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    Best Norcal taco - food

    Not burrito, not Tacoma. It's that taco thing that is not a big commitment and you can have two or three different kinds.

    Who makes good ones and what varieties do they do well? Good value?

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    find a dive food truck, and go git some! Seriously. Food trucks do it best.

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    Depends on where you're riding. I like Maria's in Auburn, and Jalisco Taco in Donner (not the Northstar location), and Taco's Los Perico's in SC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    find a dive food truck, and go git some! Seriously. Food trucks do it best.
    Yechhhh. No thanks. Dinky little tacos with cornuts posing as "beef".
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    Sancho's in Palo Alto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    find a dive food truck, and go git some! Seriously. Food trucks do it best.
    No. Just like restaurants, some are schit and some are awesome. The good ones are branded and have some set locations. Name some if you can vouch for good ones.
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    Azteca Market in St. Helena.
    Lengua tacos are killer!
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    Oakland - Guadalajara / Sinola / Grullense / Mi Rancho, so many other great options too
    San Rafael - Taqueria San Jose
    SF - El Castillo for the Al Pastor
    Truckee - Rotisserie for the tritip or Jalisco if it's not busy
    South Lake Tahoe - Super Taco or Jimenez both in the stateline hotel ghetto
    Rocklin - Adalbertoís for the sandiego tacostand experience
    Auburn - used to go to Maria's, but now Jalisco next to Raleys is great or El Portal

    I've realized that there's so many taquerias around the Loomis - Roseville - Rocklin area on I-80, so I've been exploring there
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    Taco Bell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave54 View Post
    Taco Bell!
    They actually have killer breakfast soft tacos & burritos. You can get a Fiesta breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, potato, little bit o' veggies) and a soft taco (scrambled eggs and either bacon or sausage) for $2.50 after tax. It's been my go-to breakfast for months now.
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    You guys inspired me- here's the chicken taco lunch at El Senior Frog's here in town. Best deal around. Lunch and a beer- $12.

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    Donít have names and barely locations. Too lazy to look up.

    San Jose - truck in Valero gas station on San Felipe and Aborn
    San Jose - Something Al Pastor (I think). Restaurant on Almaden Expwy and Camden Ave
    Sunnyvale - Tia Juana on Duane Ave near AMD

    Canít remember others off the top of my head. Would have to think and thatís not happening now.

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    San Rafael - Taqueria San Jose ,good value ,never had a bad one there there aqua freasca's are good too. Right off 101 after China Camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    No. Just like restaurants, some are schit and some are awesome. The good ones are branded and have some set locations. Name some if you can vouch for good ones.
    Monterey Catering in Monterey (duh). I think there's more than one truck. The one that serves the Ryan Ranch businesses at lunch is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Yechhhh. No thanks. Dinky little tacos with cornuts posing as "beef".
    You have to find the right taco truck. There is good ones and some are crap. Sometimes, the Salsa is what Makes or breaks the Spot.

    I am mexican and the best tacos i have ever tasted were on a taco truck in Jalisco,right in the heart of Of Mexico.

    Genuine Mexican Tacos.

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    And this. 🤣 https://youtu.be/IJBfY5OG1Aw

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    La Taqueria in SF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    They actually have killer breakfast soft tacos & burritos. You can get a Fiesta breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, potato, little bit o' veggies) and a soft taco (scrambled eggs and either bacon or sausage) for $2.50 after tax. It's been my go-to breakfast for months now.
    If by killer, you mean that they will literally kill you, you are correct!


    My favorite spots in The Mission in SF are La Corneta, El Metate and El Farolito (the one on 24th) - there are other locations in BA w/ the name El Metate that aren't as good, and some have told me that the other locations of La Corneta aren't as good as The Mission location

    This is my favorite truck, but it doesn't seem to have a consistent schedule

    https://roaminghunger.com/tacos-el-tuca/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmil View Post
    La Taqueria in SF
    Very good spot indeed, but unfortunately it is now way too crowded and overpriced after it was name Bestest Burrito in the Universe by Nate Silver and his methodical burrito shootout

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Very good spot indeed, but unfortunately it is now way too crowded and overpriced after it was name Bestest Burrito in the Universe by Nate Silver and his methodical burrito shootout
    So true. Since then, every time I try to go, there's a line out the door. So many other places to go...
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    FC, since you like to do some serious cooking message Mrs.Obi. She just did a batch of her marinated chicken tacos and fried taquitos. #MexicanWife

    As for #TheBestEver, Tony's Restaurant, Chapala but I'm biased because Tony's family.

    Locally it all depends. The food trucks in San Jose and Santa Clara are killing it lately.
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    Went with a co-irker a couple week ago to the Sinaloa truck near Lake Merritt. Need to go back.

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-sinaloa-oakland-2
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    Metro Balderas Taqueria:
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    300 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95110

    But they donít serve beer.

    Oh, but they are open on Thanksgiving which is helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Not burrito, not Tacoma. It's that taco thing that is not a big commitment and you can have two or three different kinds.

    Who makes good ones and what varieties do they do well? Good value?

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    What makes it good? State the city please.
    San Francisco taco trucks in the mission. 23rd and treat, 18th and Harrison, 15th and harrison. Click.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    Monterey Catering in Monterey (duh). I think there's more than one truck. The one that serves the Ryan Ranch businesses at lunch is great.
    Is Monterey Catering in Monterey?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Very good spot indeed, but unfortunately it is now way too crowded and overpriced after it was name Bestest Burrito in the Universe by Nate Silver and his methodical burrito shootout
    Man, the words 'burrito' and 'shootout' when combined are just wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrkrft69 View Post
    San Francisco taco trucks in the mission. 23rd and treat, 18th and Harrison, 15th and harrison. Click.
    That sounds like Toyonese. They kick ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    That sounds like Toyonese. They kick ass.
    Yup

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    San Rafael - Taqueria San Jose ,good value ,never had a bad one there there aqua freasca's are good too. Right off 101 after China Camp.
    Done that one!

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    Flores in San Francisco. Yes, it's in the Marina/Cow Hollow area. Yes, dinner is exorbitant, particularly for Mexican food. But the happy hour tacos are $3 and the drinks are really well made. Bonus points that it's stumbling distance from my place.

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    El Grullense in Redwood City and Palo Alto. Taco truck at Mitsuwa on Saratoga.

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    The best chicken taco Iíve had is New Mecca in Pittsburg CA. (Outside of El Paso Texas)
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    This is a big deal, please research extensively https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsEnh0q9KLk

    If you need a quick bite after santa cruz, Habaneros in Scotts Valley has a drive thru right off 17, food is pretty decent.

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    El matate in belmont. Best on the peninsula.

    But the best I have ever had have been in San Diego, don't remember names, but every divey taco place that was moderatly busy there is always amazing it seems.

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    Any busy taco truck where you have to stand in line. 1. The food turn over keeps it fresh. 2. Repeat customers are in the know. I learned this eating off Baja taco trucks in the 1980's. It has never failed.
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    Taco trucks I like- great tacos and burritos at reasonable prices:

    Woodland- intersection of Hwy 113 and Main St

    Winters- intersection of Railroad and Hwy 128 (grab your tacos and head to Berryessa Brewery a few miles down 128)

    Rio Vista- truck on Hwy 12 just before the Sac River bridge. They even have a call in number so your order can be waiting - (707) 470-6437

    To me defining characteristics of a good taco truck are the quality and freshness of the meat and the sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred-da-trog View Post
    Any busy taco truck where you have to stand in line. 1. The food turn over keeps it fresh. 2. Repeat customers are in the know. I learned this eating off Baja taco trucks in the 1980's. It has never failed.
    Agree. You can eyeball the line too and gauge if they are taco fans
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    Best Norcal taco - food

    Quote Originally Posted by Obi View Post
    FC, since you like to do some serious cooking message Mrs.Obi. She just did a batch of her marinated chicken tacos and fried taquitos. #MexicanWife

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    That's ok. I hardly know you and I do not know your wife. And i don't eat meat. #trifecta
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    i don't eat meat.
    I was thinking this when you started this thread FC - why torture yourself with learning about all this amazing food you won't even be able to eat! - let's start a vegetarian thread for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    Oakland - Guadalajara / Sinola / Grullense / Mi Rancho, so many other great options too
    San Rafael - Taqueria San Jose
    SF - El Castillo for the Al Pastor
    Truckee - Rotisserie for the tritip or Jalisco if it's not busy
    South Lake Tahoe - Super Taco or Jimenez both in the stateline hotel ghetto
    Rocklin - Adalbertoís for the sandiego tacostand experience
    Auburn - used to go to Maria's, but now Jalisco next to Raleys is great or El Portal

    I've realized that there's so many taquerias around the Loomis - Roseville - Rocklin area on I-80, so I've been exploring there
    Baeza is my go to in Truckee - nothing special at all - but good - standard issue tacos w/ meat, cilantro and onions. Super good hot sauces if you ask for them. They sometimes have a salsa con cacahuates which is really good.

    There is a new-ish mexican market near Save Mart on Deerfield Drive up here in Truckee that is stupid cheap and has really good marinated chicken and asada. They make carnitas on Sundays and Chicharones on Saturdays.

    Any Super Taqueria in the south bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    I was thinking this when you started this thread FC - why torture yourself with learning about all this amazing food you won't even be able to eat! - let's start a vegetarian thread for you!
    That's ok. It's not about me all the time. Even on the threads I start. Ultimately though, I still learn something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    Monterey Catering in Monterey (duh). I think there's more than one truck. The one that serves the Ryan Ranch businesses at lunch is great.
    Nice! never seen that. Been hitting Zarape in Seaside on a regular basis and is one of the better brick and mortars.

    The best by far that I have discovered since moving to the 831 is tacos Ameca in Gilroy, I usually don't spill the beans but I can't pass Gilroy on 101 with out their asada or pastor tacos. I met a mexican family who travel from Watsonville for their food.

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    "There is a new-ish mexican market near Save Mart on Deerfield Drive up here in Truckee that is stupid cheap and has really good marinated chicken and asada. They make carnitas on Sundays and Chicharones on Saturdays." quote

    Agree with the reco on Mi Pueblito.
    Casa B... We call Casa de Blackout. Those Margaritas are hi-test.
    We have switched from Jalisco regulars to Golden Rotisserie regulars. My six Y.O. calls it the Happy Chicken!
    I spent yesterday making torillas with the new-to-me legit wooden tortilla press Santa brought me... mmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    That's ok. It's not about me all the time. Even on the threads I start. Ultimately though, I still learn something.
    Is there a veggie taco?

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    I prefer my own tacos to most restaurants. If you know of some that would compare to Tacos El Yaqui in Rosarito, Baja then I'm all ears.

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-el-yaqui-rosarito

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Svahn View Post
    "There is a new-ish mexican market near Save Mart on Deerfield Drive up here in Truckee that is stupid cheap and has really good marinated chicken and asada. They make carnitas on Sundays and Chicharones on Saturdays." quote

    Agree with the reco on Mi Pueblito.
    Casa B... We call Casa de Blackout. Those Margaritas are hi-test.
    We have switched from Jalisco regulars to Golden Rotisserie regulars. My six Y.O. calls it the Happy Chicken!
    I spent yesterday making torillas with the new-to-me legit wooden tortilla press Santa brought me... mmmmm
    I need to check out the rotisserie! Thanks for the reminder. Nothing beats homemade...anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckee Trash View Post
    Baeza is my go to in Truckee - nothing special at all - but good - standard issue tacos w/ meat, cilantro and onions. Super good hot sauces if you ask for them. They sometimes have a salsa con cacahuates which is really good.

    . . .

    Any Super Taqueria in the south bay.
    Baeza is pretty much my restaurant standby... except I'm very careful about drinking there. The Truckee PD like to wait for people leaving there and pull them over...

    Definitely Super Taqueria!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Is there a veggie taco?
    I eat phish now as long as it's supah phresh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    If you know of some that would compare to Tacos El Yaqui in Rosarito, Baja then I'm all ears.
    Well that's not fair! - bringing a gun to a knife fight when you start comparing tacos from MX to tacos from CA - I bet this spot in Sayulita will give it a run!

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-el-ivan-sayulita

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    Taco Truck

    Super Tacos El Conrro.
    El Camino Real Mountain View at the Car-wash parking lot near Regnstorff.

    Please be careful of the green salsa

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Well that's not fair! - bringing a gun to a knife fight when you start comparing tacos from MX to tacos from CA - I bet this spot in Sayulita will give it a run!

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-el-ivan-sayulita

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    Yeah MX tacos my vote is Tacos Y Mariscos El Sinaloense in Todos Santos

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    In Salinas: La Casa Del Sazon. either location just off of South Main St.
    Taco Tuesday Special - $1 each for any meat and they're ALL excellent.

    -Literally every single other dish there is excellent.
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    Anyone have a recommended taco spot near JMP? Does one exist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    That sounds like Toyonese. They kick ass.
    Yep sounds like -but spelled- tonayense Had a quad plate there yesterday at the Harison Best Buy truck con todo y salsa picante.

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    Just head all the way down to International Blvd - Taco truck heaven.

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    Your nearest taco to JMP is Compadres in Montclair (I call it the 2nd best mexican food in Montclair). It does the job.

    But a quick drop down the hill will land you in Fruitvale and International Blvd, where you'll find the goods. An incomplete guide: https://sf.eater.com/maps/best-tacos...ll-taco-trucks
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    Taqueria Tlaquepaque on Lincoln ave in Willow Glen. Carne asada and al pastor! so good.

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    Nixtaco in Roseville, EVERYTHING made in house, you'll never want to go anywhere else.

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    Lucy's Mexican Grill on blossom hill in san jose. If we're talking taco trucks than Tacos Santiaguito on Saratoga ave. Both spots worth checking out if you're in the area

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent_G View Post
    Nixtaco in Roseville, EVERYTHING made in house, you'll never want to go anywhere else.
    Came here to say this. If you're coming through Sac on 80, get to Nixtaco. GREAT taps too. NIXTACO ‚Äď Really Mexican Tacos

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    Taqueria Sinaloa

    at the corner of international blvd. and fruitvale ave in Oakland. Grab your food and head over to Ale Industries and grab and pint and feast. Love doing this after rides...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BStrummin View Post
    Came here to say this. If you're coming through Sac on 80, get to Nixtaco. GREAT taps too. NIXTACO ‚Äď Really Mexican Tacos
    Nix is crack. The chicharron will drop panties. You will enter rehab after eating here.

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    a few of my favorites,

    tacos el compa taqueria in blossom hill rd, san jose

    super taqueria at 911 McLaughlin Ave, San Jose

    El super burrito in Millbrae
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    Ron Aclan's grill. Located out of his hatchback in various dirt lots around the south bay and Santa Cruz. Look for the signature Golden State Warrior's laser-cut spatula and a contagious smile. If you see him, I'm probably somewhere nearby.

    Photo: Ron making his famous Paella Taco for two.

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    Taqueria Vallarta on 24th in SF my favorite legit street stype taco's. Oh and Nicks Crispies made Nick's way. Its gringo mexican food but flipping delicious.

    I love El Castallito too but go burrito there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etuck View Post
    Oh and Nicks Crispies made Nick's way. Its gringo mexican food but flipping delicious.
    2nd that. Nick Crispy Tacos are about as whitebread as it can get, down to their Nantucket-style decorating.

    But it is a damn good taco.
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    C Casa in Napa. Healthy and good!

    El Molino Central in Sonoma is pretty good too.

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    Chavez Market in Ukiah, they make your tortillas to order in a janky, worn out tortilla press. The best I've had, and I grew up in Salinas working in the fields with my Dad...

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    This isn't even close, Taqueria San Bruno is the best. It is cheap and the only Michelin rated taqueria around I know of. It blows away the famous places in the City.

    https://www.viamichelin.com/web/Rest...o-470241-41102

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-san-bruno-san-bruno

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    Los Gallos in Concord for us way east bay folks...

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    ^this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT View Post
    In Salinas: La Casa Del Sazon. either location just off of South Main St.
    Taco Tuesday Special - $1 each for any meat and they're ALL excellent.

    -Literally every single other dish there is excellent.
    Went there for lunch today, 3 tacos took them 30 minutes with just 4 people in there. No Tuesday special either. Tasty but not worth the wait.
    I'm the problem....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT View Post

    -Literally every single other dish there is excellent.
    Say wut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BStrummin View Post
    Came here to say this. If you're coming through Sac on 80, get to Nixtaco. GREAT taps too. NIXTACO ‚Äď Really Mexican Tacos
    Going to check these guys out Sat. Taps are outrageous (online), but the food had better be good or you owe us for a 1/2 hour drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjp View Post
    Chavez Market in Ukiah, they make your tortillas to order in a janky, worn out tortilla press. The best I've had, and I grew up in Salinas working in the fields with my Dad...
    Ooh, good tip. My sis lives in Yokayo, will have to try next time I visit.

    (Edit: bought beer there once, but no food. Bummer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    Went there for lunch today, 3 tacos took them 30 minutes with just 4 people in there. No Tuesday special either. Tasty but not worth the wait.

    -Trippy. I was there at Noon yesterday and the special was goin'.
    2 of us DEMOLISHED 16 Tacos.

    Were you at the one on Clay St./Salinas or Romie Lane?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT View Post
    -Trippy. I was there at Noon yesterday and the special was goin'.
    2 of us DEMOLISHED 16 Tacos.

    Were you at the one on Clay St./Salinas or Romie Lane?
    Romie Lane

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    Huh, i'm surprised they're not doing the lunch special at both locations...

    So. Go to Clay Street peep's next time you're in Salinas. You won't be disappointed!
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    In regard to trucks, not brick and mortar, it looks like no one has mentioned the Los Plebes Mexican Food Truck, AKA the Lytton Springs Taco Truck. Not far from if you're riding at Lake Sonoma. Fantastic carne asada. I don't live that close to it and I find myself wondering why I haven't found a place local to me that does carne asada like they do.

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    No trails nearby but Chandos Tacos in Rancho Cordova and Sacramento also have a taco truck and are good. Always a line out onto the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpre View Post
    In regard to trucks, not brick and mortar, it looks like no one has mentioned the Los Plebes Mexican Food Truck, AKA the Lytton Springs Taco Truck. Not far from if you're riding at Lake Sonoma. Fantastic carne asada. I don't live that close to it and I find myself wondering why I haven't found a place local to me that does carne asada like they do.
    Great stuff. Both times I was there, a garbage truck would stop there for lunch. Tough enjoying a great taco smelling that.
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