So we have now made it to three of the local Mexican restaurants around here. After being spoiled by the authentic food in Phoenix, nothing can quite live up to our Mexican food tastes, but these are still pretty good restaurants.
El Jefe: Brian went to this little place off of Kirkwood Highway with his co-workers before taking me there. When we went, the service was a little slow in getting to us (and it was actually a slow night for them), but once we were able to get our order in the experience improved greatly. The food was the closest to what you'd get in Phoenix, and the guacamole and salsa were both good. We'll definitely go again.
La Tonalteca: This place is right off Main Street downtown Newark, making it the closest to us. This place has replaced Tres Margaritas (in Tempe) as our spot to get our Mexican food fix on a Friday night. It's a franchised restaurant, with 10 locations in DE and one in PA and NY each, and overall has pretty good food-even though it's just a little overpriced.
Border Cafe: We finally hit up this place after passing it many times. Unfortunately, it is the least favorite of the options so far. It was a packed restaurant, and the round wooden tables were crammed so close together you could barely get through the restaurant. The menu was billed as a Tex-Mex restaurant, but ended up being an odd mix of Mexican, Cajun, Creole, and Soul foods. The food was okay, I didn't really like it but Brian did. I probably wouldn't return for a full dinner, but the chips were good enough that it might be a good place for having just drinks and appetizers. There are three locations in MA, and two in NJ in addition to the DE locations.