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Xicohténcatl - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
First the pronunciation: Shi Ko TEN cat. Now, let’s sort out the Mexican restaurant thing. Pretty much everybody loves some kind of Mexican food, and the intensity with which they love their kind, is often a measure of how much they hate every other. Which is to say, all Mexican restaurants are controversial. Whenever we say something nice about one, a basher is waiting to pounce. So how to be fair? What you will get at Xichohténcatl is ebullient service and ambiance; fresh-cut, if somewhat timid, salsa and guacamole with chips that taste homemade; and Margaritas made with fresh juice. Nice start. What you will not get is groundbreaking Mexican cuisine made with exceptional finesse from superior ingredients. This is a cheerful, inexpensive (if you lay off the $8 - $13 Margaritas), noisy restaurant and bar, a fun place for families and groups, and a perfectly serviceable spot for couples, as long as they sit on the patio or porch, away from the din. And as long as they don’t expect their $16 entree to be as thrilling as one that elsewhere would cost twice as much. —Marilyn Bethany
50 Stockbridge Rd. (Rte. 7), Great Barrington, MA
Lunch: Monday - Thursday & Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday dinner to 11 p.m.