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“Excelentísimo”
Review of La Costenita

La Costenita
Ranked #13 of 73 Restaurants in Hillsborough
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: Established in 2008, La Costenita offers a variety of dishes from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Alicia Arango, owner and head chef, brings you the delicate and vibrant flavors of her native state. Her dishes are sure to excite your palate as she brings you the best culinary experience from Mexico.
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Description: Established in 2008, La Costenita offers a variety of dishes from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Alicia Arango, owner and head chef, brings you the delicate and vibrant flavors of her native state. Her dishes are sure to excite your palate as she brings you the best culinary experience from Mexico.
Hopewell, New Jersey
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111 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Excelentísimo”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We found La Costenita through a Tripadvisor search. We were looking for a local(ish) Mexican restaurant that we hadn’t tried before and we were well rewarded.

La Costenita is a small grocery store / eatery tucked into a Hillsborough strip mall. In the front of the store there are several colorful tables for patrons to sit and enjoy their meals. In the back is a series of counters and cases stocked with prepared foods and items for purchase. The walls are lined with grocery shelves (lots of chilies and hot sauces). It has a very neighborly feel.

The young staff behind the counter was pleasant and polite. They engaged in a lively discussion as they prepared our orders. In the far back corner was a small counter with three stools occupied by some enthusiastic teens. They watched intently as a young lady worked the grill situated directly behind the counters. The pace was slow and easy; no one was harried or rushed. I perused the shelves of Mexican staples while I waited.

We ordered nachos with crispy pork, chicken enchiladas and a spicy chicken burrito. Everything was delicious. But, what stood out most was the freshness of the ingredients. Our nachos were exceptional. They didn’t look like the nachos we are used too, masses of unrecognizable fixings glued together with yellow processed cheese. Instead, the crispy chips were smattered with “goo-less” black beans and a white tangy cheese. The enchiladas and the burritos were equally enjoyable, fresh and tasty.

Looking forward to a return trip.

One warning, the main courses were spicy! If you prefer a more moderate level of heat speak up when you place your order!

  • Visited October 2013
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Flemington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican Food!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

I have had food from la costenita many times. Every time is just as good as the last. All the food is authentic, no Tex-Mex no Southern California. The burritos are excellent, even the breakfast burrito is phenomenal. To compare la costenita to a chipotle or any other chain is insulting, that is not the type of Mexican food they serve. It is all authentic! I urge everyone in the area to try this hidden gem.

  • Visited April 2013
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“HIdden Gem”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

The kitchen in the back of this grocery is amazing! The food is so fresh and flavorful. The owner is always so friendly. It is very reasonably priced. It's mainly a takeout place but the food tastes just as fresh once you get it home. Their portions are generous and the flavor is authentic.

Visited March 2013
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