Saturday, 10 May 2014

Good “ole” Time in Bradford – La Mexicanada


Saturday, May 3, 2014

We were lucky enough to get a last minute reservation at this place on Saturday night. Since the Toronto Star wrote a piece on it, and someone named it the best Mexican food in Ontario, you couldn’t pay someone for their reservation… Needless to say, my expectations were mixed. On the one hand, you get the Star noticing you outside of Tranna, which is a feat in and of itself. On the other hand, it’s Bradford – how good can it be? Where is Bradford you ask? Somewhere north of said Tranna, pretty much in marshland.

Confused yet? Add this : you arrive and you notice that attached to back of this Mexican restaurant is an island-inspired restaurant boasting such dishes as curried goat. (Side note: if the island place is half as good as La Mexicanada I’ll make the drive down next weekend…)

The restaurant probably hasn’t updated their décor since it opened. But trust me, this is not a bad thing – there is some kind of vibe and soul to this place, that you can’t just make happen with some shiny new mirrors, tables and chairs. The menu is classic and authentic, with a little bit of flair. The tacos are served with corn-based tortillas (classically delish!) but also with cilantro and onions (flair). Spicy definitely means spicy, mild means mild. All diners will be happy and sated. The service is fast, but not rushed; the servers friendly, and the margaritas cold.

If you aren’t convinced yet, then let me tempt you with the churros and the tequila. Wide selection of smooth tequilas to help digest the indulgent, crispy-on-the-outside soft-on-the-inside churros served with a Mexican version of dulce de leche. Try the coffee. I won’t ruin the experience by telling you what they do it… It’s quite simply the best end to a taste bud explosion of a meal.

Rating: It’s so good, every table has a reservation at 5, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:45.

-Rachel

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