by Karman Chao, Trent Emanuel and Alice Wong, 08/09/2012
Ceviche (background) with salsa and chips. Photo: Alexander Thompson
45-02 48th Ave., 718-392-2161
When you step into De Mole, your senses will be delighted with the wafting fragrance of corn tamales baking, onions caramelizing and taquitos frying. This isn't your average Mexican eatery—owner and chef Ramiro Mendez, a native of Puebla, cooks authentic cuisine. Dishes include nopales, with grilled cactus and tomatillo sauce, and tinga, Puebla-style beef brisket. For the less bold, try more familiar options like burritos, tortas or fajitas or the nachos, served with black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and your choice of meat. The decor is minimal, which means you can focus solely on the generous portions in front of you.