Tacos & Margaritas at Cocina Chente

I don’t know about you all, but probably 75% of the pages I follow on Instagram are just restaurants I want to try out someday. Cocina Chente in Riverdale is no exception. Bright colors, a hanging bicycle, a cute outdoor eating area, and of course gorgeous (and tasty) food – these are the things Instagram foodies dream of.  My friend and I decided to check it out on one of the few and far between nice weather days we’ve been having.

The first thing I noticed was the decor – someone put a lot of thought into all of the little details here and it absolutely pays off. The ambience is fun and lively, with a million conversations going on at once (in a good way. Have you ever been to a quiet restaurant? It’s weird.)

It was super packed, but we were able to get a table pretty quickly. I ordered the carnitas tacos and my friend opted for the tequila-lime salmon. I wanted to try the chili tacos, but they don’t allow mixing and matching, so I’ll give them a try next time. Both were really good, but I think I liked the salmon even more than the tacos. Of course, we kept the margaritas flowing all night.

Their brunch menu also looks super legit so hopefully I’ll get try it out soon.

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Dinner at Taqueria Tlaxcalli

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This beautiful sight is the braised pork burrito from Taqueria Tlaxcalli. Located at 2103 Starling Ave. (just a couple storefronts down from the well-known Bangladeshi spot Neerob.) This past week, the New York Times wrote a profile on TT. Granted, it’s a fine article and because I love this place so much I know they deserve the press. But I’m conflicted because since beginning my love affair with this place a year ago, it’s been one of my favorite hidden gems in the borough. Now, the Times wants to come in and tell the world! I actually had to wait on line to be seated tonight! *GASP*

Honestly, though, this place is awesome and if you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out.