Cafe del Sol, Menlo Park, CA
Super Taqueria, San Jose, CA
LV Mar, Redwood City, CA
El Taco Fresco, Bakersfield, CA
Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA
You will understand once you tried their torta. There are so many variations to choose from. But really. Just any one would do. If you have no idea what their Mexican torta looks like, think of it as a glorified version of a burger with the boring patty replaced with 5-6 different kinds of proteins, and the tasteless lettuce replaced by 3-4 kinds of veggies. Yes, it is humongous. So… Very… Satisfying.
La Mission, Berkeley, CA
If you ever crave some good mole poblana, La Mission is your answer. Tender slow cooked pork generously immersed in a dark rich sauce, carefully wrapped in a fresh tortilla - the result is a lovely mole burrito that is sure to please any palate.
La Mission is not your typical taco joint that serves greasy Mexican food. The tacos and burritos, despite their hearty portions, are all relatively clean creations.
The restaurant is tiny with indoor seating that could accommodate no more than 10. They do have a fairly large outdoor patio with large tables. On a nice sunny day it would be great to enjoy some nice food outdoor. Parking lot is small and fills up rather easily. Street parking is your best bet.
La Casa Don Miguel, Cedar City, UT
Inexpensive and authentic Mexican food. Conveniently located on Hwy 15 on the way between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Menu featured a lot of dishes but sadly they ran out of ingredients for quite a few. I like the chimichanga and ranchero that I had. Fixers like chips, salsa, beans were all excellent as well. Friendly service. Huge portions. You won’t leave here hungry.
Oscar’s Cafe, Springdale, UT
Plaza Jalisco, Forks, WA
Tropisueno, San Francisco, CA
Loteria Taco Bar, San Pedro Marketplace, San Jose, CA
Loteria Taco Bar is a relatively new tenant at the San Pedro Market serving Californian style Mexican bites. The tacos were decent but a bit pricey for what they are. Had the shrimp one and al pastor one. Both tasted fine but nothing significantly better than what you could find at any other Mexican eateries. For a $3+ each, the taco size is surprisingly small.
The $4 churros order came as basket of half a dozen churro chunks with chocolate dip on the side. Make sure you have friends to share them with if you want to get that. The agua fresca was good.
I love their clever use of technology. You can opt to get a text message alert when your food is ready. You can also check the status of your order to see how many orders are in front your yours.
Food: 3/5. Fresh ingredients but perhaps a bit too healthy and too Californian.
Service: 3/5. Cute little counter with smart use of technology.
Ambiance: 3/5. Common dining area shared with other tenants at San Pedro Square.
Price to Value: 3/5. A bit pricey for tacos.
Anepalco’s Cafe, Orange, CA