I’m a self-proclaimed foodie wannabe. While I make no effort to actually LEARN to cook (goal for 2011? 2012?) I know a solid meal when I see one. This past week, I had two separate meals out at different Mexican restaurants, so I thought I’d do a little overview of some of my favorite places to grub on some Mexican food (since I’ll really miss it when I’m back in Spain:)
- El Cholo (Santa Monica) – I trekked out to Santa Monica on a traffic-free Monday night (thank youuu 4th of July long weekend) to have dinner with some pretty cool people…(Matt, Whitney, and Bubba) at this legit Mexican place called “El Cholo.” While the restaurant’s name may be mildly offensive (but not as bad as the old place on TO Blvd. called “Two Gringos”) the food was delicious! The waiter insisted they had the “best tacos in Los Angeles…Rachel Ray said so.” Whitney took that challenge (con queso) and I ordered the Sonora Style Enchilada which apparently was their first enchilada and they’ve been serving it since 1923. I was definitely a fan (but I’m also a sucker for anything with a fried egg on top). Overall, solid authentic Mexican and a delicious margarita. They don’t do it like this on the east coast, that’s for sure.
- El Tecolote (Camarillo) – The sales team at Lenmar (where I work) made their sales goals again, so we were treated to a company lunch at this place. The food was decent (but not amazing) but it’s worth trying for the kitschy owl (tecolote in Spanish) decor and amazing tortilla chips. It’s also kind of cool that they’ve been around since 1946.
- La Burrita (Berkeley) Such a Berkeley staple. While not necessarily the most “authentic” Mexican food (and definitely not the healthiest southside eatery) I DEFINITELY miss splitting the super nachos at 2 a.m. post Kips and gorging on their burritos most Fridays after Beat the Clock.
- Cactus (Oakland) My aunt and uncle took me here when I was younger, and I quickly fell in love with this College Ave. location. The mole sauce (on any and everything) is AMAZING and these caramel/powdered sugar cookies are the best things ever. I had some great meals here – with my immediate family, aunt and uncle, advisor and friend Kristina, and numerous friends from AXO.
There’s nothing like a Margarita Monday or Taco Tuesday to kick the week off…Where’s YOUR favorite place for Mexican food?