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“Authentic Mexican food”
Review of La Tienda Latina

La Tienda Latina
Ranked #19 of 570 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Delivery
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery
Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican food”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

I absolutely love their mole sauce which is always on the table. Excellent burritos and Jalapeno poppers. Must try the fajitas and fresh chips and salsa. I am not a fan of their fried Tilapia although I like the fish.

Visited August 2012
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Captiva Island, Florida
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

The chicken chimichanga is... to die for. I recommend substituting plantains for the rice and beans, but that's just me. Also, the queso is pretty delish too, if you're a chips and dip kinda fella.

  • Visited August 2012
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Lanham, Maryland
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican food and very affordable”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Love the shrimp quesadilla and queso! This place is definitely casual. You order the food at the front counter and it will be brought to your table. It gets a little loud inside when it's crowded, so there is always the option to order takeout.

Visited August 2012
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Key West, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Mexican food in Gainesville”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

The only restaurant in Gainesville serving authentic Mexican food. Both the red and green mole sauce are wonderful. I also recommend the homemade quacamole and salsa.

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Gainesville, Florida
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265 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
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“Great guacamole and salsa, decent food ==> Meh!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Continuing the ongoing quest for great Mexican food in Gainesville, the three of us (me, wife and hypercritical son), turned to the "highly rated on web sites like these" destination La Tienda. We left with full stomachs and mixed feelings. Here's why.

La Tienda is about as low-key as you can get in terms of decor. The interior is a large space with strategically situated tables and booths with some Mexican knick-knacks around the ceiling. To order, you approach the counter, study the overhead menu and place your order with some young people behind the counter who add to the authenticity. After paying, you take a numbered marker to your table and wait for the food...we did not have to wait long.

First out was our appetizer: salsa with chips and guacamole. This was a good call. The chips were, well, chips. The salsa looked fresh and was pretty chunky, infused with a nice level of heat. The guacamole, served on a paper plate, was generous, chunky, fresh and had a nice touch of cilantro. Coating a chip with dollops of guacamole and salsa created something almost worthy of a meal; not bad for $4.50. See the picture.

Next was the chicken burrito. It was of generous size with a warm, fresh flour tortilla wrapper. Unfortunately, the inside of the burrito was not as good as the outside. While there was a sizable portion of pinto beans and rice, their flavors were just so-so. The chicken, also of generous quantity, tasted like it had been scooped out of metal bowl that had been sitting on a steam table and fell far short of the freshly grilled chicken I expect.

The chicken fajita, served on a paper plate and not the sizzling plates we usually see, was decent. The grilled green peppers, onions and tomatoes had a nice flavor. The chicken, while grilled, was overcooked and dried. We asked for flour tortillas, which were excellent. The fajita comes with two small bottles of sauce: a mild avocado sauce and a red sauce that packs some serious heat. The side plate of pinto beans, rice, tomato and lettuce is generously sized. See the picture.

We all enjoyed the salsa with guacamole. My wife thought the fajita at Mexico Lindo was better (and I agree). The burrito was disappointing. My son enjoyed the fajita enough that he said if he lived downtown, he would come back. I hope he enjoys it.

  • Visited September 2012
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