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“About as far from authentic Mexican as you can get.”

La Posada Restaurante
Ranked #45 of 113 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: US$5 - US$17
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef, goat and ostrich production and meat dishes, in particular the well-known arrachera cut.The six regions of Mexico differ greatly in their cuisines. In the Yucatán, for instance, a unique, natural sweetness (instead of spiciness) exists in the widely used local produce along with an unusual love for achiote seasoning. In contrast, the Oaxacan region is known for its savory tamales, celebratory moles, and simple tlayudas while the mountainous regions of the West (Jalisco, etc.) are known for goat birria (goat in a spicy tomato-based sauce).Central Mexico's (DURANGO where we are from.) cuisine is largely influenced by the rest of the country, but has unique dishes such as barbacoa, pozole, menudo and carnitas.Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. The cuisine of Southeastern Mexico has a considerable Caribbean influence due to its location. Seafood is commonly prepared in states that border the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, the latter having a famous reputation for its fish dishes, à la veracruzana.
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Description: Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef, goat and ostrich production and meat dishes, in particular the well-known arrachera cut.The six regions of Mexico differ greatly in their cuisines. In the Yucatán, for instance, a unique, natural sweetness (instead of spiciness) exists in the widely used local produce along with an unusual love for achiote seasoning. In contrast, the Oaxacan region is known for its savory tamales, celebratory moles, and simple tlayudas while the mountainous regions of the West (Jalisco, etc.) are known for goat birria (goat in a spicy tomato-based sauce).Central Mexico's (DURANGO where we are from.) cuisine is largely influenced by the rest of the country, but has unique dishes such as barbacoa, pozole, menudo and carnitas.Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. The cuisine of Southeastern Mexico has a considerable Caribbean influence due to its location. Seafood is commonly prepared in states that border the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, the latter having a famous reputation for its fish dishes, à la veracruzana.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“About as far from authentic Mexican as you can get.”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Stale tacos straight from Stop & Shop, bland salsa are an apt warning that a passionless dining experience awaits you at this noisy storefront restaurant in Arlington Heights.

Indifferent, clueless waitstaff seem unwilling or unable to answer our basic foodie questions. "Is anything spicy", we ask. "Nothing spicy here" is the reply by the hostess/manager. That about sums it up.

We ordered the cactus salad which was mildly interesting but undone by the "cactus from the can". One entree, Chicken Fajita was stringy and dry an unfortunately consequence of serving it reheated. We also ordered Camarones Poblanos (Chile Shrimp) which was under-seasoned and served for some odd reason with what appeared to be Mexican rice-a-roni.

Portions are small, prices rather high so if you are expecting a great value to compensate for the mediocre work of the kitchen, look elsewhere mi amigo!

If you are looking for a taste of what good Mexican food could be, try Painted Burro or Tu Y Yo in Davis Square, and Taqueria Mexico in Waltham.

The bottom line is the staff at this restaurant gave up caring about the food they prepare and serve at this restaurant, long ago.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“BYOB, tasty food, slow service”
Reviewed 22 December 2013

We brought my parents here for Christmas vacation and we all enjoyed it. I ordered the Verde Burrito and the beef and seasonings were good, but it had a lot of beans. My mom had the chicken burrito and it didn't have many beans. The salsa was good with a strong Mexican Oregano flavor and some jalapenos. The Guacamole was good, but expensive, and mixed (the avocado was already mashed) at the table to your liking. Overall, the food was terrific; just a little inconsistent on the small touches.

They serve no alcohol at all. They do allow you to bring your own drinks. The table next to us brought wine and beer, but we did not see them drink the beer. The server had a corkscrew and glasses; however, we don't know if there was, or how much the corking fee was. Also, they did not accept reservations but there was no wait on the Saturday night that we went.

Unfortunately, the service was slow and our server forgot things. When the check came, they used the Square app on an iPad and you could choose 18%, 20%, 25%, or custom gratuity. It was a little presumptuous that I would give 18% (which is what I normally would leave). It was also odd that an established business used a technology that stores credit card numbers instead of a traditional, secure point-of-sales system.

  • Visited December 2013
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Yum”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

It was not fancy but it was absolutely delicious. I had their appetizer platter for my main meal and my husband had enchiladas. Everything was wonderful. I could see into the kitchen when the door was ajar and it was very clean as well. BYOB beer and wine and it was less than $30 including the tip for the two of us. We just can't remember why we don't go their more often. Great for couples, families, small groups.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank CarolineMR
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good food and BYOB”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

When you're looking for a great Mexican food and want to save on your overall bill, bring your own beer or wine to this little hidden jem. Recently enjoyed dinner with three other friends and not only was the food great it was very reasonable. The staff is friendly and caring as if you are a guest in their home. Plus, we enjoy supporting a local business and we're happy they are here so we can enjoy good food and be served too!

  • Visited August 2013
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Favorite little Mexican place”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Run by a family, this is my favorite kind of restaurant: small, simple with great food. Try the scallops or the enchiladas. They have terrific fruit juices, like guava, tamarind, or lemon-lime. Fresh hot chips with a slightly spicy salsa. I could go once a week!

Visited July 2013
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Thank Anne H
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