Lexington: Ixtapa Cantina

Let's Eat by Kitty Kaufman, photo by Glynnis Grieco-Waters

Ixtapa Who would guess on a Tuesday a place is so packed you should make a reservation? Ixtapa Cantina is that place in Lexington at 7. It's hopping and everyone is having a good time. To say it's family-friendly is an understatement.

Someone is drinking something blue. It's a margarita enhanced with blue Curaçao and they are popular. Margaritas are the drinks of choice: there's your regular, your Cadillac with Grand Marnier, el presidente with Cointreau, and the ultimate which also has Cointreau, which leaves me confused. El presidente comes with a mystery ingredient "a little something we think you’ll enjoy" which is still a mystery because we didn't have one. We are not fond of mysteries in our cocktails. Still. Beer is icy cold, just the way we like it.

Ixtapa We order a taco salad which is big enough for a family. I would have liked it better had it come with the beef the waiter suggested. And Glynnis, who ordered chicken in her chimicangas, got my beef. We are polite, and we eat it. They are fine. They are big and fine. Portions are so big that every single table, in addition to those blue margaritas, has take-out containers piled up. And soon we do too. Wednesday for lunch I added avocado and vinaigrette dressing to the leftovers and it was swell since the shell stayed crisp.

You can be more adventurous: there are quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, soups, salads, kid meals, seafood, sandwiches, vegetarian plates and tacos (which sadly are not on the dinner menu). Most things come with good guacamole, good sour cream, beans and rice. We think it's a cool place with an emphasis on fresh. You'll find them in Woburn, Lunenburg and Groton.
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© April 24, 2013 - - Kitty Kaufman is a writer in Boston. See more food adventures at Corporate Edge and follow Kitty on Twitter
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