Aside from baiting Kenny, the daughter was in town and desirous of Mexican (the girl claims she cannot get real Mexican in Boston, which I cannot accept), so I decided Mixteco was the ticket.
First visit for me, though some friends joined us who are GNR fans and pretty local to Mixteco, and this was their third visit. They did not see any difference from previous visits.
My meal was excellent, actually much better than my last couple of meals at FdM before it closed. The low point for me was the tomatillo salsa that came with the chips - no heat, a touch of saltiness, mostly bleh. They brought some creamy habanero later that had good heat, but not a lot more.
The Bride's Guacamole was pleasingly chunky, with good avocado taste and texture. A pretty pure play on guacamole, IMO, some onions, radish garnish,minimal heat again, but since the avocados were ripe and flavorful, it worked. The Calamare Ajillo had good greens, smoky flavor, and a more vinegarry flavor to the dressing than I expected. The squid were properly, but not overly, chewy, and it came together well.
I had the pleasure of sampling everyone's mains. The roasted pork was my least favorite. The pork was a little more chewy than I might have liked, but the mole salvaged it nicely. The Monkfish special in a yellow/green mole was grilled with a bit of wood smoke to it and the sauce was spot on. The chicken was good, the sauce quite good, and my lamb in mole negro was just about perfect. Tender, pink, little lamb chops in a deep, dark, complex mole that I was then able to sop up and suck down with the fresh tortillas.
Desserts were okay, not terribly memorable.
Execution overall, and quality of sauces were very good, indeed. It was a Friday night, and we arrived at 5 as they opened. I suppose execution could decline as they get busy, but it was all good, and with the affable service and BYO policy added in, I will be back. Thumbs up as a GNR for me, too.
Retired, gone fishing, and exploring my curmudgeon within