10.20.2012

Taco Roundup #5


It's been a busy month for the Maven. Back from NYC I went up to SF for a quickie visit with dear friends and then off to Ojai again to put the finishing touches on a fancy remodel.

I ate a lot of tacos. I pretty much eat one every day as you know. Of all the places I ate, only one really deserves it's own post (Tepatitlan) but these are worthy spots so if you are nearby, check 'em out!

SANTA ROSA - my friend Dana Reinhardt is a YA Author. I went with her to a speaking event and lo and behold it was across the street from a place I wanted to try last time I passed through the area. LA ROSA TEQUILERIA & GRILL is supafun.

They do have an increible selection of tequila and a damn good crispy taco which they busted out for me at 10:55 AM as they were opening even though it's a dinner menu item. Super crunchy and I liked the wavy shell. Nice eclectic decor.  They do lots of tequila pairing events. Fun peeps.

Shredded Beef Crispy Taco - Avail at Dinner Only
 
SANTA BARBARA - I convinced my taco pal Chris to try SU CASA which is around the block from her house. She had driven by it a bazillion times but out of habit always headed for EL ZARAPE, which is a great down and dirty quickie place.
 
The service here was great. They had a nice patio, good beer selection and generous portions. My tacos were good enough and the salsa was especially good. She has been back a few times since so that's a good sign!
 
Crispy Pastor and Soft Shrimp Tacos
 
INGLEWOOD - Doing an errand with a friend, I had about 15 min. to kill. Time for a Taco! I don't know why I was drawn to this place, but I really liked it. They were sweet, it was clean and they make their crispy tacos on the grill which I really like. Cheap, cheap, cheap and lots of Mexican families chowing down. 
 
MI ZACATECAS was the one I ate at, but there is another place down the street called just Zacatecas that get's a better Yelp review. Next time!
 
Griddle Crispy Tacos. Ground beef and Pastor.
 
CHULA VISTA - I had to drive down to San Diego to drop off some stuff that this awesome gal Monica Page is taking down to Baja for me. Big stuff that doesn't fit in my car like old Morrocan trunks and mattresses. We start talking about tacos and she tells me I  MUST go to this fish taco truck. So I do.
 
No longer in the location that YELP lists in the link, you get off at Main St., head N. and it's right on the corner at Main and Industrial in a parking lot. VERY fresh, lots of fans. The grilled shrimp was great and tons of mariscos too. Maybe a few too many tomatoes on top. The official name is MARISCOS Y TACOS EL KIKI.
 
Battered fish and grilled shrimp tacos
 
OJAI - Stick to where the Mexicans eat. That's the way to find good food in Ojai. Street tacos and Knead Baking Co. which is AWESOME. Otherwise, it's all pretty mediocre there. I've been meaning to hit up this Panaderia for a year. But the smell of sweet stuff usually turns me away.
 
It's actually called DIAZ'S BAKERY though I never saw the sign. Last week I busted my move and these quickie cheapie tacos were GREAT. Tender, clean meat and some kick arse salsa. YUM YUM. They are right next to the healthfood market on Matillja. You can't miss 'em. Follow the donut smell.
 
Carnitas and Asada tacos with spicy salsa.
 
So as you can see, I've been all over but still managed to faithfully document my eats for your reading and eating pleasure.
 
PROVECHO.

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