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Taqueria Poblano, Owner Glen Adams in North Arlington, Del Ray, and South Arlington

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Went for brunch the other morning. I had Huevos Mexicanos. I really like their eggs, they are creamy and light with good veggies and spicy chorizo, it just all had a really nice flavor. Huge plate of eggs. I got a side or corn tortillas and some salsa with it, mmm. I like the breakfast here generally, but a lot of the specials end up being the best things. And they will make you pretty much anything off the other menu minus a few proteins if you ask, they are really nice.

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Coming soon signs are up for the new Taqueria Poblano on the Pike. Prime location in the new Penrose Square complex. I am insanely excited for this to come to Southie!

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We were in the other night and enjoyed the beef and fish tacos as usual. We've been sampling the Mexican places out here in Fairfax and were wishing that they would set up an outpost.

Went in a couple of weeks ago, the Del Ray outpost and had a blah kind of meal. Nothing great, but then again nothing tow rite home about. I had the vegetable tacos, hard shell and they were ok. Bland flavors, but then again it could have simply been the vegeratbles themselves. My wife had the Bean burrito and it was cold on the isnide as well as the queso with it, cold. Will go back and rsutle up another try. Just waiting to see how the Los Tios expansion takes off.

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Just got back from Mexico. Wanted to go back. Saw tacos al pastor ($3.95). Couldn't resist.

The tacos were great: well spiced, wrapped in corn tortillas, with just a hint of the traditional pineapple.

I will echo what someone else said: the tortilla chips tasted stale. Like they'd come from a bag that had been sitting out. For shame. You monster.

Try the Mayan chocolate fritters. They're kind of like chocolate truffles that have been deep fried and served over vanilla ice cream.

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Had puffy tacos chicken and pork from the Lee-Harrison location that were really good the other night. Restored my spirits. I also like that the server mentioned they do not use margarita mix (although I stuck to coke this time). I love the LA Crispy style tacos...

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Cold meat in the fish taco and duck taco for take out lunch at Harrison Street today will probably delay any quick return visit by me. :angry: That cannot be how they intended to serve them, can it? It was not attributable to the 10 minute ride home, either. This was not room temperature. It was cold.

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Cold meat in the fish taco and duck taco for take out lunch at Harrison Street today will probably delay any quick return visit by me. :angry: That cannot be how they intended to serve them, can it? It was not attributable to the 10 minute ride home, either. This was not room temperature. It was cold.

This is a common mishap with restaurants that shred meat, store it in tubs, and refrigerate it overnight (which many places do - think Surfside, Shophouse, and Chipotle). In general, I find this location of Taqueria Poblano to serve fairly room-temperature offerings including burritos (I never consciously noticed this before now).

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This is a common mishap with restaurants that shred meat, store it in tubs, and refrigerate it overnight (which many places do - think Surfside, Shophouse, and Chipotle). In general, I find this location of Taqueria Poblano to serve fairly room-temperature offerings including burritos (I never consciously noticed this before now).

The tell should have been when they said it would take 15 minutes for my order and I ran next door for 5 minutes and it was ready and bagged when I returned. I made up for the disappointment with dinner at Masa 14 tonight.

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Not normally how they serve them... We went Sunday morning-ish with the BIL and a friend and had crispy tacos which were good, and warm (but the crispy hot taco shell probably helps with that). Although it was hard to pass up breakfast tacos.

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Came back from France wanted some tacos so we came for some crispy tacos, mmmm. Very fresh, hot and crispy shells of goodness. Those shells really make the difference between a normal taco and a great taco for me, not that normal tacos can't be great for other reasons, but it really elevates a taco for me. I just love the crispiness of it.

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Taqueria Poblano is donating 20% of today's sales to the Red Cross for Sandy-related relief efforts. All three locations are included.

Sounds like a good day for Mexican brunch to me...

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I long for the days of childhood when I could have bad Mexican food and not notice or care.

Between my dinner at Los Toltecos last week, and my inedible lunch at Taqueria El Poblano today (infuriating because I was starving and it was a carryout order), I'm cured of slutty Tex-Mex for the immediate future.

I had downgraded this place in the Dining Guide awhile back, and have just downgraded it further. My apologies to District Taco which is also upgraded (it's not awesome, but it's better than this).

Cheers,

The Sysco Kid

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When it opened, Taqueria (el) Poblano was supposed to be California-style, not Tex-Mex. But no point in quibbling. Bad is bad, whatever the style.

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Oh no! We had a really fresh and good meal at the North Arlington location on Saturday. Which one was it, and what happened?

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When it opened, Taqueria (el) Poblano was supposed to be California-style, not Tex-Mex. But no point in quibbling. Bad is bad, whatever the style.

I think you're right, but I don't exactly know the difference. I know it when I see it (California-style seems greener, fresher, "cleaner"), but if someone asked me to define it, I don't think I could. Could you write a post "Tex-Mex vs. California Mex" in Shopping and Cooking?

Used to love that place, but haven't been back in a while. What's wrong with the food now?

My last couple of meals here tasted so ... Sysco-y. I was ravenous today, and when I was driving home, I was thinking "Burrito! Burrito! Burrito! Yes! Yes! Yes!" Then, I got home and started eating. The food was cold (I got a bean and cheese burrito), but I'm not that concerned about that. About the third bite in, something tasted "off," and I'm reminded of my very first meal of ... 2005? 2004? (NB - Interesting argument between Zora and Todd here). I was in Little Mexico, I can't remember where, and got some horrifically rank queso blanco on a burrito, the smell from which stayed in my car for about a week. This wasn't that bad, but there was something sour that couldn't be attributed to the sour cream (which I tasted separately and was fine). That aside, the (large) guacamole was really mediocre, and the food truly did taste like it all came from a Sysco truck - crummy chips, stale tortilla, run of the mill sauce. I finished about 1/4 of it, and decided it wasn't worth the calories (and the lunch, plus tax and tip, was over $17!) - I love guacamole, and for me not to eat it says something, though I'm not sure what. I have since taken a nap and realize I may have been a bit harsh, but my last few meals here have disappointed me. I was going to ask if there were any dissenting opinions, hoping that my last couple of visits (to the Arlington location) were aberrations, and I'm happy to have found this:

Oh no! We had a really fresh and good meal at the North Arlington location on Saturday. Which one was it, and what happened?

Because I really think the people who run this store are super-friendly, and the times that I've eaten in, I've really enjoyed the neighborhood vibe and the gently priced margaritas. Well anyway, I apologize for writing in a huff - I'm a little bit run down and my palate may be off a bit as well. Back in the 1990s, I used to love the Del Ray location, and would make special trips to go there - I cannot imagine the quality hasn't declined because I would never make a special trip for food like this, even when my palate was a lot less cultivated. On a side note, I used to *love* Burrito Brothers (Super Spinach Burrito, extra hot sauce, yum) but that, too, went way, way downhill before finally vanishing.

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I was in Little Mexico, I can't remember where, and got some horrifically rank queso blanco on a burrito, the smell from which stayed in my car for about a week.

That happened to me at Mixtec in Adams Morgan--a chile relleno filled with spoiled cheese. They replaced it with something else, but there was no apology of any sort. I've never been back. If a cook can send out food that stinks of spoilage, there is something rotten in the kitchen beyond a bad ingredient.

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We are here between once and month every other weekend for lunch between errands. But I never get a burrito, I am just not a burrito person, I don't like the way they are all big and smushed and well, just a personal thing. I like their crispy tacos, some weekends they are better than others in terms of the flavor of the meat and ratios. Sometimes the chips are up and down a little, but we have never had anything stale or bad, sometimes they are thicker, sometimes thinner, sometimes hot sometimes you know they are prob leftover from the night before. But we pretty much stick to basics- chicken, steak or pork crispy tacos and we stray very little from our normal order. Always North Arlington location. I don't think it is like stand out stellar, or drive out of your way for, and I do think District Taco, except for the taco shell itself is better. (And DT's chips are better, but I like TP's salsa better.) And I have never done take out. They are always really nice though. Last time I was there I accidentally ripped off a scab on my hand on the way out the door to grocery shop, they had a bandaid for me. I am sure if they knew what happened with your burrito they would try to make it right, they are always so nice. I can't say much about a lot of the other items on the menu because I don't get a lot of other things. But I can say they make good margaritas.

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On a side note, I used to *love* Burrito Brothers (Super Spinach Burrito, extra hot sauce, yum) but that, too, went way, way downhill before finally vanishing.

It hasn't completely vanished, the one on Pennsylvania Avenue on Capitol Hill is still trucking along. When I first moved to DC and had no money they had a special where if you bought four burritos you got one free. The trick was to convince at least three (ideally four) of your coworkers that they wanted to eat Burrito Brothers for lunch that day, offer to pick their food up for them, and end up with a free burrito out of it. I'd often eat that extra burrito for dinner. I was sad when they got rid of that deal.

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Ate at the Del Ray location last weekend and loved it. Had the special crab quesadilla and my usual duck carnitas. DH likes a crispy shell so he got one beef, one chicken, and one pork. He wouldn't share. :rolleyes: My quesadilla was simple, cheesy, generous with fresh crab meat, not a speck of cartilage. With a couple tablespoons of guacamole, but a healthy serving of rice and beans too. My duck, my favorite, as always, came with addictive hot pink pickled onions. Deeply satisfying fare in a great eating neighborhood.

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Ate at the Del Ray location last weekend and loved it. Had the special crab quesadilla and my usual duck carnitas. DH likes a crispy shell so he got one beef, one chicken, and one pork. He wouldn't share. :rolleyes: My quesadilla was simple, cheesy, generous with fresh crab meat, not a speck of cartilage. With a couple tablespoons of guacamole, but a healthy serving of rice and beans too. My duck, my favorite, as always, came with addictive hot pink pickled onions. Deeply satisfying fare in a great eating neighborhood.

Old Town Crier has a fun interview with Owner Glen Adams here.

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Del Ray location: Seriously? I dont even want to bother writing a review so as not to waste any more time on this place. First, the server couldnt care less. Another server for another table was very friendly, ours didnt seem to care. Ok, but we were there to eat, so ok. I dont eat chips all that much, but they were completely stale, and the salsa was some sort of pebbly crap. Then our food came, the shrimp dish had 5 shrimp, then a heaping helping of grilled onions and peppers with some sort of cheese on it (not even machengo). Then the rice was poorly cooked, so I couldnt even fill myself on that. Seriously, i want my time back so I can eat something that doesnt make me want to wretch. One of the first meals in a long time where I almost left when we got our food.

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Harris-Lee location- had the smothered beef burrito for the first time last night no crema.  I don't typically eat burritos, I don't know if I would have loved it stand alone a little texturally one note inside, but it was good smoothered with red sauce, guacamole and habenero sauce (we must go here enough they now know one of us likes the haberno brought over.  Hubby got his typical crispy taco order, which is what we normally get.  We never go to any other locations though.

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