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Rebozos Mexican Foods

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on February 15, 2007 / review policy

RebozosLook no further than the icy heart of this past Valentine's Day blizzard as to why our citizenry seem so nearly pathological about 'authentically' correct ethnic food. This peculiar, culinary OCD comes from a belief that many, like myself, secretly harbour: aside from its many physically and spiritually nourishing qualities, good food is an excellent mode of transportation-- it can connect Toronto tables to lands more remote and exotic. How lucky then for those prepared to make the trek, brushing away the snow uncovers the best Taqueria in the city tucked away in an unassuming corner of Weston; a warm, welcoming Mexican bubble blown against the inhospitable Toronto winter.

Feelings of home inspired by this cantina's former--and occasionally re-appropriated--life as owner/chefs Teresa Medina and Indalecio Marroquin's living room mean you're just as likely to find younger family members home-working or telanovella-watching as adventurous foodies at the tables; and luckily, recently completed dining room expansion means everyone's welcome. Hospitality aside, the home cooked food's the thing as this Latino locus amoenus (that's happy place in the local currency, Jackson) dishes cuisine that impresses in both its simplicity and tasty reverence to Mexican street food.

Thaw your wintery bones with a steaming bowl of pazole (exceedingly generous piles of pulled pork and maise immersed in a spicy tomato broth, that goes a long way to justifying the $7 price-tag) or a tasty Tostada--a thin, crispy corn tortilla disc smothered with a generous helping of savory refried black beans and sour cream ($2) then add chicken, pork or chorizo for a dollar more.

The tacos are textbook. Cornflour tortillas surround all manner of filling such as Carnitas--succulent, fall-off-the-bone slow roasted pork humbly adorned with a sprinkle of coriander and spring onion ($2) can be dressed up with spoonfuls of tangy, cool tomatillo salsa or fiery, chili and coriander infused tomato salsa. Equally exceptional taco variations include chicken, beef or chorizo. For the daily specials, those same soft corn tortillas envelope insanely delicious conchinita pibil-- citrus-and-spice suffused pork shoulder marinated in 24 hours of cumin, yellow achote and OJ--so good you'll think you're licking actual sunshine off your fingers ($2.50 each) or surround cabezas-- luscious, sticky, slow-steamed (and low fat the chef assures me, yeah right) marinated beef cheeks and fried onions ($2.50). Rich with a luxurious combination of cheese, onion and tomatillo salsa, Huaraches see that stuffing (along with beef, chicken or in this case pork) spill over the edges of a thick, chewy imported 'sandal'-shaped tortilla ($7)

Wash the lot down with a bottle of Sangrita or Mexican green apple soda and and while it may be true that you're physically no closer to the equator than you when you woke up this morning, thanks to fine food steeped in culinary tradtion you'd be hard-pressed to beiieve you weren't in some steamy southern zocalo instead of the winter-white Toronto night.

Discussion

25 Comments

Steven / February 15, 2007 at 10:43 pm
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Where the hell is Rogers (at Boon)?

For the rest of us, go get Tacos al Asador at Bloor and Clinton. Pupusas are the national food of El Salvador, and I had four of them tonight!
Tanja / February 15, 2007 at 11:43 pm
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For the map-challenged, this is where it's located [ <a href="http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&;hl=en&q=Rogers+Rd+%26+Boon+Ave,+York,+ON&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1">google map</a> ] ;) Exploring the city is good.
mishka / February 16, 2007 at 02:22 am
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Hey this sounds enticing!

I have yet to consistently enjoy authentic Mexican food in Toronto... since well Mexico! Seriously, there's usually a Ma and Pop place that's around for a little usually on College Street but then it disappears the next time I go!

I will def check out Rebozos. Gracias!
Cameron / February 16, 2007 at 07:58 am
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Woah, woah woah... NORTH of St. Clair? Is that even still Toronto? Where's blogBarrie when we need it?
frank / February 16, 2007 at 09:57 am
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At the risk of starting a flamewar better served on the chowhound message boards, the tacos at El Asador are alright but don't even come close to Rebozos. Trust me, they're worth the trip (get your girlfriend to drive you if you don't wanna take the bus).
Zach / February 16, 2007 at 10:39 am
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They were one of the people catering the Now anniversary party and they were amazing.

Rogers is a bit far for some of us, but it would be a great trip if I had a car one day or found myself in the neighborhood.

Joyce / February 16, 2007 at 04:51 pm
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Mmmmmmmm... it'd be worth the drive from Cowtown!
Le quiero tambien!
Al / February 17, 2007 at 12:27 pm
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I find it amusing to hear how many view Rogers Rd to be somewhere way up north. Here I am near Downsview Park and I'm thinking that Rogers Rd is a long trip south! It really is all Toronto and I appreciate restaurant reviews that are in my Toronto neighbourhood too, not just the central core.
Al / February 17, 2007 at 12:29 pm
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I find it amusing to hear how many view Rogers Rd to be somewhere way up north. Here I am near Downsview Park and I'm thinking that Rogers Rd is a long trip south! It really is all Toronto and I appreciate restaurant reviews that are in my Toronto neighbourhood too, not just the central core.
Tere, Rodolfo y Andrea / February 17, 2007 at 09:32 pm
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Tere, Indalecio & Fam.
We are very happy to see your Restaurant, we hope you have a lot of clients. God bless to you.
To the Clients we are sure that the plates and cups to the sauce are authentically Mexican handscraifts we sent them from Puebla, Mexico.
To everybody please enjoy it.
Fam. Guerrero / February 17, 2007 at 09:41 pm
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Tia Tere, could you get to us job in summer vacations in your restaurant ?? we can spend 4 months, just you can paid us just $1 dlls/hrs. we know wash the dishes very well and we can attendance the latino custumers, in spanihs of course =)
This message was writhing by my uncle Rodolfo =( because only I know french
=)
I hope we can see us very soon
Y como buenos chilangos que somos, nos despedimos en espa񯬮
Saludos + besos a todos
Andrea, Mariana y todos los demᳮ
Paty / February 20, 2007 at 08:48 pm
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Familia Marroquin.
Congratulations for this success, We knew you were going to make it happend. We are so happy for you guys, especially for the cochinita pibil success (you know why...)
Muchas felicidades!!!!
Nos vemos en Mayo, vamos a llegar con Hambre para comer un pozolito y unos buenos tacos de Cochinita... Saludos desde Milwaukee, WI. USA.
Besos Tim, Paty, Connor y Anna.
Betty Aguilar / May 29, 2007 at 03:19 am
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paola soto / December 9, 2008 at 08:42 pm
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hola tere e inda espero que lean este mensaje y puedan mandarme su correo electronico a mi correo ,,, se me prendio el foco y busque la pagina de rebozos en internet porque la trageta se me perdio y no se me habia ocurrido como conseguir comunicarme con ustedes.
bueno espero que esten muy bien y que porfa me manden su correo electronico. muchos saludos desde veracruz, mexico!!!
Arke / December 25, 2008 at 11:22 am
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If you want to experience authentic Mexican food, well, Rebozos is as good as it gets. Forget about sour cream, yellow cheddar cheese, and any of those things American TV has made you believe to be Mexican, they are not.

This austere joint in its unusual location will educate you gastronomically. Service is way better and faster than at El Jacal (Bloor Street, east of Dufferin), food is unfathomably superior than at Tacos el Asador; hey, it's even better than at El Trompo (Kensington Market). But here's the best part: it's actually cheaper than any of the other places. So there,go try good Mexican food for a change, or spend more money on food you might like, but do yourself a favour: don't pretend it's real Mexican food.
Amy / January 13, 2009 at 10:32 am
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Tanja's map will just end up sending the map-challenged to Hamilton. Obviously there are online maps available, though, and in brief: the place is just off Dufferin between St. Clair and Eglinton.
Izza / March 26, 2009 at 01:52 pm
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Indalesio and Tere, the best people I ever met in Toronto. Los extraño mucho, les mando muchos saludos y abrazos desde Monterrey, y espero volver a verlos algun dia. Los quiero mucho.

Rebozos, the best way to eat Mexican Food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.D. I also miss your amazing Pozole and chorizo. =(((((
I love you so much!!!!
Rodolfo gutierrez / May 28, 2009 at 02:49 pm
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Rebosos a delicious way to spend money and have a real stonach ache, no mather what you eat for sure you'll get sick, sorry my friends but it's may opinion after eating with you almost all your Maxican food. maybe i'm quite delicate, but it's true. But in ocations the best you can eat in whole toronto's Mexinans food
Myrna Maldonado / June 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm
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Tere e Inda, espero continuen sembrando muchos éxitos. Y brindando el sazón de nuestra tierra, para acercar un poco a nuestros conacionales que residen en Toronto. Les mando un caluroso abrazo y no olviden que los quiero mucho, Besos.
rick mcginnis / August 11, 2010 at 05:22 pm
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Rogers and Boon is a long way from Weston - Rebozo's is either located in Earlscourt or Fairbank, depending on your map.
régimen / October 31, 2010 at 05:17 pm
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buenos dias a todos,

Deceo hablares una [url=http://www.nutrisaveurs.fr]dieta[/url]
para perder peso. Son meriendas. Son muy buenissimas. No son polvos, son verdadera comida de orsen Francesca. E perdido de 8 kilos !
Esto marcha super bien.
addiphops / January 12, 2011 at 03:39 pm
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Por que no:)
Mikey / October 12, 2012 at 09:58 am
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Is this still the best Taqueria in the city?

BLOGTO: IT'S OKAY TO UPDATE POSTS/REVIEWS OF PLACES EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS. EVERY GOOD MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER DOES THAT AS THINGS TEND TO CHANGE OVER TIME (though arguably, this place does not).

Also, the one time I went to Mexico, I was promised by The Mexicans that Tacos are a distinctly American food-stuff and no one there makes such things.
John / October 12, 2012 at 10:37 am
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This place is amazing, glad they opened up a new spot on College, can't wait to try it. Also, the owners are so nice, really great place!

J / November 21, 2012 at 08:24 pm
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the tacos are 3 for $9 now.

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