Monday, February 23, 2015

Eat in Berkeley: Tacubaya

Chilaquiles made with sautéed tortillas in guajillo chile sauce, scrambled eggs, onions, queso fresco, crema, and cilantro

Taco de Asada made with grilled Niman Ranch beef, salsa roja, onions, and cilantro

Tamal: shredded pork tamal with mole negro, steamed in cornhusks

Plantanos: fried plantains coated in canela and sugar, then topped with crema

Horchata: chilled, sweetened rice drink with almond and canela

If you're looking for delicious, well-priced food on Fourth Street, I'd highly recommend visiting Tacubaya. Located in Berkeley's adorable, yet not very affordable, shopping district, this restaurant is known for their traditional Mexican food. (They were even recommended in this year's Michelin Guide.)

When I visited this weekend, I tried the Chilaquiles, the Plantanos, and the Horchata, while my dining companions had the Taco de Asada and the Tamal. I've only ever had chilaquiles at Oakland's Grand Lake Kitchen, which I loved. I'll have to add Tacubaya's to my list of favorites. The tortilla chips were covered in the flavorful guajillo chile sauce perfectly and were paired with the scrambled eggs very well. The queso fresco and onions accentuated the dish's flavor even more. The Plantanos were everything I want in fried plantains: sweet in taste and soft in texture. The Horchata was much sweeter than I'm used to, but still quite delicious. My dining companions said they enjoyed their dishes as well, the steak taco being a big crowd-pleaser.

Next time I visit Tacubaya I'll try the Enchiladas or the Torta de Jamon breakfast sandwich with ham and a fried egg. Mmm fried eggs...

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1788 4th Street., Berkeley, CA 94710
Open: Monday - Friday 10 - 9, Saturday - Sunday 9 - 9

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