Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA
Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA
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
Chicken Tacos, Chipotle, Redwood City, CA
Una Mas, SJC Airport, San Jose, CA
Relatively cheap and quick place to grab a bite at the newly renovated SJC airport. Food was far than stellar. Breakfast Fiesta Burrito was sadly bland. Huevos Con Chorizo Burrito had a little more flavors. It wasn’t too terrible but I can’t say I truly enjoyed my meal.
Why is it so impossible to find reasonably priced good food at the airport?
Food: 2/5. Plain old non memorable burritos.
Service: 1/5. Assembly line fast food counter.
Ambiance: 1/5. Common dining area at the airport.
Price to Value: 2/5. It will fill your stomach.
Island Taco, Waimea, Kauai Island, HI
The tacos here were the most memorable things I have eaten during my Kauai trip. Just because they sell tacos don’t immediately assume it is a Mexican eatery. It is a 100% Hawaiian place with a lot of island flair.
Ahi and Mahi Mahi tacos were both heavenly. If it is your first visit, do not leave without trying either one (preferably both). You will be really silly to order something like pork or chicken and pass up the seafood. The fish tasted very fresh and the seasoning really complimented it well.
One thing you need to know - these tacos are not human size. A single one is filling enough for most. Don’t even think about getting two unless you are training for an eating competition. Their freshly made tortilla tasted amazing. The fried tortilla chips on the side were irresistible too. I love the variety of dipping sauce available. Cilantro Lime and Shoyu Curry were both so very delicious.
Make it a must stop on your way to Waimea Canyon.
Food: 4/5. Really can’t say no to those fish tacos.
Service: 5/5. Very friendly and full of smiles.
Ambiance: 3/5. Very small restaurant with mostly outdoor table, you get to enjoy the island sunshine.
Price to Value: 4/5. Big and tasty.
El Grullense, Redwood City, CA
Came back to this taqueria again for some quick munchies and left feeling completely satisfied.
Cheap food. Freshly prepared. Very gratifying meal.
Can’t go wrong with their tacos. Lots of meat choices and nothing I have tried so far wasn’t good. Chorizo, Cabeza (beef head) and Lengua (beef tongue) were particularity memorable. Quesadilla and enchiladas did not disappoint either.
Food was overall quite greasy and the tortilla wasn’t the best. The flavors though, were spot on.