Albany, 935-1096, 935-1098, brostacosblog.com.
Tucked in a tiny corner store, this place puts out a creative
variety of burritos, quesadillas, burgers and, yes, tacos,
but featuring the much tastier soft variety. Try the citrus-marinated
pork taco, the baja taco, homemade chorizo and habanero
papaya salsa. Named Best Tacos in Metroland’s Best
of 2009. Catering and takeout available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sat,
1-8 Sun. D, MC, V. $
430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5577. Owner Jeff Ames,
a California transplant, brings a West Coast sense of materials
and authenticity; Chef Michael Jackson has crafted a scratch
menu built on fresh ingredients. The quesadilla appetizer
is wrapped in a house-made flour tortilla with farm cheese
and a tasty Mexican delicacy called huitlacoche; a poblano-and-tomato-filled
tortilla is laced with tasty crema fresca. Full bar, wine
list. Open 11:30 AM every day. AE, D, MC, V. $$
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. $$
112 Hudson Ave.,Chatham, 392-6663. Don’t get too distracted
by the great margaritas you can sip at your table and the
bar—the menu here features the expected Mexican items along
with a killer mole (the seed-based sauce, not talpid or
blemish), delicious fried plantains and even burgers and
pizza. Full bar. Open 5-9 Mon-Thu; Tuesday night is Italian
night. 5-9:30 Fri-Sat; Sunday American-style brunch 11-3,
dinner 3-8. MC, D, V. $$
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. $$
144 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568, elmariachisrestaurant.com.
The real thing: true Mexican cooking in downtown Albany.
Try the cochinita pibil, a popular pork roast made with
orange juice and red onions. Full bar. Serving 11:30-10
Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, MC,
El Mariachi II
289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580, elmariachisrestaurant.com.
Authentic Mexican and Spanish dishes, including paella and
pollo San Marco. Full bar, featuring over 45 top tequilas.
Takeout and on-premises catering available. Serving 11:30-10
Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. Parking across
the street available after 4 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$
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. $$
6 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. The eclectic
menu boasts specialties from around the world. Look for
the burritos, tacos, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern and vegetarian
specialties as well as pizza and home-cooked snacks—including
the well-known “Dough Boy.” Takeout and delivery available.
Serving 11:30-10 Mon, 11:30-2 AM Tue-Wed, 11:30-3 AM Thu,
11:30-4 AM Fri-Sat, 11:30-10 PM Sun. MC, V. $
23 Main St., South Glens Falls, 636-5090, jakesroad.com.
The former home of Jake’s Roundup, the Roadhouse is under
new ownership, with an updated menu and atmosphere. Serving
classic American comfort food with a flair, such as blackened
catfish, beer-battered fish and chips, and homemade baked
beans. Full bar. Available for group events. Serving dinner
4-9 Sun, Tue-Thu; 4-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$
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. $$$
Leon’s Mexican Restaurant
135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. Jockey Filiberto
Leon is proprietor of this traditional Mexican eatery that
Saratogians voted “best Mexican restaurant in Saratoga.”
Complimentary homemade salsa served with tortilla chips;
specializing in authentic fajitas, quesadillas, flautas,
chimichangas and tamales. Full bar, on-premises catering,
takeout available. Serving 4-close Mon, Wed-Fri; 3-close
Sat-Sun. Closed Tue. AE, MC, V, D. $$
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. $$
537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, mexrad.com. Voted Best
Mexican Restaurant, Best Margaritas and Best Restaurant
in Columbia County. Mexican Radio features homemade dishes
made fresh daily. Extensive vegetarian and vegan choices.
Available for parties. Open daily for lunch and dinner from
11:30-11. AE, MC, V. $$
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. $$
315 Central Ave., Albany, 426-7050. misalsalatina.com. Traditional
Mexican fare—burritos, enchiladas and amazing fajitas—is
joined by unusual Latin American dishes like bandeja tipica
and bistec salteado, along with seafood dishes, homemade
desserts and a display counter of freshly baked pastries.
Catering and takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Wed, 11-11
Thu-Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$
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. $$$
50 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass. (413) 528-2002.
Enjoy authentic Mexican fare—such as enchiladas, huevos
rancheros and a special mole—in a comfortable Berkshire
setting. Enjoy one of the many fine sipping tequilas. Full
bar. Takeout available. Off-premises catering. Serving brunch
noon-4 Sun; lunch noon-4 Fri-Sat, dinner 5-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9
Sun-Thu. AE, MC, V. $$