If you never really cared for Real Taco in Harvard Square, but were still saddened when the quick place to satisfy your taco cravings closed, take heart: Felipe’s Taqueria has opened in Real Taco’s old location. Even better, the food is good.
The small restaurant’s décor has been revamped with terra-cotta walls and cantina-style tables and chairs. The counter has two "assembly lines" where Mexican favorites are made to order. For a treat, try the tortilla chips — crispy, not greasy — and fresh salsa or bean dip ($1). It’s worth splurging the extra quarter for a generous dollop of smooth, cool guacamole.
Felipe’s menu is simple and genuine. Select a meal from the list of standards — good choices are the burrito ($3.10), super burrito ($4), or quesadilla ($3.10) — and then pick a filling. Options include flavorful char-grilled chicken, authentic al pastor (spit-roasted pork with tangy orange-pineapple marinade), grilled vegetables, and chorizo sausage, among others. Add-ons and sides include the usual suspects: cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa.
The grilled-vegetable quesadilla is deliciously stuffed with fresh corn, broccoli, zucchini, and onions, and it oozes with cheese. The chicken burrito features a decent portion of grilled chicken with pinto (not refried) beans and salsa. Super burritos are slightly larger, with cheese, rice, and hot sauce. Forget Morgan Spurlock and super-size yourself: it’s worth it. Add a kick to any of the menu items with jalapeños or red or green hot sauce from the self-serve condiment bar.
Felipe’s Taqueria, located at 83 Mt. Auburn Street, in Cambridge, is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call (617) 354-9954.