Ask this Mexican

From one Mexican yelper to you, a list of Mexican food joints I like. And a few other Latin American spots where I can order in my native language.
  • 1500 Monument Blvd
    Concord, CA 94519
    5.0 étoiles

    My new favorite tortilleria/taqueria in town!

    The chicken sopes and tacos are my favorite. Everything is made fresh. The chicken is tender, juicy and seasoned to perfection. The bionicos (fruit, granola and yogurt cup with coconut) are one of my favorite dessert foods. Not to mention they cater and it is amazing!!!

    I love that they have fresh vegetable juice. Sometimes I like to grab one after yoga. Great energy booster. Who needs Jack Le Lane when you have El Molino!

  • 1844 Grant St
    Concord, CA 94520
    5.0 étoiles

    Do NOT go to this place unless you really know how to appreciate a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant! I love this chain, from SF all the way to Concord!

    They have hands down the best quesadilla suizas (a really large quesadilla that has meat, sourcream, salsa, and rice)ever!!! I think that their green salsa is hands down my favorite and there is something delicious about their chips. Lastly, I love that they make their own aguas frescas.. delish!!!

  • 5.0 étoiles
    Premier à donner un avis

    Every year I attend the Bay Point Memorial Day Parade. This year I went on an empty stomach. As I saw all the businesses march by Los Gallitos dancing chicken caught my eye and convinced me to grab a bite at their restaurant.

    As I was walking over I bumped into an old friend who recommended the pupusas. What?!? Pupusas? I thought the place was a Mexican joint. She informed me that they were a Mexican and Salvadorian place and emphasized that the pupusas are screamin'!

    In my mind "Mexican and Salvadorian Restaurant" translates to= "our Mexican and Salvadorian food both really suck." But I was hungry and my girl had told me it would be worth it so I gave them a try.

    We walked into the restaurant and they had the funniest Mariachi Dude I have ever seen. He was great at involving the crowd and played Spanish guitar style with pure talent.

    We were given chips that were bland with salsa that tasted like it came out of a jar. I ordered the horchata which tasted like Mexican horchata not Salvadorian horchata. Sigh. I wanted Salvadorian horchata for my Salvadorian pupusas.

    My Mom and I proceeded to order 2 pupusas each. I got one with frijoles y queso and one mixta. Let me just saw WOW! I was impressed. The pupusas coupled with the mariachi loco totally made for a 5 star experience! Definitely my new pupusa spot in East County.

  • 5601 Lone Tree Way
    Brentwood, CA 94513
    5.0 étoiles
    Premier à donner un avis

    Good authentic Mexican food crossed the bridge, rolled down Mount Diablo, and landed on Lonetree Way!

    Yummy Ceviche! Yay!!

  • 4798 Mission St
    San Francisco, CA 94112
    5.0 étoiles

    After a long day at pride I was ready for some shade and a drink. My Brother, the Excelsior Explorer, took me to his latest discovery, Taqueria Guadalajara.

    And boy-o-boy did they deliver. We shared a Super Burrito de Carne Asada and it was amazing. The Carne Asada was seriously kickin,' the balance of meat, sour cream, rice and beans was simply perfect, and the avocados were ripened to perfection!

    Add a side of Salsa Verde and a Fresh Squeezed OJ and call me a happy Mexican!

  • 510 Union St
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    5.0 étoiles

    What a beautiful cure for the day after New Years Eve!

    My girlies from Miami, my BFF Jess H., and I were desperately seeking last minute dinner reservations somewhere that my East Coast gals could actually get a taste of West Coast style Mexican...

    My favorite Mission spots= too informal

    Colibri= booked!

    Orale, Orale= not quite in the mood.

    Tommy's Tequila Bar= too far!

    Don Pistos= JUST RIGHT!

    I called ahead and was excited to hear there was only a 45 minute wait for a party of 6 so we rushed over and put our name in. Sadly we were greeted by no no sign on the door and a 2 hour wait and no space to drink at the bar, sigh. We had a flight to catch so the possibility of getting my gals something other than Mission burritos on the way to the airport was looking pretty dismal.

    I went and explained my predicament to our hostess and ten minutes later we were summoned to our table. It was perfect. We headed to the basement/banquet style room that had more than enough seating. Yay!

    We were greeted by our darling server Kate and amazing tortilla chips and salsa that tasted just like my Mom's. They were even served in the wooden bowls, just like at Mom's! Then we heard "bottomless margaritas and sangrias" and we were all in.

    We ordered an assortment of tacos: carne asada, fish of the day, carnitas, and al pastor. The highlight was definitely the carne asada, it was a little dry but somehow managed to make me order a second round. I liked that the tacos were served street style: 2 small tortillas, onions, cilantro, pickled jalapenos and carrots, radishes, and limes.

    The bottomless pitchers were flowing. At one point Pete the owner of the joint, came and professed his love to the ladies at the table and proceeded to give the men shoulder rubs. You get the picture, it was a great meal!

    I'm not gonna lie to you folks, some places on mission have better tacos but this place is all about the entire package, the vibe. Good service, great ambiance, fabulous music, stiff booze, and yummy food.

    Side Bar-I love the name, anyone who has been to Mexico should get a giggle out of picturing the real Don Pisto.

  • 1725 Willow Pass Rd
    Concord, CA 94520
    5.0 étoiles

    In the true spirit of a Mexican Super Market this place has it all.  A restaurant (not to be confused with the one further down the strip, this is just a counter with a couple of seats), the best Panaderia ever, mexican style carniceria, yummy tamales, a jewelery/fragrance vendor, and a check cashing/money gram/ pharmacy, all well stocked with your favorite Mexican items.

    I grew up with this store. I member back when they were across the street from the Brenden Theatres in what is now Pizza Man Pizza. Now they are all grown up located in the old Smart and Final. I know they are starting to show their age a little but hey its what's on the inside that counts. And what is on the inside you ask? Well, only my favorite Chorizo Platter and Breakfast Burrito, super fresh fruit smoothies, seasoned roasted chicken, trays full of self serve daily made tamales, a freezer bin full of Bay Point's own Guanatos popsicles, the best Mexican candy section I have seen (located at customer service), an extensive selection of Mexican Rx products including arnica, crema de la campana, and herbal teas, plus my favorite panaderia ever.

    Now, lets talk for a moment about their pan dulce...okay, now that I am done drooling I can tell you about how amazing their hot bolillos and panes dulces are baked every morning and evening. If you plan your trip you can get them all hot and fresh out of the oven. In fact my Mom and I love to go buy bread early in the morning and walk over to Starbucks grab some coffee and sit there and eat  it while it is still hot.

    Some of my favorites are the tortuga, concha, empanadas de crema, elotitos and most of all the shortbread pink cookie! I live for these. What I love most about all of their pan is that it is NOT super greasy. Their conchas are not dense and oily (like the ones at mi Pueblo),  they do not seep through the bag. The concha breads are light and puffy. They take me back to my fond memories of Tijuana as a kid.  

    Okay, I gotta go kill my diet over some pan dulce, later. XOXO

  • 44th Ave and International Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94620
    5.0 étoiles

    Guadalajara, Guadalajara, GUADALAJARA!!! My Favorite Taco Truck of All time!!!

    The Tortas de Carne Asada con Crema y Queso are amazing!! When I was a kid my Mom and me would do laundry up the block and come here for tacos. As an undergrad at Mills College this became a regular study break meal, and as an adult it has become the spot I hit up when I realize I am hungry after a night out but am closer to Fruitvale than to Mission.

    This truck in on a corner in a small plot. There is plenty of parking but beware that people park like idiots. If you go after dark be prepared to be entertained by at least one pimp-ho dispute and always regardless of time of day you will have at least one buster asking you for money or your phone number (sometimes both).

    The prices recently went up but still I return faithfully for either a Carne Asada Torta con Crema y Queso, Tacos de Carne Asada, Sopes Vegetarianos, and/or Corn Quesadillas. There is something intoxicatingly addicting about their Salsa Verde and fresh Rabanos. Service is always great and fast. Yes, I am a regular.

  • 1516 Bonanza St
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    5.0 étoiles

    Can't believe I have never written a review for Havana.

    For starters the place is super cute. The decor is great and I always love the music their playing (seriously, it is like listening to my iPod on shuffle).  

    The mojitos are yummy, mixed to perfection and just stiff enough. The service is excellent and the food is good. Although I prefer this place for late night drinks.

    Good eats____________________
    - Mussels
    - Veggie Empanadas
    - Boniato Garlic Fries
    - Ceviche is good.
    - Grilled Shrimp
    - Plantain Crusted Halibut is my favorite!
    - Paella

  • 113 Sacramento St
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    5.0 étoiles

    BEST ceviche ever!!! No SERIOUSLY EVER!

    For the past year I have been subjected to hearing my Man talk about how amazing Orale, Orale's ceviche is. So I had very high expectations.

    As an actual Mexican I am always super critical of a Mexican food joint. But I must say that I was impressed. After a year of ceviche talk I finally got to try Orale, Orale and like all great things it was worth the wait.

    We got there and ordered the last of the ceviche (always a good sign of a popular dish). We also ordered margaritas and a delicious quesadilla. The margaritas were the perfect compliment to the most amazing ceviche I have ever had ( it was perfect, fresh, and delicious). WOW!!!

    Great service and amazing drinks and food, I cannot ask for more. By far my favorite Mexican place in SF!

  • 438 Geary St
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    5.0 étoiles

    I loved this place from the tiny homemade tortillas to the delicious table side guacamole and salsas. My man and I where catching a show at the Golden Gate Theatre (4 blocks away) we had made reservations but the obstacle of getting in from the east bay made us totally late.

    Since I got there first I went in got seated and let our server know that we where trying to catch an 8:00 show. It was already 6:45 but she was awesome took my order and got everything out super quickly. She also recommended this delicious drink that I cannot remember the name of I think it had ginger in it. Well, either way they have a great drink menu.

    We had the Tostadas de Tinga, Sopes Surtidos, Ceviche Veracruzano, and Guacamole prepared table side, Pechuga Rellena de Huitlacoche and torta de elote. This was the perfect amount for the two of us. We only wished we had more time to enjoy it because everything was delicious.

    I wish we could have sampled some of their desserts. We are definitely going back.

    BRUNCH! Brunch is amazing here.
    A few things I heart about brunch here:
    - French Toast
    - The Chorizo con Huevos
    - The bottomless momosa

  • 37 W 43rd Ave
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    5.0 étoiles

    Amazing Catering & restaurant food! I first experienced the yummy-ness of Los Moreno's taco bar at my sistas wedding last summer. When it came time to pick a taquero for my Birthday Grad Party we gave them a call.

    The numbers sounded good under $900 for 100 people. But get this that includes 3 hours of getting served fabulous tacos, quesadillas, tortas, aguas frescas of your choice, chips, salsa, and even some fruit trays. Plus you get to keep the left overs. Oh yeah, amazing! You seriously cannot get a better deal. Trust me, we tried.

    We booked over a month in advance. We even went to the taqueria ahead of time to give them a try and we were impressed. So come party day I was not one bit nervous that my guests would be to.

    In fact I am still getting compliments on how good the food was. I would definitely recommend them for a catering gig, not to mention they service the whole bay area.

  • 1470 N Broadway
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    5.0 étoiles

    At first I was not in love with the idea of a nice looking overpriced Mexican spot that Santana lends his name to. But then I fell in love with the one and only chicken tostada!

    I have been here on several different nights/days. The best night to go is probably Thursday or Friday because they have good live music. You always get the basic chips with 3 salsas. The yummiest is the green one but it is very spicy. All of the drinks are made nice and strong. I love all of the margaritas but the 10 Cane Strawberry Lemonade and the guava puree drinks are also great.

    The soups are very good. The red enchiladas are good but nothing compared to my Mom's. My usual meal is the Chicken Tostada and the Chicken Quesadilla with a side of sour cream. Yummy. Once I found my favorites I was impressed, before that I was one of those "this place ain't all that" yelpers.

  • 324 Railroad Ave
    Pittsburg, CA 94565
    5.0 étoiles

    What? I can't believe I have never reviewed New Mecca! Gasp!

    Just plain amazing. Been coming to this place since I was a kid. Nothing has changed. The place, service, the people, and the food are all still amazing! The owners are totally nice and give back to the community constantly.

    The bean dip and sauce is the best ever! I love that they give you corn and flour tortilla chips. I am so addicted to the flour chips!

    My favorite entrees are the chicken chilaquiles and the mini chicken burritos.

    FYI: The place is small with a counter on one side and tables on the other. During dinner, lunch and weekends the wait can get pretty steep. They are however planning to expand to the entire block. I am happy to see them grow but sad that the place will change.

    Oh, and they are not open on Wednesdays.

  • 2779 Mission St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    5.0 étoiles

    I love El Farolito. One of my favorite hole in the walls on the Mission. Best Mexican for sure! CASH ONLY FOLKS!

    Amazing Quesadilla Suiza and the Green Salsa is my favorite in da bay. It is always packed and after a trip to da club you are probably gonna have to wait in a long line to get your Mexican fix (it is worth the wait)

    PS- I like that there is a sink and soap dispenser outside the bathroom, even if they never have paper towels you gotta love the encouraged hand sanitation station!

  • 1824 Irving St
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    5.0 étoiles

    The Fish Tacos Nick Style are killer. I started off my Birthday celebration with a shot of tequila and an order of chips and salsa here. Oh, those damn chips and salsa are amazing! I typically order two.

    I ordered two tacos Nick Style one with Fish and the other with Carne Asada. Nick style is a corn tortilla inside a flour tortilla fried. It's amazing!!

    The Carne Asada was mediocre. Too much fat and not enough flavor. The Fish tacos were amazing!! So good I ordered a second round.

    This place gets pretty packed. There is not much table seating so if you see a spot when you walk in take it!! Especially on a game day. The service is alright but inconsistent when it gets busy. It can take a while to get your order so order up ahead of time.

  • 2474 Willow Pass Rd
    Bay Point, CA 94565
    5.0 étoiles

    Guanatos and I have been going steady for about 5 years now. We are deeply in love and at times inseparable.

    They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, that's a lie! Ice Cream makes the heart grow fonder! No matter where I live I still make the drive to Bay Point to eat this stuff!

    This place has ice cream, Mexican style popsicles with and without milk, raspados (shaved ice topped with fruit), and other nieveria style items all made with local fresh fruit. Drool!

    Growing up I was a raspado addict. My favorite was guayaba with condensed milk. I could eat it two or three times a day. Now, I am more of a Fresa con Crema popsicle or Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, kinda gal.

    Guanatos has the creamiest most delicious ice cream around. They give Humphry Slocombe, Fenton's,  BiRite, and Ici a run for their money. They have all the fresh fruit and standard ice cream flavors you could desire plus flavors like margarita and avocado. This place is a must try, don't worry I'm not jealous you can have some too.

  • 444 Oak St
    Oakland, CA 94607
    5.0 étoiles

    The deconstruction of the elote, excellent tequila selection, and amazing service had me sold!

    The location is fairly small and after checking out the extensive tequila selection above the bar we opted to sit at the bar.

    We started with an order of Totopos con Guacamole y Salsa. The Totopos were yummy, just like the ones I buy at the tortilleria. Fresh, crispy, and preservative free.

    The happy hour margaritas were excellent! We would have had a second round but decided to try one of the samplers our very helpful and friendly bartender recommended.

    As a starter we had the deconstructed elote, which I fell in love with. It was a sexy sophisticated version of my childhood favorite, the esquite (Mexican street corn cup). The cherry tomatoes and lime really did some magic enhancing the flavor!

    For our main plate we ordered a Chuleta de
    Puerco. It was a very generous portion and I really liked the mole sauce that came on top.

    I would definitely go back for happy hour and take advantage of some of their small bites.

  • 1449 Fruitvale Ave
    Oakland, CA 94601
    5.0 étoiles

    This is my favorite Salvadorian restaurant. Hands down! It literally feels like you are eating in someones kitchen.

    It is a total hole in the wall. But the taste is as authentic as it gets. I love the pupusa, frijoles, and platanos con crema.

    The service at first will seem mean but once you keep going and the ladies warm up to you the service will get better.

  • 524 Valencia St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    5.0 étoiles

    I was very impressed by my meal here. The portions were great and the prices were very reasonable.

    We started with the Ceviche de Pescado y Camaron and it was amazing. It was fresh and very zesty, which I love! Oh, and those Peruvian corn nuts they add are delish!

    Then we split an order of the Lomito Saltado which came with a generous serving of French Fries and tomatoes. It was served a beautiful medium rare.

    We also had a half Pollo a La Brasa with a side of Yuca Fries and my new favorite thing, Tacu Tacu, which is sautéed rice and beans. I seriously loved that stuff!

    As for the Aji Sauces the chimichurri and rocotto molido were great on the chicken! Definitely get the molido it is not spicy but adds flavor.

    As a side note this place has really tight seating so don't expect to have a deep and private conversation because you are sitting elbow to elbow with your neighbors. But what this place lacks in intimacy it makes up for in vibe, decor, and flavor.

  • 2118 Willow Pass Rd
    Concord, CA 94520
    4.0 étoiles

    I walked in and the TV was on really loud and two young females at the counter just stared at me. Then when I finally asked to be helped I was told that the waitress would be out  in a second.  

    Generally speaking I like getting what I pay for so when I get off service right off the bat I am not happy. Once I sat down and got a menu my waitress was really nice. She brought out chips (which I thought tasted exactly like the ones 7-11 uses for nachos) and salsa which had obviously come out of a jar. When I went to order the Salvadorian Horchata the waitress told me they were out. I was devastated because I love that stuff but she was quick to suggest Ensalada de Fruta which turned out to be absolutely delicious.

    To eat I ordered 2 pupusas de frijoles con queso and they were huge and delicious. I also ordered a side of plantains with cream which was also huge. It was overwhelming (in a good way) how big the portions were.

    I would say that the food and the service was good. My only complaint is that the TV is on so loud and is such a prominent part of the ambiance that it I felt like I was eating in someones living room not a restaurant.

  • 1440 Park St
    Alameda, CA 94501
    4.0 étoiles

    La Penca Azul has been the home to many of my favorite late nights. It's a great place to grab a margarita and some food to soak up the booze. Open til' 3am they are the perfect late night bite!

    I always order the same thing, an appetizer serving of Mini Chimichangas, all chicken with a side of sour cream. The chicken is tender and perfectly flavored. I haven't found anything else on the menu that contains the chicken flavored and prepared in the same style, and trust me I have tried.

    When they temporarily took the Mini Chimis off to the menu I stopped eating here. In protest all I would do is drink their margaritas and eat their chips and salsa. Then one day the menu got updated and my mini Chimis were back- yay!!!

  • 2138 International Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94606
    4.0 étoiles

    I love Taqueria Sinaloa! They are my go to taco truck in Oakland. As all taco trucks in this area it is dinner and a show. The show is not always pleasant and can include pimps and their ladies. You were warned.

    One of the major bennies of this truck is that it has plenty of seating and even has an indoor seating area. And because this place shares space with a delicious marisco truck they also have Tapatio at every table.

    Their tacos are $1.25 and amazing. The best are the chicken, carnitas, carne asada, and al pastor. What I love about their tacos is that they make them with tortillas that they dip in the meat fat so they are juicy and flavored.  I call this Tijuas style!

    The tacos al pastor are def the show stopper! I always order my tacos with the amazing salsa verde. One of the only things I dislike is that you have to ask for extra radishes because they give you slices instead of the whole radish. Order some horchata to wash down all of the delicious and you are good to go.

    Sidebar: this place does taquisas aka caters. Yummy!

  • 1000 Broadway
    Oakland, CA 94607
    4.0 étoiles

    I finally found a good Mexican spot near city center!

    When I heard that Tamarindo in Oakland had a more casual dining option I immediately bookmarked and tried La Calle.

    You place your order get a number, grab a seat and then they bring out your food. The menu has some nice variety. I've eaten my way through quite a bit of it.

    They have the most delish Aguas Frescas, that are actually frescas and not too sugary. Check out the whiteboard for the daily specials! I really want to try the flautas.

    Steer clear of the carnitas they are mostly greasy and very fatty. I am no a fan of the gorditas they are bland and dry.

    I really enjoyed the Carne Asada tacos and the Pastor tacos.  I absolutely love the green salsa. It is amazing!

    Minus one star for having the most blah chips I've ever had. But on the upside it deters me from eating those extra carbs!

    Sidebar- I love their salsa bar set up with the reusable salsa cups. They even have radishes, which are not just a garnish but a required taco side for me!

  • 1050 20th St
    Sacramento, CA 95816
    4.0 étoiles

    I love this whole strip of locations on K street. It is cute, it is hip, and Azul is perfectly located smack in the middle of it all.

    The service is great. I love the decorations and Chicano art on the walls, the outdoor seating is nice, and I love the couch seating on the inside. It is not super traditional Mexican which is alright because as a Mexican I think Mexican should be either damn good and better than home authentic or have a great flair. Azul has a great flair.

    You walk up order, get a cute Loteria Card, pick a table, go to the back grab some chips and salsa, sit back, get your food, and enjoy.

    All of their drinks are fabulous and their green/avocado salsa is the bomb, like tick, tick!

    My favorite lunch/dinner dishes are the Sopes, Quesadillas, and Burritos. I was pleasantly surprised to find that their Mariscos were so darn good. Big ups to the chef for making those yummy salads.

    Oh, and their brunch is absolutely the best. You can go super unhealthy and delish and get their Chorizo con Huevos Burrito or you can order the Huevos Mexicanos with Egg Whites and stay on the healthy, either way this is a great brunch pick.  

    Sidebar: They should totally turn this place into a club at night. I would go!

  • 4.0 étoiles

    I was hungry so I fell into the age old Mexican Food Restaurant trap...Free Chips, Salsa and Yummy Bean dip with Cheese and Mole. this is especially bad because during the lunch hour you wait quite a bit to get your food.

    But the food still gets 4 stars. I am a VERY picky chicken person. I don't like fat, skin, bone or mystery chicken. So I went with the Chicken Fajita. It was delish. The chicken itself was amazing all white meat chicken breast and the sauce was nice and flavorful good but not too salty.

    I was a bit annoyed that the server did not ask me for my tortilla preference, so I had to wait to get my corn tortillas. Minus one star for slow service. But I WAS impressed with the taste of the food.

    This is not the same as El Tapatio in P Hill. This place is actually tasty.

  • 2301 Willow Pass Rd
    Concord, CA 94520
    4.0 étoiles

    I love the mini chicken chimichangas so much that I used to drive out to Alameda for them but now they are right down the street. Not to mention their Aguas Frescas are actually frescas! Love the horchata. The food is a bit overpriced and the Salsa is not all that but the food, service, and extensive tequila bar make it all worth it. If you are the church going type you should catch the Sunday brunch (they serve fresh squeezed OJ).

  • 4.0 étoiles

    This place is a modern take on Peruvian cuisine. I personally was not so into the food but loved the bar scene.

    We came here on a Friday trying to catch a bite before a 7pm engagement. The restaurant was closed but the bar was open and serving the full menu. We sat at the bar and tried every specialty drink on the menu.

    The happy hour was decent, more about the food special than the drink specials. The best thing on that menu was the empanadas. The calamari was not the best I have ever had but it was good.

    My favorite drinks were the Santa Maria (Pisco, pomegranate infused tequila, lemon juice and ginger syrup) & Tumi (Pisco quebranta, passion fruit and prickly pear).

    For dinner we ordered the cebiche mixto (Mahi Mahi, calamari, octopus and habanero pepper in ají amarillo leche de tigre with cilantro, red onion, Peruvian corn and yam). It was good but it was more of a modern take on ceviche, very chunky. We also ordered the causa limeña (Dungeness Crab, avocado purée, quail egg, cherry tomatoes, ají amarillo Huancaína sauce with basil cilantro oil) which was cold and did not taste so great.

    For dessert we had buñuelos de chocolate caliente (Orange glazed chocolate beignets with banana and passion fruit ice cream). These were super yummy!

    Overall- the amazing service and the great drinks make this place a great pick for cocktails.

  • 5872 Pacheco Blvd
    Martinez, CA 94553
    4.0 étoiles

    As far as Mexican food goes in the area this is one of the best.

    It is strictly to-go. So if you don't want to wait make sure you call your order in ahead of time.

    My favorite is the Chicken Burrito Supreme (that means chicken, rice, beans and cheese). If you want sour cream and guac you have to get the next one up.

    When I am in the mood for a meal I order the Chicken Flautas. Mmm...que rico! You have to order chips on the side but they are greased to perfection. Oh, and I absolutely love that the salsa bar is self serve.

    Definitely cost effective and definitely yummy!

  • 3306 Mission St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    4.0 étoiles

    I love a good after the club Taqueria. And I must say that this is my favorite. I am very particular about my taquerias they must have (1) horchata (2) limes and salt (3) radishes and jalapenos (4) amazing Salsa verde (5) tiny tacos with two corn tortillas lots of meat, onions, salsa and cilantro for cheap. I must say that this place meets all 5 and more. The meat is wonderfully seasoned and the Salsa that they put on it esta para chuparse los dedos. They give chips and salsa with each order which is a plus. Only downfall is that they close at 2:00am (which can be early for some partiers) and they are pretty far up Mission.

  • 1024 W 10th St
    Antioch, CA 94509
    3.0 étoiles

    My favorite dive supermarket in Antioch. No relation to the Mi Pueblo market chain. This place is tiny and family owned. Looks like a corner market straight out of Mexico and the food and goods are just like in Mexico. They have fresh fruit, a taqueria, bakery, and panaderia.

    The bakery sells custom dulce de leche cakes and masa for tamales. They also have a fridge with a small selection of fresh salsas and ceviche.

    The panaderia is amazing! If I was rating this place just as a panaderia I would give it 5 stars. The sweet breads, cookies, and rolls are delish, way better than Mi Pueblo's. The bread is made fresh daily, super fluffy and not too greasy! Reminds me of Las Montañas in Concord.

    The place is tiny and a bit disorganized. The good news is you can get through the whole thing in seconds and the staff are very helpful.

    Sidebar- parking is very limited so park on the street in short term parking. Even though there is only one register you will be in and out in no time.

  • 2134 Allston Way
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    4.0 étoiles

    I love the fresh salsa bar. The nachos here are total monsters but they rock! I really like the Chicken fajita burrito. If you have read my reviews then you know that I am very judgmental of Mexican places...especially about the agua fresca. Cancun defiantly passes, in my opinion they have some of the best aguas in Berkeley.

  • 4070 Piedmont Ave
    Oakland, CA 94611
    4.0 étoiles

    The staff at this place are very nice. Lots of veggie/healthy options but the food is lacking something as far as good Mexican food goes....hmmmm......maybe they are TOO healthy. Anyways overall I like this place but I would never crave the food out of the blue (which is why it only gets 4 stars).

  • 1015 Clay St
    Oakland, CA 94607
    2.0 étoiles

    I used to work a block away from Gusano. When they first opened I was excited to hear Tropisueño from SF was opening an Oakland spot.

    The experiences for lunch and dinner are very different with one major similarity-  the lack luster service.

    Lunch: during lunch the place is set up with an ordering counter. You order your food get a number and grab your own utensils, chips and salsa and they bring your order to your table. It can get pretty busy.

    I ordered a chicken tostada salad with rice and beans and no dressing. They charged me for an entire side of beans and rice. My order took forever and when it finally arrived it was covered in dressing and had no beans or rice.

    When I took it back to the counter they took forever to help me and didn't even bother apologizing for the mistake. 10 minutes later someone brought out my salad.

    My order was correct but it was not tasty. The mixed greens were mushy and old. My chicken was over seasoned and salty and there were barely any rice and beans even though I got charged for two additional sides. $14 worth of dissatisfaction!

    Dinner: the lunch counter and kitchen are screened over giving the whole place a restaurant vibe. The bar area has just a handful of high tables and a few tv screens. I have gone to their happy hour but never dinner.

    The happy hour specials are pretty good. The $5 House Margaritas are awesome. If I was grading them solely I would give them 5 stars. The tacos are small which is pretty standard for $2. The chicken is over seasoned, the carne Asada is decent, the adobado is alright and carnitas are fatty as it gets.

    I recommend the Fish Tacos $3 and the Flautas which are two for $3. Stay away from the ceviche. It is watery and has no flavor except for the spicy chunks of jalapeños.

    Again, the service is not great. If you ask for silverware, water or anything additional they seem annoyed. The waiters can take a long time to take your order and typically there is only one bartender so if it's full it can take a while to get drinks.

    This is a great place for happy hour deals but just know to expect crummy service . When it comes to the happy hour service you get what you pay for.

    Sidebar: the chips and salsa are mediocre. The green salsa lacks flavor and punch. Don't bother ordering guacamole.

  • 741 Valencia St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    3.0 étoiles

    " Tacolicious makes the boys go loco..."

    Tacolicious is a great pre party spot! Seriously, this is the perfect place to catch the marina crowd prior to a night out. They have a decent happy hour and a decent sized tequila selection.

    The guacamole and chips are very yummy, a great way to carb up before trying some of their margaritas. My favorite ritas are the Fresca and Nopal.

    The tacos are yummy but different. Think dressed up street tacos. The Fried Local Rock Cod Taco is a bit too greasy. The best tacos are the Carnitas and Beef Short Rib. The Chicken and Bistec Adobado are also good.

    So why minus two stars? The service here is inconsistent. I've had my order messed up and forgotten one too many times.

  • 339 University Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    3.0 étoiles

    The vibe was good and the service was amazing! But the tapas where just okay. I remember the mini burger being my favorite.

    Good spot for groups and we walked in with a large group were sat almost immediately and the corkage fee was not horrendous.

  • 3909 Grand Ave
    Oakland, CA 94610
    3.0 étoiles

    My gal and I decided to give this place a try. Just so you know this venue is very odd. The restaurant is located on multiple levels which I always felt challenged the vibe and killed the feng shui. Knowing this I opted for bar seating. The bar is located on the entry level and has a few high tables, a long bar and TV screens.

    We sat at one of the high tables by the window. The server brought over jicama sprinkled in chilli powder, very cute and way better than chips. We ordered the Anejo Sour and La Otra Paloma which were both phenomenal! The Anejo Sour called for another round and will likely elicit a repeat visit.

    To eat we had the Sopecitos de Chorizo which I thought were amazing. We also shared the Baby Butter Lettuce Salad which was huge and delicious. Lastly, we had the Quesadilla Milpera which I didn't really care for, the filling was good but the tortilla was too thick and flavorless.

    The service was attentive and the drinks were amazing. I will likely come back to try some of the platillos fuertes.

  • 4444 Century Blvd
    Pittsburg, CA 94565
    3.0 étoiles

    Most chains are created equally so this one gets extra stars because they have excellent customer service and are conveniently located off the Somersville Road exit on the 4.

    Easy off, quick drive-thru, and easy back onto the freeway. Great somewhat healthy chain, chain, chain option. Try the Pollo Salad!

  • 3375 Port Chicago Hwy
    Concord, CA 94520
    3.0 étoiles

    This is my new favorite Mexican stop in spot in Concord. They have amazing grilled chicken sopes and a great salsa bar. I also recommend the fajita burittos. They also have the freshest aguas frescas. The employees are always sweet and have the best recommendations. I give this place two thumbs up!!! It is great for both quick dine-in and take-out.

  • 1788 4th St
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    2.0 étoiles

    For starters the place is cute. Great location in the 4th St hood.

    We walked up to order our food and the prices seemed reasonable (considering the location). No burritos! My Man was not happy.

    We ordered got our cute loteria card number and found a seat outside (which meant we could not get alcohol, which is restricted to being consumed indoors).

    The Food:
    - Chips & Guac: Ha! What a joke they should call this chips and 3 tablespoons of guac. My man loves guac so he was desperately trying to make the guac last until the food came. Not to mention when we asked for salsa we were told we had to go back and purchase it. This means no salsa for the tacos not to mention if it is the same serving as the guac it is not even worth it!
    - Sope de Chorizo con Papas: the best thing we had hands down. It was greasy and yummy.
    - Taco de Pollo: BLAND. The chicken is not seasoned and since the shell is crispy just adding pico de gallo on top makes it soggy and even blander. Oh, and what kinda Mexican place doesn't serve radishes with the tacos? Answer: This one!
    - Taco de Pastor: was good but not amazing.
    - Taco de Carne Asada: It was good. That is all just good. Would have maybe approached great if it included salsa and radishes.
    - Frijoles Negros: of course served on the side because everything is an extra. Well they were good but not fabulous.
    - Tamale de Chocolate Chips w/Strawberry Compote: come on our family's are the kings of tamale making. For a sweet tamale this just doesn't cut it!
    - Churros: barely a step up from Costco churros. Actually come to think of it Costco is better.
    - Cafe de Olla: not really from an olla but apparently they add some syrup to give it the flavor, this means that it is only good for the first half a cup.

    Glad I tried something new but I definitely will not come back. For these prices I am better off making the track to Colibri in SF much , much better and worth the price. Not to mention all the salsas you want!!!

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