MEXICAN/SPANISH

Here are Mexican/Spanish restaurants in Schenectady.

Follow the links for full reviews.

Casa Real: Hannaford Plaza, Altamont Ave. Rotterdam, NY

Hot Harry’s Burritos: 1625 Union St. Schenectady, NY 518-374-2812

Bombers Burrito Bar: 447 State St. Schenectady, NY 518-374-3548

Inca Maya Cafe: 1500 State St. Schenectady, NY 518-357-8988

The Point Cafe: 962 Helderburg Ave. Schenectady, NY 518-395-9717

La Mexicana Grocery & Restaurant: 1759 State St. Schenectady, NY

4 Responses to MEXICAN/SPANISH

  1. Bob says:

    The Point DINER (on State St) closed several months ago, but fear not, fans, the Point Cafe is still putting out great food at Guilderland & Helderburg Avenues.

    At 1500 State St you will now find the Inca Maya Cafe. Like the Point was, the menu is mostly very reasonably priced “diner fare”, with a heavy touch of Italian for the lunch & dinner entrees, plus a scattering of foods from south of the border.

    Asking about the rather unusual name, I found that the owners were from Peru, land of the Incas, and Guatamala, land of the Mayans.

    Given the stories we hear about the Mayan calendar, I am glad to report that the cafe owners hope to be serving well after the alleged end of the world in December.

    Enjoyed the tacos, tamales, empanadas, pork chops, NY Strip, lasagna, and pancakes. Not all at one sitting! Yes, I’ve returned several times. A few weeks ago I found a large cabinet filled with various fresh bread items, a “panaderia” (bread bakery – the owner has made bread elsewhere for years) with various bread loaves, rolls, cookies and sweet breakfast rolls. Oh yes, like MacArthur said, “I will return!”

  2. Bob says:

    The last 2 months have been good for finding great southern (as in south of the border) food. I’ve gone a few times to Casa Real, on Altamont Ave in the strip mall where Walmart, Hanneford & Staples are. Casa Real is located where Scarborough’s once was.

    I’ve had burritos, enchiladas, tamales, flautas, and my favorite, Mexican chicken soup, although I don’t know if the chicken was acually Mexican or not. Nice flavors all, and not overly spicy for those afraid of Mexican/TexMex food. There’s bottles of hot sauce, for those inclined to spice things up. The salsa & chips were delicious – nice nip with the salsa. I’ve tried most desserts, and like the pineapple burrito the best.

    A year ago, Schenectady County hurt for lack of Mexican, and now there’s Moe’s opening in the same mall as Casa Real, Inca Maya on State, and La Mexicana on State Street, maybe 5 doors west of Blue Ribbon Diner. What a great alternative to pizza, pizza and pizza.

  3. Bob says:

    4 visits in 2 months to La Mexicana Grocery & Restaurant, 1759 State St, Schenectady just west of Stewarts & Blue Ribbon in the Woodlawn section. Little family-run neighborly grocery store selling mostly Hispanic items, plus a nice little cafe. Many combination dinners for under $10, and I’d be surprised if more the 3 items are over $10. Nachos plate big enough to kill a horse! Most meals with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, lengua (tongue) or chorizo. I tend to have pork. Cooler full of imported soft drinks & juices. Friendly family service. Excellent salsa served with the chips.

    As much as I like Italian, I feel Schenectady is finally saved from having an almost all-Italian food offering. I will return to this place often!

    When my arm stops aching, I will talk about Flores Family Restaurant near Light’s Funeral Home – near the “guy streets” … Henry, Frank, Edward.

  4. Editor says:

    Bob,
    Thank you for you comments and suggestions.
    I agree, as much as I love Italian food it is fantastic that Schenectady
    has some excellent alternatives.

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