Jose's is a tiny, quaint little Mexican restaurant in North Cambridge on Sherman Street, right in the middle of a residential neighborhood. We were intrigued with the place, partially because it won Best of Boston for "affordable Mexican food" in 2004, and partially because it was down the street from our friends' house.
The menu definitely has some authentic Mexican fare that you woudn't find at your typical burrito place. For example, Bryan ordered the Dona Reyna's Chile Rellenos ($10.95), which are poblano peppers stuffed with cheese and beef. I ordered pozole del dia ($5.95 small, $8.95 large), a chicken and white corn stew with cilantro, onion, oregano, and lime. The menu also has Mexican dishes with which you may be more familiar, such as enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and chimichangas.
Over all, the food was pretty good, though not the best Mexican we've had in Boston (that might go to Tu y Yo, which I'll discuss at a later date in another blog entry).
The free homemade salsa was very good, and you get a choice of heat level (mild, medium, hot). The homemade chips were a bit on the stale side, but the salsa was so tasty we kept eating the chips regardless.
Bryan liked his chile rellenos dish. The poblano pepper together with the beef and cheese was tasty without being overpowering. Flavors were balanced, and the dish was satisfying.
My soup was too salty for my taste, and even too salty for Bryan (who has a much higher tolerance for salt!). I did think the puffy white corn pieces were unique and interesting. The blend of lime, cilantro, oregano, and onion gave the soup a fragrant and unique flavor, which would have tasted really good had the soup been less salty.
Supposedly, the restaurant is great for margaritas (they have 32 tequilas and 10 Mexican beers!) although we did not really try any drinks (except for the Corona) this time around. If you're in the area, it's worth visiting this place. The food is authentic, tasty, and reasonably priced.
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