Savoring the Fabulous, Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Jalapenos in Walpole, Massachusetts
Jalapenos Grill, Walpole, Mass.
Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on 4/20/17.
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You can tell that Jalapenos Grill in Walpole, MA, is
different from most of the local Mexican restaurants in the Boston
suburbs: the food isn't overwhelmed by salt and the overall freshness
of the Yucatan cuisine favors wholesome, full-bodied flavors over the
drive-through, pre-made, junk food-style stale specialties of the day
we're accustomed to.
What's more, the comfortable, large dining room with friendly
service, pleasant terra cotta-colored walls and open kitchen lends an
atmosphere makes Jalapenos a pleasant place to eat some of the best,
most authentic Mexican food in the area. In the warmer weather, they
also have colorful outdoor dining, overlooking a typical, pleasant
small New England downtown (although there needs to be some
revitalization to this potentially magnificent center).
Jalapenos serve appetizers, soups, quesadillas, burritos, tacos,
seafood, enchiladas, fajitas, and desserts like a chocolate Kahlua
sombrero cake and churros -- sort of like a Mexican pretzel. The food
can be ordered according to your threshold of spice preference, and the
kitchen is quite amenable to your dietary needs. In other words, you're
not limited to the text on the menu.
Jalapenos Grill is not inexpensive, as compared to, say, those Mexican
chain restaurants, but the meals are worth it given the flair for fresh
and creative dishes and ultimate high quality that's hard to find at
local Mexican restaurants.
We've been told that the owner, Ricardo Dorronsoro, seems to be here
most of the time He walks around the restaurant with a lot of pride and
purpose -- that's good news for you as this approach translates well
into some really great food! On my first visit at lunch, the salsa,
fresh tacos and the carne asada taco was out-of-this-world -- served on
a hot iron skillet) with onions and fresh homemade salsa. Served with
Mexican rice and black beans. On a previous visit, the Mexican salmon
tasted unlike any other Mexican dish I've had (in the best sense) -- a
fillet topped with orange glaze and mango salsa. and served with
Mexican rice and black beans.
Carne asada tacos from Jalapenos in Walpole.
Jalapenos Grill brings a true Mexican food presence to Walpole, as well
as a real downtown restaurant -- much needed in a town that could have
a great downtown but has let its former vibrancy slip into too many
empty storefronts and a revolving door of uninteresting stores.
Here's to Jalapeno's for not only serving some great Mexican food, but
perhaps starting the beginning of a potential downtown renaissance by
setting a good example of running a business with wide appeal, pride of
ownership and a really great product in its wonderful Mexican cuisine.
Jalapenos Grill, Walpole Center, 960 Main St., Walpole, MA Tel. (508)
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