El Rayo has received 4½ stars from this week’s Eat & Run column in the Press Herald.
I’ll be the first to admit my logic might be flawed. But here’s how I judge the authenticity and originality of a Mexican restaurant in Maine: If my dish is not slathered in jar-style red salsa and buried under a solid layer of melted cheese, I’m happy.
I want to taste different flavors and spices, not just be overwhelmed by heat and gooeyness.
Using those standards, El Rayo Taqueria on York Street gets high scores. Actually, using any standards.