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Mexican/Southwestern

by rwydro on May 21, 2012 · 0 comments

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. Take out available. Serving 4:30 Tues-Sun, closed Mondays. Reservations recommended AE, D, MC, V, debit. $$

Bombers Burrito Bar

See listing under “American.”

Bros. Tacos

319 Ontario St., Albany, 935-1096, 935-1098, brostacos.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 carnitas, the baja taco, homemade chorizo and habanero papaya salsa. Named Best Tacos in Metroland 2010. Catering and takeout available. Serving 11-9 Mon-Wed, 11-11 Thurs-Sat, and 1-9 Sun. AE, 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 Matt Richardson 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; the chile relleno features roasted poblano peppers stuffed with Mexican cheeses, spicy ground beef, serrano peppers and salsa verde. Full bar with an extensive tequila collection. Serving 11:30-9 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Chili’s Restaurant

60 Wolf Road, Colonie, 489-4664, chilis.com. 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. The menu features traditional Mexican items along with a killer mole, delicious fried plantains and even burgers and pizza. Full bar featuring popular specialty margaritas and mojitos. Open 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. D, MC, 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. Full bar with frozen, fruity and gourmet margaritas made with 100-percent blue agave tequilas. Takeout available. Happy hour 4-6:30 Tue-Sun. Lunch Wed-Sat, Dinner Tue-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. AE, D, MC, V. $$

El Mexicano

208 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-0105, elmexicanorestaurant.com. The excellent enchiladas mole poblano let you know it’s the real thing, and in addition to the usual taco-burrito-enchilada fare the menu boasts an array of dinner specials featuring native beef, shrimp, chicken and pork preparations. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 daily, dinner 3-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Esperanto

4 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. It’s still counter service at this inexpensive Saratoga favorite, but it’s been enlarged to include a dining room. 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 popular “Dough Boy.” Takeout and delivery. Serving 11-10 Sun-Mon, 11 AM-3 AM Tue-Thur, 11 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, Skidmore card. $

Hot Harry’s Fresh Burritos

1235 Western Ave., Albany, 621-7883; 596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 477-5500; 1625 Union St., Schenectady. 374-2812; 37 North St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-6155; 724 Tyler St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-2220, hotharrysburritos.com. Tacos, quesadillas, and burritos in three different sizes with fresh ingredients. Breakfast and kids’ menus also available. Off-premises catering; takeout. Serving 8 AM-10 PM Mon-Sat, 11-8 Sun. $

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant

405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, josemalones.com. Innovative Mexican-inspired cuisine made mostly from scratch. Daily and weekly specials such as blue-corn-encrusted catfish tacos, 16-spice Memphis-style ribs and pineapple goat-cheese quesadilla. Many vegetarian items; children’s menu. Homemade tortillas. Margaritas with fresh-squeezed lime won Metroland’s Best Margaritas and Best Ribs. Large selection of tequilas and single-malt scotch. Full bar, takeout available. Serving 4-9 Tue-Thu. Serving 4-10 Fri and Sat, bar open late. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$

La Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant

1610 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). Full Bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Leon’s Mexican Restaurant

135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. Jockey Filiberto Leon is proprietor of this traditional Mexican eatery the Saratogian voted “Best Mexican restaurant in Saratoga.” Complimentary homemade salsa served with tortilla chips; specializing in authentic fajitas, quesadillas, flautas, chimichangas and chili rellenos. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4-close Mon, Wed-Fri; 3-close Sat-Sun. Closed Tuesday. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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, DC, MC, V. $$

Mexican Market Taqueria

654 Central Ave., Albany, 729-5138, 813-4038, 518mexicanmarket.com. Authentic Mexican food and specialty products. Takeout available. Serving 9 AM-10:30 PM daily (breakfast menu 9-11 AM). D, MC, V. $

Mexican Radio

537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, mexrad.com. Voted Best Mexican Restaurant by Hudson Valley Magazine. Mexican Radio features homemade dishes made fresh daily. Extensive vegetarian and vegan choices. Full bar, specialty margaritas. Takeout. Available for parties. Gift certificates available. Serving daily 11:30-11; special bar menu 3-6 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $$$

Salsa Latina

315 Central Ave., Albany, 426-7050, misalsalatina.com. Traditional Mexican fare—burritos, enchiladas and amazing fajitas—plus 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-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 3-11 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, closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Xicohtencatl

50 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-2002, xicohmexicano.com. 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 noon-10 Sun-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

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