November 5, 2010
1588 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
  • Cost: $$
  • Alcohol: None
  • Parking: Street
  • Take Out: Yes

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November 5, 2010


Finding delicious ethnic food in New Jersey is even more satisfying when you stumble upon it. I had never heard of La Malinche before, and the place wasn’t on my list to try, but Rahway’s little ethnic gem is now one of my favorite Mexican restaurants.

Last weekend, craving some Mexican grub, we ended up in Rahway after a misguided attempt to eat at Jose Tejas in Iselin. In downtown Rahway across from the Union County Arts Center, La Malinche is a cute, simply decorated, ten table restaurant serving high quality Mexican standards. Start with hot coffee or Mexican-style hot chocolate flavored with cinnamon. The fresh Guacamole is superb and the authentic Mexican pork (Al Pastor), beef, chicken or Chorizo tacos come wrapped in two soft corn tortillas with chopped cilantro and onions. There are tortas (sandwiches), salads and soups, and entrees like Pollo en Mole Oaxaqueno (chicken with mole sauce), and Bistec Azteca (steak with cactus, poblano and jalapeno peppers). The Chiles Rellenos, coated in egg, are delicious. The Camarones al Chipotle, ordered spicy, is really spicy, and irresistible. Ask about the chalkboard specials.

Service at La Malinche (the name of Hernan Cortes’ Mexican mistress) is prompt and friendly – our server made a point of asking exactly how spicy I wanted the chipotle shrimp. Spanish will help, since the restaurant’s customers are mostly Spanish-speakers. The menu features English translations, so don’t let any language barrier keep you from enjoying some of New Jersey’s best Mexican food.