Boom Boom Mex Mex

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Published on: June 4, 2014

Over the weekend, some friends took my wife an I out to Camillus to visit one of their favorite eateries.  They’ve been telling us about Boom Boom Mex Mex for several years now, but this is the first time we’ve made it out there.

Boom Boom Mex Mex
Boom Boom Mex Mex

I forgot to take a pic, so I snagged this one from someone on-line.  In this age of Internet-connected everything, I also didn’t find a web site or Facebook page for the restaurant.  This is a place that truly lets their work do all the marketing.  If you don’t like it, that’s fine.  But the folks who do like it. . .

Boom Boom is located at 3263 Howlett Hill Road in Camillus, at the corner of Corporal Welsh Rd.  Plug it into your GPS – you’ll find it.  You may have a hard time seeing the building through the crowd of people, though.  Although on a sunny Sunday afternoon it was fairly empty.

They serve a limited menu.  I mean, c’mon – how many choices do you want at a tacqeria? There’s two styles of pork, two of chicken, and one beef, plus a vegetarian option.  Of course, you can get a plate of nachos, or go the other direction and get a salad.  For dessert?  Flan!  It’s not the size of the menu, though, it’s the tastes from the food.  My friend’s favorite is the pork al pastor, so I had to try that along with the two chicken tacos.

The four of us enjoyed our choices at one of the many tables set up around the place.  It’s a big open room with large and small tables set up – you order your food cafeteria style, pay, then go find a seat.  I imagine that can be difficult when they’ve got a line out the door though.  Decorations are plentiful, but inexpensive.  Posters, paper banners strung from the walls and ceiling.  If you’re expecting a chic dining experience, you’re in the wrong place.

Inevitably the question arises: how does Boom Boom compare to the chains?  Simply put, it doesn’t.  If you want a predictable taste every time, in a plasticly marketed world, visit Moe’s, or Taco Bell, or wherever.  If you want a menu overseen by a true Mexican street food vendor, with fresh ingredients – some of which are imported from Mexico throughout the summer – then find your way here.

Someone made a documentary about Boom Boom.  It’s pretty cool, and only 5 minutes long.  You can view it right here.

I have to give the place a number of stars on a scale, but this is one of those places you can’t really judge like that.  If you want a quiet, romantic dinner with candle light and soft music, why the hell are you even considering this place?  Just go, already!  The prices are low and the food is excellent.


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