Tacodeli

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A few months ago, I took a vacation trip to Austin, TX with some of my buddies. Before flying out, my friend told me Austin was known for their breakfast tacos. Coming from California, I was already used to eating breakfast burritos from Taquerias. However, I’ve never had the luxury of having a breakfast taco before so we made it our goal to eat one on our trip. Therefore, for my first food adventure in Austin, TX we checked out Tacodeli.

According to my friend, Tacodeli was a popular spot for locals and hipsters. Unsurprisingly, he was right.

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As you enter, you see the place is listed with many different type of tacos. Thankfully, their was a section reserved for their specialty tacos.

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[I just noticed the random person under the table]

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The great thing about this spot is that they provide different salsas. Consequently, if you are sensitive Sally to spices then you can get their weak sauce. If you are a beast like me, you can get their spicy sauces.

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For my tacos, I ordered The Otto (Refried black beans, bacon, avocado and Monterrey Jack cheese) and The Vaquero (Eggs scrambled with grilled corn, roasted poblano & red peppers, and topped with Monterrey Jack cheese). Both were very good, but if I had to make a choice, I feel The Vaquero was better.  Regardless, both were very good and were highly recommended by the cashier.

Overall, I really liked this spot and these breakfast tacos. I still prefer breakfast burritos from California, but these were still up to par. As a result, if you are from the area or visiting, check it out. Place is small, has friendly employees, and was affordable.

Later Days…

1500B Spyglass Dr
Austin, TX 78746

Mon 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Nopalito

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I am not going to lie, I tried this place because the name Nopalito is fun to say outloud. If you are like me, then you will have a blast saying their name over and over when you read their menu.

Regardless, Nopalito is a nice spot to check out during the day with a date or friend. It has a good ambiance and welcoming feel that will allow you and your eating partner to chat with ease.

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Even though this place is known for their Mexican dishes, you wouldn’t guess that due to the interior decor. I like the decorations and layout, but it ain’t no taqueria. This can either be a positive or negative depending on what time of eater you are. For me, I had no issues. I just looked at it as a diner with Mexican food.

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Picture above is an example of something you normally would not find in your typical Mexican taqueria. Again, no biggy. Just know that this isn’t going to be the hole-in-the-wall you are seeking.

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For a snack, Nopalito gives you these spicy nuts to nibble on. Love dem nuts in my mouf.

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For drinks I ordered their horchata. I do not remember what the other drink was because my ex got that months ago. I just remember the horchata being hands-down better. Both were good, but that horchata was pretty damn good.

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For my ex’s dish, she ordered their empanada. It didn’t look like a typical empanada I have seen at other restaurants, but it was still pretty good. The avocado and sauce mixed on top made it good.

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As for me, I ordered their signature dish, pork belly quesadilla. I really liked this especially when I put on their homemade hot sauce on top. Had a nice crunch texture and the pork belly was delicious. It was a bit dry for a quesadilla, but still was worth a try.

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And lastly, we ended the meal with some Mexican cookie treats. These are complimentary as were the spicy nuts. These were pretty good. Just be aware that these are pretty powdery. Therefore, don’t try to go Rambo and dominate it all within one bite.

In conclusion, I thought this was a nice spot to check out. In reality, this would normally not be my typical spot to hit up for Mexican food, but I still enjoyed myself.

Later Days…

1224 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

Mon-Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm

Sun 10:30 am – 10 pm

Chando’s Tacos

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Are you a cheapskate who like tacos at a low affordable price? Well, I do and Chando’s Tacos is one of those type of places located in Sacramento, California.

About over a year ago, I was in the area for an annual conference that was being held in the area. Knowing I was going to probably be hungry right after the event, I contacted one of my buddies in the area to grab lunch. Not being from the area, I requested my friend to find a location close and cheap. I wasn’t exactly sure on what I wanted, but I knew I was craving anything with some meat (Giggity). As a result, my friend decided to take me to one of his favorite spots, Chando’s Tacos.

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Chando’s in general is a small building in Sacramento that serves their customers through a sliding door where they are able to order and pick-up their food. In other words, a drive-thru system minus the cars. In addition, they have an eating area located in the back of the building where they allow their customers to sit and relax while eating their food.

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As you can tell from the photos above, their menu is very affordable. If you are craving a simple taco, this is a good spot to check out for their pricing. One of the biggest positives to this is their variety of meats. Being so cheap you may sometimes worry their choice of meats may be limited. Thankfully, this place wasn’t and allowed their customers to order more than your typical three choices of meat for a cheap price.

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[Close-up of what the man was barbecuing.]

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As for my meal, I ordered some of their fish tacos. I am a big fish taco fan so I had to try theirs once I saw it on their menu. To my delight, I enjoyed them. Not for the fish in particular, but instead for their sauce and salsa. Don’t get me wrong, the fish in the taco was very good. However, the highlight to me was the sauce they put with it. Definitely tasted fresh and was a needed moisture for the taco. I also think the value of the price is what made it good for me too. You know the saying, if you are able to get it for cheap or free, the food always tastes better. Therefore, if you are ever in the area and craving a small, but fulfilling meal, this is a good spot to check out.

The sauce is worth it.

Later Days…

863 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95816

Mon-Sun 10:30 am – 10 pm

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Mi Pueblo

As of lately, I have been in a huge veggie burrito phase. Commonly, I enjoy eating breakfast burritos, shrimp burritos, lengua (beef tongue) burritos, and sometimes veggie burritos. I have been told frequently by a family member of how odd it is to order a veggie burrito. In his perspective, he sees it as a waste of a burrito. I, on the other hand, see it differently. Instead I believe veggie burritos are harder to make.

Normally, the meat is the highlight of a burrito. Therefore, when having to remove it in a burrito, the cook needs to make sure they do the other parts very carefully. A veggie burrito can either be delicious or feel like a soggy salad in a tortilla if done wrong. As a result, I feel they are just as good as regular burritos if done correctly. And I personally feel Mi Pueblos is one of the top spots in Northern California who does veggie burritos.

Before, continuing with this review I just want to share that Mi Pueblos is a mini taqueria chain in Sonoma/Marin County of California. In some ways, it is similar to Molca Salsa and Alberto’s in SoCal. If you are from SoCal this should hopefully help you understand the comparison. If not, another way for me to describe it is that there are 5 other restaurants under the same management.

Now back to my food review. Mi Pueblo is a very popular spot in Sonoma County. People commonly come here for their huge portions and their margaritas. There are about eight different flavors they offer for their margaritas for a cost of $7 to $8. Depending on the size you choose.

As for me, I come here for the veggie burritos. In fact, I have gone here five times in the past three weeks in order to receive their veg burrito.

Their veggie burritos come in a wet burrito style. In other words, no tin foil wrapping. Just straight up burrito on a plate with sauce drizzled all over. I am commonly a fan of this type of style, but this place does not drown it with a strong sauce. In the photo the sauce may seem oily, but in reality it isn’t. It is very light.

As for the burrito itself, it is very tasty. The tortilla is soft due to the style and the sour cream is very good. The good thing about their burritos is that they make sure to mix it properly. A common issue I find in burritos is that they do not distribute the products properly in the tortilla. For example, in a bad burrito you might be unable to taste the avocado until you reach one certain point of the burrito. This place doesn’t do that mistake. Instead they spread it out properly where each bite taste the same. This is something I really appreciate and keep coming back for.

Even though I commonly come here for their veggie burritos, I did take photos of dishes my cousin ordered. I forget the first photo, but the second one was their shrimp cocktail. It was a really big dish and I can tell it made him really full.

And lastly, every time you come here the place gives you a free complimentary dish of chips and salsa. I wouldn’t normally share this since many taquerias do this, but I felt I had to share this because of their red salsa. It is honestly very tasty and addicting to eat. When I mean addicting, I am referring to how difficult it is to stop eating it. It is like eat Cheez-Its. You just can’t stop eating after one.

Overall, I feel this is a good spot for people to try out. These places are commonly busy and filled with people having a good time. If you like alcohol and Mexican food then you will be sure to have a good time.

Later Days…

800 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

That’s It Market

That’s It Market is the perfect example of a food place you can love, but cannot go back to eat too often. The reason why I say you cannot go back here so often is because of the calories. If I ate here at least two times a week, I know my anus would not be happy with me. And the food I am specifically referring to that my anus would not be pleased with is their specialty dish, the Torta Cubana.

Before I introduce their main dish, let me give some background information of the location. First off, this place is located in the busy part of the Mission District in San Francisco, CA. Due to their location, I would recommend to come here during the day so you can find parking. You can still find some in the evening/night, but it will be a heck of a lot easier to find parking in the residential areas around lunch time.

Second, is that this place is generally your typical liquor store. It is not a restaurant, but they do have a designated part in the store dedicated for the kitchen and eating area. Some may find that a bit strange, but I honestly liked it right away. Through this display you are able to look/smell your food being cooked and have the ability to buy any soda, beer, or snacks you want while you wait.

Third, this place has been on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation when he visited San Francisco. I never saw the episode, but was intrigued when I found out about it when entering the store.

And lastly, before coming print a page of their Yelp. This will give you a two dollar discount on the Torta Cubana, which will make it come out to be $8. It is only two dollars, but anytime the value goes down the taste gets better.

Now for their main dish, the Torta Cubana. This dish is honestly a meat lover’s dish from heaven. It is all meat and all calories. As mentioned earlier in past posts, I am big on calories. Problem is you can only have this every so often because it contains A LOT of calories. In this dish you will find:

  1. Beef
  2. Bacon
  3. Chorizo
  4. Hot dogs
  5. Ham
  6. Eggs
  7. Cheese
  8. Mayo
  9. Guacamole
  10. Lettuce
  11. Tomato
  12. Bread roll
  13. Jalapeños

 

This my friends is the work of Michelangelo. If you are ever in San Francisco, this is a top spot I recommend to stop by. Be prepared to leave this place full and possibly with leftovers. Also be prepared to have some heavy dingle berries at the end of the day.

2699 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Mon-Sun 11 am – 2 am

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