Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Besito Mexican

A few months ago I shared my surprisingly pleasant experience at Margaritas, and then as luck would have it, I got invited to try out another Mexican spot — this time, Besito Mexican. My first introduction was actually over the summer, when their new Burlington location opened, but I wasn’t able to make the trek up to Burlington at the time. Fortunately, I had another opportunity to check it out when their Chestnut Hill location opened up this fall, and jumped at the chance. The restaurant is a hop, skip and a jump from my new office in Burlington, which could definitely prove to be dangerous!

I honestly knew nothing about Besito before visiting a few weeks ago. When reading up on them beforehand, I learned that they opened in 2006 — first in New York, where they have two restaurants, and then a third location in Connecticut. Their Burlington location, which opened this past summer, was their first in MA, followed by the opening of their Chestnut Hill location this past fall.

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Absolutely loved this art piece! Horses have my heart. (as does Mexican food…)

Before dining, I perused the menu, and was delighted to see a lot of really intriguing options. I arrived a bit earlier than the friend I had invited as my date, so I scoped out a table that looked like it was well enough lit (#FoodBloggerProblems), and as soon as she arrived, we were hastily seated. (You’ll soon see that the “well lit” table was hardly that, hence the terrible low-light/iPhone-lit photos, but I hope you’ll get the gist of it!)

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Our waitress, whose name I didn’t get but should have, was a total delight. She addressed us a bit in Spanish, and since I know a few words here and there, I responded in Spanish a couple of times. I think it threw her off, but she remained so cheery and attentive the whole time. Always makes for a more pleasant experience!

 

 

She recommended right away that we try their tableside guacamole, Guacamole en Molcajete (with red onion, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro – $11.95) , which we eagerly agreed to, and also each ordered their signature margarita, the Besito Patron Margarita (Patron Respado tequila, Cointreau, pomegranate-tangerine juice, fresh lime juice), which I thought was pretty fantastic. Not too sweet, not to tart, pleasantly fruity — just the right balance.

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They serve chips and salsa almost as soon as you sit down, and their chips are fantastic — super crispy, delicate, and perfectly salted. Their salsa is also delish — I had to keep myself from devouring all of the chips and salsa and ruining my appetite for the even better stuff! (For the spice-conscious, the salsa has a bit of a kick, but I’m pretty spice-averse, and I enjoyed it!)

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My friend and I decided to split several things, so we could each have plenty of tastes. We picked a couple things off the appetizer menu, and then one entree to share. Our waitress also convinced us (it wasn’t hard) to get a side of the Elotes de la Calle (Roasted Mexican street corn, queso fresco, chile molido – $4.95). This ended up being a delicious choice too, and I loved that it was served cut off the cob.

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Everything came out at once, and our little corner table was completely overloaded with food (see below). We ordered WAY too much for two people, but still managed to make quite a dent in it! (And subsequently were stuffed to the gills, and in need of long naps as soon as we left.)  We tried the Queso Fundido (Baked queso Chihuahua, rajas, chorizo, cilantro, white onion – $8.95), which came in a cute little skillet and was full of dense, flavorful cheese. We ordered another basket of chips to devour this, but it was also served with little corn tortillas. Points for authenticity!

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We also tried the Quesadilla de Calabaza (Squash blossoms, roasted green chile, queso Chihuahua, organic crimini and button mushrooms, salsa verde cruda, pico de gallo, crema – $8.95), which was quite delicious. I don’t think I would have detected the squash blossoms had I not known they were in there, but the green chile and the mushrooms were definitely front and center. I really enjoyed the quesadilla — great balance of fillings and cheese.

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For our entree, we split the Enchiladas Carnitas (Pork carnitas baked in a black bean jalapeƱo salsa, salsa molcajete, crispy bacon, queso fresco, onions, cilantro – $19.95), which was incredibly flavorful, delicious and wonderful. I was a bit nervous about it being too spicy with jalapeno in the salsa, but it wasn’t at all. The pork was so tender and well seasoned, the black bean salsa really rich and decadent, and the crispy bacon bits just the most wonderful garnish. It might have been a touch over-salted, but I can’t really fault the dish at all. It went incredibly well with the side of street corn.

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To round out the meal, we ordered a Tres Leches cake, which was also quite good. I’d admittedly never had one before, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but it was really tasty. And as if that wasn’t enough, we each got a churro with the check! Those I have had plenty of times, and the Besito churros were out of control. I was so full I could barely stand it, and yet I finished the whole churro. So. Good.

 

 

I left stuffed and satisfied after this meal, and I would definitely go back. From the decor to the service to the food — it was all quite pleasant, and the prices are reasonable. Besito also has a program where a portion of their meal proceeds goes to feel school children in Mexico, which is just the icing on the cake.

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Disclaimer: This meal was offered to me free of charge by Besito Mexican. As usual, all opinions expressed here are my own.



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