BuenaVista Mexican, Malvern (Frazer)

March 21st, 2011

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It’s on the main drag (Rt. 30), but not all that easy to notice. Located in the spot that most recently housed the Great Valley Deli (Collegeville Deli II), BuenaVista Mexican is a small, nondescript restaurant in a small, nondescript strip mall (that also houses Strawberry Bakery) along a nondescript area of Frazer. It is, however, worth finding this place, for hearty, homemade Mexican fare that stands above the more common fast-casual Mexican chains of the area.

The space is somewhat dark (during the day), and is sparsely-decorated but clean and comfortable. Only a few tables were filled, but the folks there were talking to the waitress (table-service is provided, as well as actual plates and silverware) as if they were regulars. We got take-out, but this would be a perfectly fine place to enjoy a casual lunch or dinner, and probably a good place for kids.

The lunch menu (which we chose from) is dominated by Tex-Mex favorites fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos, all available with chicken, beef, pork carnita, or veggie option, and a variety of sauces including mole and chipotle. There are also quesadillas, tacos, and a few other traditional options like tacos, sopes and flautas. For more adventurous eaters, tripe tacos are often on special. Also, “Mexican Burgers”, a fusion that mixes the torta with everyone’s favorite American sandwich. The dinner menu is expanded, featuring all of the above as well as a variety of platter options featuring chicken (mole poblano), steak (carne asada), pork, and/or veggies (chile relleno).

Our first choice was the pork enchiladas with mole sauce. The sauce was the star here — a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, rich and robust without being too thick. I can’t really comment on the authenticity of said sauce, but I can say that I ate every last drop of it. The pork carnitas appeared to be chunks of pork shoulder – not pulled as expected – and perhaps a bit dry, but when paired with the wonderful sauce, this was not an issue. The platter was served with a side of refried beans and Mexican rice. The beans were smoky, with hints of char, which created a more rich and flavorful bite than the typical canned beans. The spiced rice was somewhat pedestrian, but served as a nice foil for that sauce.

A burrito with chicken (pollo) in chipotle sauce was less successful. Like the mole, the sauce was excellent. It was subtly creamy, and persistently but not overwhelmingly spicy, with hints of smoke and sweetness. Unfortunately, the burrito filling was 2/3 rice, which was dry and bland, and the chicken was somewhat sparse. There was certainly some nice flavor here, but the abundance of rice overwhelmed it to some extent.

All in all, BuenaVista is a nice find for a quick, healthy take-out meal or a casual lunch or night out. We’ll certainly be back!

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Buena Vista Mexican American Cuisine
365 Lancaster Ave.,
Malvern, PA
610-644-3982
Hours: Mon – Thurs, 11:30 a.m.– 8 p.m.; Fri, Sat, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; closed Sun
Credit Cards: Yes
Bar: BYO

5 Responses to “BuenaVista Mexican, Malvern (Frazer)”

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  1. Brian says:

    Yes, the mole sauce is outstanding! The fajitas and the burritos are regular selections by our family for takeout but the simple steak taco with only steak and some spices provide a really delicious appetizer. Very addictive and true mexican cooking. Highly recommended! Have taken out dozens of meals and the consistency is there along with the quality. Veryt fresh and made to order so don’t expect quickness when ordering.

  2. Kim says:

    This is truly a great place to eat for both lunch and dinner. One of my favorites is the Fresh Guacamole and Carnita Enchiladas with mole sauce. My family and I go there whenever we are in the area or craving for mexican food. It’s a bit of a drive for us but worth it. Great food, friendly staff and nice atmosphere.

  3. marmoset says:

    This is the best mexican food I’ve had since moving here from Phoenix 20 years ago. Finally a place that “gets” spicy.

  4. Robin says:

    Very good Mexican/Tex Mex food at reasonable prices. Randomly stopped by for a quick dinner and will be back. Mole enchiladas and fajitas were tasty and fresh. Very basic plain dining area, but the two waiters were very friendly.

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