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Small space, big taste

(Erik jacobs for the boston globe)
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June 18, 2008

Julie King makes a mean chicken mole poblano ($10.50), and serves it from a counter in a gas station near Massachusetts General Hospital. For the sauce, she chars two kinds of peppers, adds them to tomatoes, Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, and seasonings, then simmers shredded chicken in the mixture before topping it with sesame seeds and serving it with beans and rice. King's tiny space suits her, she says, because she can talk with customers while she prepares their food. "They are my customers and they are my friends," says King, a Mexico City native who lives in Stoneham. "It's not a restaurant, it's like my house. I'm not going to make a landlord rich." The riches are for her customers. Villa Mexico Café, 296 Cambridge St., Boston, 617-227-2919. - LEIGH BELANGER

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