Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Great Mexican Food is Just a Short Distance Away

Let’s face it, the South Shore is nowhere near the Mexican border, but that does not mean that locals need to step on a plane to enjoy good Mexican and Southwestern cuisine.  It can be found right here – and it is only minutes away! 

La Paloma Mexican restaurant is Zagat rated and offers some of the best Mexican cuisine north of the Rio Grande.  With two locations in both Quincy and Kingston, now taco night can become any night of the week.  From the vibrant sounds of Latin pop and authentic Mexican music to the refreshing taste of a prickly pear margarita, diners can be transported to a distinctly Mexican experience without ever hopping on a plane

La Paloma, literally meaning “the dove” touts itself as “simply the best Mex.” For almost 30 years this independently and locally owned restaurant has earned its title by creating dishes that balance both flavor and spice.  Mexican restaurants in the Northeast often have a tendency to mask the flavor of their food with spice but at La Paloma they focus on the taste of their dishes not just the heat.  Unlike certain Mexican themed fast food restaurants, this South Shore establishment uses fresh, flavorful, quality ingredients to achieve the unique balance of heat and flavor.  Each dish is made to order so that even the taste buds of the most finicky eater can be easily accommodated. 

La Paloma offers a wide array of Mexican style appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts.  There is a balance of semi-traditional and non-traditional Mexican dishes on the menu.  There are even a few “gringo” themed dishes. Entrees range from more traditional Mexican dishes such as paella and poblano relleno to Mexican inspired dishes like the chimichanga.  Much of the menu is Tex-Mex or American influenced fare such as tacos, fajitas and nachos. The menu is essentially a fusion of traditional and American influenced Mexican cuisine. The restaurant also offers a full bar with nearly 30 different tequilas, a wide array of margaritas and a variety of Mexican and American beers.  

Servers welcome each table with warm tortilla chips and fresh made salsa.  But don’t fill up too early on chips and salsa because La Paloma serves up generous portions that can satisfy the appetite of even the heartiest eaters. Their award winning salsa can also be purchased by the jar at the restaurant or at Stop-and-Shop supermarkets.

La Paloma’s Quincy location is in a strip mall and appears a bit drab from the outside but this appearance is deceiving.  As diners walk into the restaurant they become immersed in a richly unique environment that is both welcoming and fun.  The restaurant teems with authenticity and has a real homey feel about it.  The walls are displayed with vibrantly colored, Mexican themed art and décor accentuating Mexico’s Aztec, Mayan, and Spanish influences.

La Paloma’s recently opened Kingston location features the same menu as its flagship Quincy restaurant.  On August 10th the restaurant treated patrons to free food for its grand opening celebration.  It still has a few minor quirks to work out in the kitchen but overall food is just as enjoyable as its Quincy location.  To ensure that the quality of food in the Kingston restaurant is that same as the Quincy location, head chef Christo Canenquez plans on sticking around to work out all the kinks.

There is also a different feel within the Kingston restaurant.  This location has more of a modern, contemporary feel than its Quincy site.  They have toned down the Aztec, Mayan, and Spanish themed décor and chosen to keep a more simplified look.  But, there are a few small murals painted on the walls including elaborate scenes in the restrooms. Patrons who step inside the restrooms visit a lush tropical rainforest.  The jungle themed murals are exhilarating and intricately detailed.  A downside to this is that lines might be a bit longer waiting for the restrooms.

Entrees range from $8 to $16 with most dishes around $12.  La Paloma offers a discounted lunch or “almuerzo” menu with the same portions at a lower price from Tuesday to Saturday until 4 pm.  There are also themed specials such as “Texicana Tuesday’s,” “Fajita Frenzy” on Wednesdays, and a “Fiesta Platter” every Thursday.
La Paloma is family friendly and great for all ages. It can be both a cheap and fun night out with either friends or family. So hop in the car and swing by La Paloma for a great night of tacos, margaritas, and fun.

La Paloma is located at:
195 Newport Ave., Quincy
, Ma. 02170. (617) 773-0512.
Their newest location is
114 Main St. Kingston
, Ma. 02364. (781) 936-8172. 

Hours of operation are:  Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 am – 10 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 9 pm. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

La Paloma can also be found on the Web at:

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