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La Posada

1312 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-316-8300
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Ranked #25 of 89 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $5 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef, goat and ostrich production and meat dishes, in particular the well-known arrachera cut.The six regions of Mexico differ greatly in their cuisines. In the Yucatán, for instance, a unique, natural sweetness (instead of spiciness) exists in the widely used local produce along with an unusual love for achiote seasoning. In contrast, the Oaxacan region is known for its savory tamales, celebratory moles, and simple tlayudas while the mountainous regions of the West (Jalisco, etc.) are known for goat birria (goat in a spicy tomato-based sauce).Central Mexico's (DURANGO where we are from.) cuisine is largely influenced by the rest of the country, but has unique dishes such as barbacoa, pozole, menudo and carnitas.Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. The cuisine of Southeastern Mexico has a considerable Caribbean influence due to its location. Seafood is commonly prepared in states that border the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, the latter having a famous reputation for its fish dishes, à la veracruzana.
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Description: Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef, goat and ostrich production and meat dishes, in particular the well-known arrachera cut.The six regions of Mexico differ greatly in their cuisines. In the Yucatán, for instance, a unique, natural sweetness (instead of spiciness) exists in the widely used local produce along with an unusual love for achiote seasoning. In contrast, the Oaxacan region is known for its savory tamales, celebratory moles, and simple tlayudas while the mountainous regions of the West (Jalisco, etc.) are known for goat birria (goat in a spicy tomato-based sauce).Central Mexico's (DURANGO where we are from.) cuisine is largely influenced by the rest of the country, but has unique dishes such as barbacoa, pozole, menudo and carnitas.Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. The cuisine of Southeastern Mexico has a considerable Caribbean influence due to its location. Seafood is commonly prepared in states that border the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, the latter having a famous reputation for its fish dishes, à la veracruzana.
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English first
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Stale tacos straight from Stop & Shop, bland salsa are an apt warning that a passionless dining experience awaits you at this noisy storefront restaurant in Arlington Heights. Indifferent, clueless waitstaff seem unwilling or unable to answer our basic foodie questions. "Is anything spicy", we ask. "Nothing spicy here" is the reply by the hostess/manager. That about sums it up.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We brought my parents here for Christmas vacation and we all enjoyed it. I ordered the Verde Burrito and the beef and seasonings were good, but it had a lot of beans. My mom had the chicken burrito and it didn't have many beans. The salsa was good with a strong Mexican Oregano flavor and some jalapenos. The Guacamole was... More

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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121 reviews 121 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

It was not fancy but it was absolutely delicious. I had their appetizer platter for my main meal and my husband had enchiladas. Everything was wonderful. I could see into the kitchen when the door was ajar and it was very clean as well. BYOB beer and wine and it was less than $30 including the tip for the two... More

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

When you're looking for a great Mexican food and want to save on your overall bill, bring your own beer or wine to this little hidden jem. Recently enjoyed dinner with three other friends and not only was the food great it was very reasonable. The staff is friendly and caring as if you are a guest in their home.... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Run by a family, this is my favorite kind of restaurant: small, simple with great food. Try the scallops or the enchiladas. They have terrific fruit juices, like guava, tamarind, or lemon-lime. Fresh hot chips with a slightly spicy salsa. I could go once a week!

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Living in the area temporarily after just starting a job in the USA. This place is walking distance from the house for me and that concerns me since I fear I will be coming a little too often! I went around 19:30 on a Thursday and almost every table was full. I had an amazing slow cooked pork dish with... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Not Tex-Mex - real Mexican cuisine at affordable prices. This family run storefront restaurant is located in the Arlington Heights business district. The food is prepared with care from fresh ingredients. The staff helpful and friendly. The perfect casual dinner spot. Bring your on wine and beer. We have eaten there more than a dozen times and every menu item... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

La posada is delicious and friendly. Love the fish tacos and the ensalada de nopales. Great selection of jugos and agua frescas, but BYO wine or beer. Very small, few tables.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The food is exceptional and authentic. It is a quaint little place where you BYOB and eat delicious traditional mexican food. We have been about 6 or 7 times since we discovered it. The food is consistently great. The service is mixed but it is worth it for the great food.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We stopped in last Saturday for lunch with our son. At first we were the only customers. The restaurant was a little dingy looking for my taste. The restroom was dirty - funny there was a cleaning schedule posted on the door but I guess nobody is doing it? My husband had a soup with meatballs in it - he... More

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