Garibaldi Mexican Cusine

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Fiesta Sampler
Fiesta Sampler

**** (4 stars)

I've been to Garibaldi before, but this is the first time I've been to this location. I actually like it better than the original.

The menu is very extensive, with all the standard American Tex-Mex offerings. The fiesta sampler offers a pretty good selection of most of the menu, it is a very generous serving, more than enough lunch for two people.

This is one of the most extensive margarita lists in town. The house margarita is by far the best deal, and is an ample serving of a well mixed margarita.

Garibaldi Mexican Cusine
848 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32809

https://www.yelp.com/biz/garibaldi-mexican-cusine-orlando

The Mexican Camel

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#5 Nacho Tinga Fusion
#5 Nacho Tinga Fusion
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Exterior

***** (5 stars)

The easiest way to describe The Mexican Camel is as an upscale Chipotle that also incorporates Middle Eastern options to create fusion dishes.

Our party of four had very different items, which illustrate the diversity available here. One person opted for a vegetarian, mostly Mexican bowl. Another had lamb in his. And a third had spicy shrimp on a salad. I, on the other hand, went far afield, and had nacho chips topped with Chicken Tinga.

Everyone really enjoyed their selections, so there were no wrong choices!

One thing that really stood out to me was the friendliness of the two servers working behind the counter. This was definitely not a robotic Chipotle performance, they were really into it. Service was also very fast.

We all thought the bowls were a bit pricey, but I guess that's true of everything these days, and everyone agreed we'll be back soon, so that's what really matters.

The Mexican Camel
5752 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819

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The Pantry Rio

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Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sandwich

***** (5 stars)

This is a nice place right near the center of old Santa Fe, with quite a bit of patio seating, most of it well shaded by umbrellas.

We had the breakfast sandwich and the breakfast burrito. Both were good, and fairly similar, except that the sandwich was grilled and the burrito was covered in green chili sauce (which is optional, but was very good).

Service was friendly.

The Pantry Rio
229 Galisteo St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-pantry-rio-santa-fe

Elote Cafe

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Bar
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Elotes
Elotes
Buffalo Mole Poblano
Buffalo Mole Poblano
Carnitas
Carnitas

**** (4 stars)

This trendy place offers a new take on traditional Mexican dishes such as Carnitas and Mole. For example, The Mole Poblano features Buffalo. The sauce is quite flavorful, but the accompanying rice and refried beans would not pass muster at the most pedestrian of Mexican restaurants.

Given that the dish is the restaurant's namesake, the Elotes are a particularly good appetizer. They are served in the increasingly popular deconstructed style (essentially really good creamed corn), which makes them much easier to eat.

There are a wide variety of made-to-order Margaritas.

Service at the bar was extremely friendly and attentive.

It's expensive but, hey, this is Sedona.

Elote Cafe
350 Jordan Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336

https://www.yelp.com/biz/elote-cafe-sedona-4

Javier’s Century City

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Ahi tuna crudo
Ahi tuna crudo
Chicken quesadilla
Chicken quesadilla
Enchiladas Mariscos
Enchiladas Mariscos

***** (5 stars)

Javiers has a truly striking interior. Even though the space is huge, it is divided up into enough interconnected areas so that it manages to seem both exotic and cozy at the same time.

We started with the Tuna Crudo, a generous portion served a bit like a poke bowl. Very fresh and flavorful.

For our main course I had the Enchiladas Mariscos, two delicious mixed seafood enchiladas in a tangy green sauce. They were great.

Chicken Quesadillas were a huge serving, accompanied by a giant mount of excellent guacamole.

The house Margarita was just okay. I'd explore alternatives next time.

Service was friendly and very fast.

Javier’s Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

https://www.yelp.com/biz/javiers-century-city-los-angeles

Azteca D’Oro Winter Garden

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Carnitas fajitas
Carnitas fajitas

***** (5 stars)

I've always enjoyed the other Azteca locations, and this one is just as good, and even better decorated. What a transformation from the old Village Inn!

Open only a week, and really bustling, but the service and kitchen were mostly able to keep up.

Fajitas are the highlight for me here. This was the first time I tried them with carnitas, and the meat was tender and succulent.

The Cadillac Margaritas are also excellent.

The dining room is high ceilinged, but can be quite loud when full. For a somewhat less boisterous dining experience, ask for a high top in the bar, or a table in the room beyond the bar.

Azteca D’Oro Winter Garden
3130 Daniels Rd
Oakland, FL 34787

https://www.yelp.com/biz/azteca-d-oro-winter-garden-oakland

Toloache 50

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Short rib tacos
Short rib tacos
Ceviche Sampler
Ceviche Sampler

**** (4 stars)

I'll admit to being very picky about Mexican restaurants, having grown up in Southern California. My experience with Mexican restaurants in New York City has been nothing short of abysmal. So I was prepared for the same here, particularly when the salsa showed up and was something closer to cream of tomato soup.

But then the short rib tacos with bone marrow arrived, and things changed completely. This was one of the best items I've ever had in a Mexican restaurant, and could easily have been served in many of the top fine dining small plate restaurants in the city.

I'm not sure this one item fully justifies the four stars, but since the guacamole, Margarita, and ceviche were fine, it's at least a 3-1/2 star place. Just be sure to have the short ribs.

Toloache 50
251 West 50th St
New York, NY 10012

https://www.yelp.com/biz/toloache-50-new-york

Republica

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Quesadilla
Quesadilla
Frijoles
Frijoles
Tacos
Tacos

**** (4 stars)

It sounds like the evening tasting menu here would be really interesting. We stopped for lunch on our way through town, and the offerings were somewhat limited. The most interesting item was the plate of two tacos, one pibil, and one chicken, which were both excellent. Their take on a Margarita is interesting.

Access is off the parking lot. You order at the counter. Plenty of outdoor seating, but only a couple of tables inside.

Republica
721 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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El Sombrero

Number 12 combo
Number 12 combo
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Quesadilla
Quesadilla
Super nachos
Super nachos

**** (4 stars)

Good Americanized Mexican food in a beautifully decorated space with unfortunately bright lighting that makes it seem like a Home Depot's lighting department! Half the customers were wearing baseball caps, and I wishe dI had one, too!

The food was exactly as you would expect form a small chain sit-down Mexican restaurant, with nothing standing out, but all certainly fine.

The Cadillac Margarita was excellent, especially with an added sqeeze of lime to cut the sweetness.

Service was just okay.

El Sombrero
4 W Oak St
Walla Walla, WA 99362

https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-sombrero-walla-walla-2