Greenpoint's New Calexico Carne Asada

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The tacos (carne asada left, fried fish right) are only a step above Taco Bell, strictly for people who don't like Mexican food.


At $5, the tacos are way more expensive than they ought to be. A single corn tortilla wraps a choice of carne asada, pollo asado, tofu asado, pulled pork, fried fish, or black beans. The fish was nicely breaded and fried, and sluiced with the so-called crack sauce, which is really a mild chipotle mayo, basically confirming the principle that mayo makes everything taste better. The fish taco thus proved very bland, as did the carne asada taco, which had a runny form of the house guac squiggled on top, along with tomatoes and shredded greenery. It was marginally better than the Baja-style fish taco, but it begged comparison with the same (and cheaper) product at Dos Toros, which is superior in every way.

Our favorite dish at the new Calexico was the black bean quesadilla, which was a better deal at $7, and might come close to filling you up if you're not very hungry. The black beans are especially good, but if you're a vegetarian or pescetarian, don't get excited: The beans are enhanced with lots of bacon.

The menu seems like out-and-out bar food, and it wouldn't have been as disappointing if it had been priced like bar food (i.e., a little cheaper, as bar food often is, as an incentive to stay and down more drinks).

Yes, I know Cal-Mex cuisine should be blander than the southern Mexican food we're used to, but this place is ridiculous!


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The best thing we tried was the quesadilla.


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5 comments
Ted
Ted

I can't believe this review. This person clearly came to Calexico with an agenda, looking to pick a fight. And what discredits EVERY aspect of this review is the mention of the black beans: he complains that there is too much bacon in them? The black beans are strictly vegetarian -- I know this for a fact. He's confusing spices and seasoning as pork flavor, he has to be ... or he's just crazy.

Greenpoint Gal
Greenpoint Gal

There was no oregano in my guac, and my fish tacos were superb. The neighborhood has been yearning for a good Mexican restaurant. It finally gets one, then you go and dis it in week one. Huh?

Sonbyrne
Sonbyrne

Wow, I had a completely different experience. There were a few things that weren't perfect but all in all a good dining experience. I was waiting to share my two cents until after they had their feet under them (I think they've been open for two weeks). Seems a bit premature to slam a restaurant before their telephone number is listed(I'm fiending for some delivery) but to each their own.

ijustsaid
ijustsaid

I found the place to be quite good, we went on NYE fortunately just before it got super crowded. The one thing we didn't really like were the fries - they were more like potato sticks - but the addition of spicy sprinkling somewhat redeemed them.

Kate
Kate

I thought the food was really great overall. The guacamole does need a little spicing up, even with just some more lemon/salt or something, and it is too pricey. But I would never compare this place to Taco Bell. The pulled pork quesadilla was amazing and the fish taco was delicious. My friends really enjoyed the carne asada taco and veggies burrito as well. The free plantain chips with peanut sauce were also really tasty.

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