In January 2013, Mayra and Francisco Ramirez opened Mexico City Taquería, a take-out restaurant on Route 135 in Ashland.
Last week, the Framingham couple unveiled the restaurant's new dining room, which features about a half dozen tables. The restaurant can now seat about 24-30 patrons.
The restaurant now also has a full wait staff and a new menu, too.
Mayra learned all about how to make fresh, homemade cuisine growing up in Mexico City from her mama.
"We serve food just like I used to eat in Mexico," said Mayra.
The menu has a dozen types of burritos plus a burrito bowl.
We have tried the Asada and the Al Pastor burrito and both were packed with lots of meat, black beans and rice. The portion is large for its $6.95 price. The specialty Pescado (grilled fish) and Lengua burritos are priced at $7.95 each
The restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. Other menu items includes tacos, Quesadillas, tamales, gorditas, fajitas and enchiladas and a chilango plate.
"Everything is fresh. Nothing is frozen," said Mayra.
Nothing on the menu is more than $15.
Tacos start at $2.50 each. We have tried a handful of the 11 taco options. All were made with hand-made soft tortillas, amply stuffed and left us craving for another one. Our favorites were the Carne Molida, the Pescado and the Pollo Tinga.
The tamale appetizer ($2.95) features steamed cornmeal with poblano peppers and chicken served with sour cream, cheese and salsa.
Table service comes with home-made salsa and chips, on the house.
There are also gluten-free menu items.
Try the freshly-made Aguas Frescas. Our favorite Thursday night was the rice milk one.
Soups are also available, but weekends only.
The family-run business is open seven days a week - Mondays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The couple, who have lived in Framingham for more than a decade, have two children at Brophy Elementary School.