La Gloria de Mexico
This is part of the “get out of Hoboken” series, and we owe today’s review to loyal Hoboken411 reader, “bmac”. Thanks for the comprehensive review! I only wish I had the time (or the smarts) to be so thorough. 411 will be visiting soon enough, and add a viewpoint as well as some pictures.
Description: Authentic and affordable Mexican restaurant.
Services: See review below.
Address: 602 Palisades Avenue, Jersey City, 07307
Menu: Click HERE to download or view
How to get there: drive up the 14th street viaduct, turn left. Turn right at Patterson Plank, then make an immediate left onto Palisade Ave (careful, traffic goes in both directions on this narrow street). The restaurant is a small storefront on the corner, about one long block up on the left side. Plenty of on-street parking when I went on a week night. Travel time — minimal from uptown Hoboken; just get past the gas stations and you’re home free.
See the review below!
A cozy little neighborhood joint that would be right at home in Queens or a cleaner, friendlier version of Manhattan. The proprietor was a nice man of about 50, completely fluent in English. A few tables, the smooth jazz station playing on the radio, minimal Mexico-kitchy things like the obligatory calendar and a Mary of Guadalupe in the back, but overall, just a nice neighborhood joint. (Not a fast food joint.) Did not appear to have a liquor license. BYO?
I ordered a trio of mixed tacos, trio of sopes (?) (special this night, homemade tortilla/pancake with toppings), duo of quesadillas and duo of tamales. Price: $30. Enough food for me, wife and wife’s mother, with a tamale and quesadilla remaining for leftovers. Some chorizo, some carnitas (pork), some beef.
Genuine home cookin’. Apparently all cooked to order (except the tamales). I prefered the carnitas. Mild. Mexican, not Tex-Mex. Most items had a vaguely soapy flavor, which is authentic, from the real cilantro used therein.
Each taco is a pair of soft white corn tortillas wrapped around approx. 1/6 lb. of meat. (Authentic, based on my experiences.) Give it a squirt of fresh lime juice and some red salsa (not the chunky American stuff (which is closer to pico de gallo), more like a runny sauce made from mild chiles).
A bit of meat, black bean, white cheese (cortija? fresco?), and salad on a flour tortilla/pancake, about the diameter of a medium hamburger bun and cooked on the spot.
A little overcooked, prepared in banana leaves. Large. One green w/ pork (in the fridge for tomorrow), one red with chicken. OK, not bad.
Carnitas was my favorite meat. Portions were adequate but not huge. Prices are low enough to order enough other stuff to fill up. (For example, tamales are very inexpensive.) Tastes like home cooking. Not earth shattering, but genuine, fill you up, goodness.
Definitely worth getting again, trying stuff from the real dinner menu (moles, rellenos, stuff like that). Not American Tex-Mex, so don’t expect a monster Mission Burrito or a plate of nachos with black olives and sour cream. Similar to Charritos crossed with a taqueria, but without Charrito’s high prices, or Baja’s crowds and loud music. Also more down-home than Charritos or Baja. This is the joint to go to when you want to eat and talk at a low price, not yell and walk out $50 lighter in the wallet. Looking forward to an excuse to try other items off the menu.