Saturday, 7 January 2012

Authentic Mexican Food in Cambridge, Ontario!!

Latino America Unida Mexican Restaurant - 
18 Concession Street Unit 101, Cambridge, ON 

In her opinion:

I love Mexico. I love the people of Mexico. I love Mexican music. But I love Mexican food the most. Corn, cilantro, chorizo, peppers, etc. combining together in one form or another make me happy. Lately, my little city has been blessed with a couple of authentic Mexican restaurant/grocery store combos - El Rinconsito Mexicano and Latino America Unida. Both are in downtown Galt (for those of you that don't live in Cambridge, it's made up of three distinct towns; Galt, Preston and Hespeler) and both restaurants are great. Tonight we decided to have dinner from Latino America Unida.  This restaurant/grocery is run by a lovely Mexican family - Guadalupe, Mauricio, Mauricio Jr. and Ernie. They have been friendly and very informative about the different Mexican products that they sell.

Mauricio, Guadolupe, Mauricio Jr. & Ernie.
The grocery store and restaurant.

The menu is not huge but what they have is excellent. They have burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, sopes and huaraches. Pricing is extremely reasonable. Buritos (pollo, chorizo, cochinitas, etc.) are $4.99 for a small or $6.99 for a large. Three tacos (carnitas, chorizo, dorados, etc.) for $6.50. Quesadillas for $4.50 and huaraches for $4.50 or with meat for $4.99. So we decided to get our favourites for a quick take out dinner. Our order consisted of burrito de pollo and tacos de chorizo.

 Burrito de Pollo

Tacos de Chorizo

Both are excellent. The burrito has chicken, cheese, black beans, rice, sour cream, onion, cilantro and lettuce. Mexican hot or mild is optional. The tacos consist of chorizo (Mexican sausage, cheese, onions and cilantro.  Mexican hot or mild sauce is served on the side. These are both authentic tasting Mexican dishes that help me recount my various trips to the Mayan Riviera.

Tonight we had an extra surprise. Guadalupe was trying something new to add to the menu - Churros. All I can say is that she would be nuts not to add them.

Churros with an apple filling.

She gave my husband two to try. These were excellent. Just like the ones we had in Mexico. I hope she certainly does add them to the menu. I know I'll be ordering them.

I love this place. I hope more people go and try their food and keep them busy so they are around a very long time.

In his opinion:

This piece of Latino flavour with great Mexican food tucked away and can easily be passed by if you don't know it's there. It's your typical Latin American Tienda (store) with a very small kitchen in the back, cooking amazing food. 

The owners are extremely friendly. They are the ones that staff the restaurant with the warmth and joy that we have come to expect from our happy neighbours to the very south.

In our continuous search for good/ethnic food in our city, we try to experiment with many small, family run restaurants. We have loved this one since we first tried it. The menu is very Mexican and has many of the "expected" items of a Mexican restaurant in Canada.

This evening I drove down to pick up some chicken (pollo) burritos and chorizo tacos. The burritos are very tasty with choices of sauces from the sweet/tangy kind to the habanero type which is super spicy or maybe it's just my plain pallet that thinks it's deadly.  The chorizo tacos are amazing........double wrapped with Mexican tortillas, you get 3 per serving with a choice of sauce as well.

The good: You truly feel that you are arriving at their home for lunch, not their restaurant and the food is prepared in plain sight. It's always very fresh and tasty.
The bad: Many of the best things are still not on the menu as they are still experimenting with what clients want and what they can add. Ask what they also do that might not be in the menu.......well worth it.
Verdict: Great place.....friendly, convenient, you can do some shopping for Latin cooking items as you eat or pick up lunch or dinner.  It's all very accessible in price.

I give it a 3 out of 5 olives as rating.

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  2. Three out of five olives as rating is fair enough. Given that it’s just one of those typical small Latin American stores, it’s perfectly understandable that its menu is not as complete as those established Mexican restaurant. Well, the perks here is that the places gives at homey feeling and offers Mexican food at a reasonable price. Anyway, Thanks for sharing!

    Diane Baker @ Alejandra’s Restaurant

  3. More restaurants could be like this "We charge accordingly and pay our employees enough so they don't have to rely on tips" Tipping is bullshit. No other cultures have it

  4. Is this place still around?

  5. Hubby and I will drive from Woodstock & back for this place when we get the craving. We were lucky enough to be there tonight when they had tamales ready to go - a special treat. The Enchiladas de Mole are to die for - the best I've ever had!

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