Andale Mexican Grill
Mexican food with Salvadoran flair
by Tatsu Ikeda
Finding Mexican food with real flair is a problem. Where's the Latin romance in
rapid-fire burrito slinging? Andale Mexican Grill, located in Somerville's
Magoun Square, keeps it real, Salvadoran-style. The family-owned
taquería has steadily built a reputation with locals and Tufts students
alike; it won us over with interesting reinterpretations of Mexican stand-bys,
and with its high-quality ingredients -- no pre-prepared meat and veggies
indelicately dumped onto steam tables.
We recommend the revelationary papa, or mashed-potato, burrito ($3.95 small,
$4.95 large). A friend loved the "bisteck sincronizada" ($6.95 small, $7.95
huge), which resembles a Fenway-size quesadilla filled with steak. Normal
quesadillas are also on the menu ($1.95/$2.95). The salsa is charmingly rustic,
with chips made on the premises. The guacamole? The most disarmingly original
in recent memory, with strips of green onion.
Andale also serves several Salvadoran specialties, including pupusas, and
one-ups the competition with three dessert choices. Despite very modest
décor, diners eat with real flatware and china, a nice touch. To drink,
there's horchata ($1.50), a rice-based drink with overtones of cinnamon and
coffee. True to the name, service is quick, and if Magoun Square seems a bit
far, keep in mind that Andale is open till midnight.
Andale Mexican Grill, located at 513 Medford Street, in Somerville, is open
daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Call (617) 625-5454.
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