ANNA’S TAQUERIA: Quality meets affordability
Anna’s Taqueria (whose presence has been well-established both for Tufts students and in the greater Boston area), isn’t just what you’d expect it to be. The decor is hardly there, the layout is simple, and the menu is straightforward. You don’t go to Anna’s for anything more than an inexpensive, comforting meal. A meal you can eat on-the-go as easily as you can sitting down, but one which you can be assured will be freshly made, making use of seasonal and regional ingredients. Anna’s dedication to quality is laudable considering its prime customers and its devotion to serving basics in a basic setting. But Anna’s does basic in the best way possible—by providing reliable, flavorful, and affordable casual Mexican fare.
A recent sampling of Anna’s offerings provides us with a glimpse of what Anna’s has to offer. Starting with tempting beverages—Mexican coke in a glass bottle, for example—Anna’s provides rarity balanced with the comforting familiarity a more commercialized chain would offer. Anna’s horchata, a rice- and almond-based drink, lightly accented by cinnamon, was the centerpiece of the meal for us. Thankfully not cloyingly sweet, this horchata served as a delicious palate-cleanser during the meal. The hibiscus tea, on the other hand, was a little too sweet for our liking, but it was a refreshing and lighter counterpoint to the meal. Chips, salsa, and guacamole were an abundant and fresh constant throughout the meal.
Anna’s offers a host of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, and gluten-free alternatives are currently in the works. The flour tortillas used for the burritos and quesadillas were very fresh and the grilled tortillas of the quesadillas were crackly and hot. The grilled vegetable quesadilla perhaps highlights what Anna’s is all about, featuring a hearty filling of squash, zucchini, broccoli, and other local vegetables. The vegetables were perhaps a little too lightly seasoned when compared with the slightly dry yet more flavorful steak filling, and a greater focus on the grilled vegetables would give oft-neglected vegetarians a satisfying option.
Anna’s is a Boston staple, whose dedication to local producers is impressive and has been consistent. Perfect for a college student’s budget, Anna’s delivers in both quality and quantity. One could say that Anna’s is not about the atmosphere as much as it is about the food, but this isn’t true—its decidedly unpretentious decor creates the nostalgic and laidback atmosphere that is perfect for a quick, affordable, and quality meal. Its horchata, crispy tortillas, and fresh guacamole make it well worth a trip.
Food (taste): A-
Food (presentation): B+
236A Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144, USA
Note: Anna’s PR representative kindly invited us to a sampling of their offerings. The opinions expressed in this article are entirely our own.