Br4jjd 2012-04-20 13:05:39
Went to Daniella’s Cantina In Framingham last night.
Location is very good, right at the rt126 and rt30 intersection.
The interior is VERY nice. My wife being from Mexico told me how it
reminder her of the eaterys on the coast of Mexico.
Prices are reasonable. The food however is NOT.
We were seated at a table in the middle of the room that was less
than comfortable for a couple, considering there were numerous booths
We were asked if we wanted chips and salsa which typically in a
Mexican reatery are complimentary, so we said ok. When the bill came
we found out they were $2. Little slight of hand there if you ask me..
The food was bad, I mean not good at all. We eat at alot of Spanish
eaterys, and this was the worst ever!
I had the beef chimichanga covered with chile. A chimichanga is
basicly a burrito that is deep fried rather that served plain. This
was a plain tortilla ( a tasteless one at that) served with a tastless
chile and covered in cold cheese. I was starving and didn’t finish.
My wife had one of her favorites, carne asada steak. which is a steak
marinated in lime and spices served chopped. Again, no flavor..
Seems like they have it all together, just need a chef who has a
taste for Mexican flavor… This was bad, and I am not quick to give
a bad review of anyone, but this food was horrible. Even the people
in the booth next to us commented the same.
Service was great and the place has a wonderful Mexican feeling, but
the food was just terrible.
Avoid this one..
Robert la ferl 2012-04-20 13:05:42
The original Daniella’s Cantina is in Acton. It’s pretty much the only
Mexican (or TexMex) restaurant in the area except for maybe Sierra’s in
nearby Sudbury. The food at both are rather mediocre. I really wish
Boca Grande, Anna’s Taqueria or Felipe’s Taqueria would open a location
in Rt. 2W area. They would quickly eliminate the competition and make
some good money. Nashua has some Mexican restaurants like “La Caretta”
that I know some people like. I went once. It’s okay but nothing to
write home about.
Dan logcher 2012-04-20 13:05:44
I tried Anna’s Taqueria in MIT’s Student Center. I had three El Pastor
taco, which were small soft taco’s with grilled pork. They were very tasty,
but I could have ate a few more. For $1.25 each, not a bad deal.
Robert la ferl 2012-04-20 13:05:46
MIT is so lucky. You used to have “Toscannini’s” in that location even
though the main location is nearby and now you have “Anna’s Taqueria”…
Dan logcher 2012-04-20 13:05:48
I’ll have to try and get over there more often. They had numerous items
that looked very good. We got there before noon, and by 12:30pm there was
a huge line.
Robert la ferl 2012-04-20 13:05:51
I think the winning formula that Anna’s/Boca/Felipe has is that they
serve “fresh” food fast as opposed to fast food. e.g. places like Taco
Bell or recently Baja Fresh. Several years ago before Wendy’s bought
them out, Baja Fresh was an awesome restaurant – at least the ones in
CA. I’ve been to the one in Stoneham a few times and it’s just not the
BTW – For truly great Mexican, there’s no better place than “Tu y yo” in
Dan logcher 2012-04-20 13:05:55
Ya know, I’ve been saying I need to try this place.
Br4jjd 2012-04-20 13:06:03
Mediocre is an understatement! I have a hard time giving resturants,
any place at all, but this was the exception…. Acapulco’s also, is
one of the better places.
I just can’t believe that enough people ate at the original Daniela’s
that they actually opened a second location in Framingham…
Again, I hate to kick a resturant, but this place was borderline
gross, bland and tasteless….
Br4jjd 2012-04-20 13:06:06
Also, as I reported, I like the way they slip the normally
complimentary chips and salsa on the bill for $2. Chips and Salsa in a
Mexican resturant is like complimentary bread, or tea in other
places… I just thought it was a little sneaky. I know it was only
$2, but it just doesn’t make sense. Unless of course, you realize a
few days later that they have coupons in the paper for $8 off of a
meal. Have to make up the $8 somewhere I guess…
Warren sander 2012-04-20 13:06:15
In framingham the best mexican is at AZTEC on rt 135 at the
framingham/natick line. It’s on the south side of 135
and is in a little L shaped building. The building is a little hole in the
wall but the food is great. It’s real mexican also
And if you want to go a bit farther west in Downtown marlboro is Mi Rancha
(sp) that is on the West side of main street (what was rt 20 before they
built the outer loop road). it’s in a storefont just about across the street
from the town hall. Again real mexican food.
for tex-mex there is alcapulco’s on rt 9 east bound just before the
Also there is a southwestern place on rt 9 west in westboro just past
Harry’s diner (it’s in what used to be harry’s 2).
Mombu 2012-04-20 13:06:18
That’s the Canyon Cafe, which is apparently a small chain. I was there
last week for the first time and thought it was very good. I still
prefer the Aztec because it is more authentic, or more of that homemade
style of Mexican, but I don’t get out that way that much anymore.
And still lament the passing of Rosamaria’s in Worcester. It was
the best I’ve ever had. A moment of silence, please.
I had the burrito which was good. It was quite large so half of
it home came home. My wife had the swordfish which was excellent.
They had a filet mignon on the menu which I originally ordered but
they were out of that item.
The complementary chips and salsa where better than average, with a
variety of difference chips, one of which being sweet potatoes. One
of the styles in the basket was lightly sprinkled with sugar. It tastes
nice as first but would probably get sickening if the meal was late.
I had the margarita special which claims to use fresh limes with
Grand Mariner and Sauza Commemorative. They also limit you to two
of them. It was good, but I strongly suspect that the fresh limes
they claimed to use was actually some type of sour mix. I use
fresh lime juice for my margaritas at home so I like to think I can
tell the difference. It was enjoyable, though.
Pete from bost 2012-04-20 13:06:20
I’m glad you reminded me, I need to go there sometime myself. Anyone
have any specific recommendations of entrees they’ve enjoyed there?
Robert la ferl 2012-04-20 13:06:25
I had a spinach and potato entree that blew me away. I did not expect
it to be as good as it was. I don’t remember the name of the dish but
I’d order it again and again… I don’t think you can wrong with
anything on their menu. Enjoy!
Robert la ferl 2012-04-20 13:06:27
The dish was “Spinach a la Carlos”. Here’s the web site:
I need to pay them a visit too!!!
Dan logcher 2012-04-20 13:06:30
Carlos makes some good spinach!
Eskwired 2012-04-20 13:06:36
There used to be a little hole in the wall mexican place in Waltham, just
off upper Moody Street (North of the train tracks). Is it still there?
Anybody know the name and address? Is it still authentic and good?
Warren sander 2012-04-20 13:06:46
cantina mexicana. it’s on a one-way street that heads into moody street. You
have to go around the block or
attempt to cut through the bank parking lot. I don’t remember the address
but if you take a right off of main street
(rt 20) onto moody street you then take the first right you can take go down
a coupld of blocks, turn left, and then turn
left again onto the one-way street heading back to moody street. It’s in a
little house on the right side of the road.
Mombu 2012-04-20 13:06:49
24 Charles St.
I haven’t been there in quite a few years. I enjoyed the food overall,
but noticed that they tended to use a bit too much of the cow/pig.
In related news, Moody Street is getting a burrito joint. The Hungry
Coyote restaurant is going into the former SoCal location. Signs
indicate that they are opening in March ’06, but the windows are
still papered over, so it’s probably still some weeks away.
There is also a Guatemalan/Salvadoran/Mexican/American (!)
restaurant going into the former side room of Bison County.
Workers were installing wall studs when I passed by earlier
this week; I didn’t see an estimated opening date on the paper
sign in the window.
Burt h. 2012-04-20 13:06:51
Is Mi Tierra moving up the street or is this a brand new restaurant?
You don’t normally hear about too many Guatemalan/Salvadoran fusions
in these parts…
Mombu 2012-04-20 13:06:53
And if you want a real hole in the wall, try
Taqueria El Mariachi
196 Willow St (Waltham)
Phone: (781) 642-7410
They are in the original VietFoods location, which is about the size
of an RV.
Eskwired 2012-04-20 13:06:55
I’m glad to see that they are gone. One evening, I contemplated heating
up some leftovers, but instead decided to visit SoCal.
I ordered a broiled boneless chicken breast, brown rice, and some veggies.
As I was waiting, I wandered around, and looked into the “kitchen”.
Inside, someone took some brown rice and a cooked chicken breast out of
the fridge, put it on a plate, and popped it into the microwave.
If I wanted reheated leftovers, I could have had tastier ones at home.
I’ve never been back.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
–Edward R. Murrow
Mombu 2012-04-20 13:06:57
My one visit wasn’t even that memorable – I only vaguely remember the
sandwich I ordered (Roast Beef wrap?) and that the place was empty.
I also noticed some renovations at the Italian sandwich shop further
up Moody. The outdoor sign was down, so I expect they’ve closed
too. They had some good reviews, I’m sorry that I never got to try
Mombu 2012-04-20 19:34:27
New, apparently. Guanachapi’s, 781-788-8590/8591.