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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

REVIEW: El Mariachi

RESTUARANT REVIEW: Believe it or not, I had never been to El Mariachi ($$$, 1, 92, Washington Ave., east of Lark Street) until last night. Don't know why. I guess I've never been finicky about my Mexican food. But then one of my wife's co-workers - who has a Mexican wife of his own - found out that we were frequenting El Loco, and they had to set us straight. Which they did. I thought it was just grand. (We went to the El Mariachi on Washington; we hear the one on Hamilton is not as good, but has an outdoor patio; they are also soon expanding to Saratoga). The menu at El Mariachi is quite varied, and the food was absolutely delicious. The experts who brought us there add that it's very authentic. We started off with some Tamarindo and Fresa to drink while we chowed down on real fried tortilla chips. The chips came with two types of salsa, as well as cream, which was certainly a surprise. SJC got a chicken enchilada; I had some steak fajitas and a chicken taco. We thoroughly enjoyed it all. Most recently ate here: August, 2005.

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At 9:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

This restaurant was terrible. Expensive and not much for it. Everything was bland. The salsa was bland, the fajitas were HORRIBLY bland, the margaritas really not much to speak of. This place needs to decide whether to be a hole-in-the-wall and serve good downhome mexican food (and ADD SOME SPICE for god's sakes) or be a spanish restaurant. You can't be both.    



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