It used to be that Bard College students had only one choice when it came to getting their Mexican food fix: Sante Fe in Tivoli. Granted, it remains a pretty darn good choice. After all, we’ve showered the inventive Mexican cantina with praise for years.
But now, in the neighboring town of Red Hook, undergrads can get 15 percent off their orders at Cancun’s Family Mexican Restaurant, which opened in February. Serving up authentic, home-cooked Mexican fare (with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options), the eatery’s brightly colored interior helps guests feel welcome. The menu has all the Mexican standards: burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fish tacos, the best-selling fajitas — as well as appetizers like nachos, six different entrée salads, and desserts like the always-popular deep-fried ice cream. But it’s the fact that the servers prepare the guacamole right at your table that really excites us.