Rincón Mexicano: Tastes from a Little Corner of Home
Rincón Mexicano is a vibrant oasis of authentic Mexican fare on Broadway in East Somerville. My husband and I went for a relaxed Sunday lunch, and found owner Lorenzo Reyes and his team serving a delicious selection of flautas, tostados and enchiladas to their hungry patrons. By the time we finished our meal, we had found our new weekly take-out spot.
The experience of eating at Rincón Mexicano, with its brilliant décor, attentive staff and adoring customers, is just as satisfying as the food itself. But let’s start with the food, because man, it was good, and I’ve been dreaming about it since I left! We had the taco with carnitas, which was perfectly spiced, tender and tangy. The flautas – fried to perfection with a lovely chicken, potato and cheese filling, and topped with green and red sauces made in-house – were so good I almost ordered another to go. Finally, the chicken enchiladas (which we ordered with both mole and green sauce, since it was too hard to choose!) were to die for – expertly cooked and seasoned. In particular, the mole sauce was the best I’ve ever had, and as I later found out, it is made in-house with no less than 25 different spices.
Lorenzo took some time to chat with us after bringing us our meal, and told us a bit about the restaurant. He and his brother Ricardo, of Framingham, MA, found this cozy spot on Broadway about three years ago and thought it would be a great place to bring their authentic Mexican flavors to the East Somerville community. It turns out the neighborhood went wild for their fare, and now, the brothers are expanding their restaurant into the space next door, so there will be more seating for their eager patrons.
Lorenzo, with his friendly manner and kind smile, is clearly a man who doesn’t cut corners. “We focus on what we do well,” he told us. He is proud of the way he and his brother have focused on creating high-quality, authentic Mexican cuisine, resisting the urge to shift into a fusion restaurant, as can be trendy these days. As a result, they’ve made their mark by perfecting their traditional Mexican recipes, quickly making Rincón Mexicano both a unique and reliable staple in Somerville’s ever-changing restaurant landscape. The brothers and their staff make everything they can in-house, including their delicious salsas and famous mole sauce.
We certainly weren’t alone in our adoration for Lorenzo’s food. As we ate, we chatted with a young family, the Valencias. It was their first time at the restaurant as well, and they had come from Waltham with their toddler to give Rincón Mexicano a try. They raved about the meal they had – tacos with guacamole, tortilla soup, and flan – and said they’d definitely be back to further explore the restaurant’s robust menu.
We can’t wait to sample some more of the Reyes brother’s delicious eats at the YUM event in April, and stop by to try more of their delicious meals. Thank you Lorenzo and Ricardo for a refreshing and unforgettable taste of Mexico!
Rincón Mexicano is located 99 Broadway in Somerville, MA. You can contact them or (order for free delivery in Somerville and Charlestown) by calling 617 776 1200. Visit their website at http://www.rinconmexicanosomerville.com/
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YUM: A Taste Immigrant City benefits the work of The Welcome Project, which is Somerville’s largest immigrant and advocacy organization, serving over 200 families each year. The event will be held April 6 at the Arts at the Armory. To purchase event sponsorships or tickets click here.