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Old 06-14-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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anyone know of a GOOD authentic Mexican place where we can get a good burrito-- Im looking for one of those little carry out "dives" where all the employees speak spanish and the food is really authentic..doesn't have to be in a super area, but I don't want to be in danger either Sarasota or Bradenton has to have one somewhere!

I know of some really good restaurants, but was looking for a little hidden gem that has great burritos...
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Old 06-14-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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anyone know of a GOOD authentic Mexican place where we can get a good burrito-- Im looking for one of those little carry out "dives" where all the employees speak spanish and the food is really authentic..doesn't have to be in a super area, but I don't want to be in danger either Sarasota or Bradenton has to have one somewhere!

I know of some really good restaurants, but was looking for a little hidden gem that has great burritos...
Ooooh...You're speaking our language. Those little dives are the best and I hope to find one when we move down in a few weeks! Hope you get some good responses!!
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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*sighs* If you are brave enough to go down Business 41 in Palmetto you will find Alvarez. Mexican owned & operated forever. You often hear cursing in Spanish coming from the kitchen. The food is really good. Their Q Dip is to die for. I have been going there since the late '80's and have never been assaulted by gangs.....

Azteca Mexican Grill on 15th St. E at 63rd is also really good.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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*sighs* If you are brave enough to go down Business 41 in Palmetto you will find Alvarez. Mexican owned & operated forever. You often hear cursing in Spanish coming from the kitchen. The food is really good. Their Q Dip is to die for. I have been going there since the late '80's and have never been assaulted by gangs.....

Azteca Mexican Grill on 15th St. E at 63rd is also really good.
+1 for Alvarez. I don't get to go there often since my wife thinks that their food is too spicy. El Molcajetes is pretty good as well but both are full service dining.
There are a bunch of other little family run Mexican restaurants in Palmetto as well.

There's a Citgo station in Palmetto on 10th St at the 301 on-ramp. There's a taco stand in the corner of the parking lot that has been there for probably close to a year and has a large crowd each evening. We haven't been there, but keep meaning to stop in.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Florida
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They have mexican food at the Red Barn now, it's worth checking out. It all depends on your taste for mexican & whether you lean to tex/mex or not...El Adobe has been ranked top in Sarasota for many years.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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I really like El Toro Bravo, but it's not really a dive. My neighbor swears by this little Mexican market at the Clark Rd. Swift Rd. light...it's hidden in a two story little mustard yellow building. I guess they make fresh food in there too. I still haven't been in to check it out though.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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I really like El Toro Bravo, but it's not really a dive. My neighbor swears by this little Mexican market at the Clark Rd. Swift Rd. light...it's hidden in a two story little mustard yellow building. I guess they make fresh food in there too. I still haven't been in to check it out though.
I'll second El Toro Bravo.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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If you're ever in the Port Charlotte area, La Esperanza on 41 is pretty authentic. The cheese is fantastic! Very reasonably priced as well. Mostly latinos working there, and mostly bi-lingual.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I would stay away from Dean's in PG every time I've gone there the food has been awful and the service even worse.

Mi Pueblo is pretty decent. I've heard excellent reviews on El Toro. El Adobe is average and it's been there since I was a little kid. Anyone been to Two Senoritas?
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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I would stay away from Dean's in PG every time I've gone there the food has been awful and the service even worse.

Mi Pueblo is pretty decent. I've heard excellent reviews on El Toro. El Adobe is average and it's been there since I was a little kid. Anyone been to Two Senoritas?
Two Senoritas is not good, and it is NOT authentic Mexican. Cinco de Mayo is better, but still what I call "watered down" Mexican. Same with Mi Pueblo.

I really think you have to go to the "dives" or taco trucks to get the real deal. I haven't had real Mexican since I left Dade City (Pancho's Villa in San Antonio, FL) was the BEST.

I'm afraid to try the little Mexican greasy spoons - I have gotten sick off some of that stuff.
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