Bright and cheerful, the ambiance at A Taste of Mexico transports you to an oasis south of the border. Felipe Cruz, the owner, smiles as he goes from table to table greeting the regular lunch crowd that fills the space, spilling onto the patio when weather permits. The friendly atmosphere, attentive service, and authentic fare draw diners to all three of his locations: 180 Nassau Street in Princeton, Princeton Shopping Center on Harrison Street, and El Oaxaqueno #2 at 260 Drift Street in New Brunswick.

Dinner entrees range in price from $6.99 to $10.99 and include traditional Mexican favorites like tamales, enchiladas, marinated pork, and flautas. His mole sauce (a rare find on many Mexican menus) is a special recipe with more than 40 ingredients including chocolate, raisins, a variety of peppers, and more. In addition to being tasty, most of the dishes are steamed and grilled with only the flautas and chips deep-fried in vegetable oil. Many low-fat platters such as grilled quesadillas, shrimp, chicken, steak and a selection of salads may be found on the menu.

Ditch the bagels and pancakes and wake up with a hot breakfast of Huevos Ranchero (fried eggs with black beans and ranchero salsa topped with fresh cheese) and flour tortillas or opt for the Spanish Continental (fired eggs, black beans, and tomato salsa, topped with queso fresco) dand flour tortillas. The Spanish Continental, with fried eggs, black beans, and tomato salsa, topped with fresh cheese, is another tasty option and comes with Fried plaintains and flour tortillas.

Or take a break in the middle of a busy day and fuel up for the afternoon by taking advantage of the restaurant’s $7.99 lunch special, which is available until 3 p.m. daily. Your choice of a burrito, two tacos, two tostadas, or two enchiladas comes with rice, beans, and all the chips and salsa you can eat.

Whichever meal you decide to have at Taste of Mexico, you can’t go wrong. The attention to authentic detail, healthy cooking, and pleasing presentation will surely make it a memorable dining experience.

A Taste of Mexico, 180 Nassau Street, down the alley behind Cox’s Market. 609-924-0500.

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