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Jul 22, 2006 08:13 PM

Fresno Taco Crawl?

After reading the NY Times article on the Hwy 1 taco crawl, I'm craving tacos (shrimp, asada, carnitas, etc.). Any suggestions in the Fresno area?

Here's the link to the article, in case you didn't catch the post below. Thanks, LVI.

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  1. I would say you would have to include Chris' Meat Market on your taco crawl. It is a true Fresno experience and icon. The place is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Of course, the clientele may get a little sketchy at 3am, but that is all part of the fun. I included a link at the bottom so you could read a little about it if you haven't already heard about it.

    1323 Kern Street
    Chinatown area

    1. Thanks. I was going to give Chris' a try, but 411 didn't have their #, so I settled for Tacos Tijuana on Ventura. Mmm, carne asada tacos with the perfect amount of grease.... eaten in the dark due to Fresno blackouts.... :0)

      Thanks for the tip. Can't wait to try Chris'!

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      1. re: sillyrabbit

        Yeah, the real name of the place is April Meat #2 or something like that. A new owner bought Chris' awhile ago, but no one calls it April and the sign on the door still says Chris' Meat Market. So, 411 probably has it under April Meat. Glad you had a good taco anyway, Tacos Tijuana has a good reputation as well. Sorry to hear you were in blackout territory, hope you weren't too hot.

        I hope others will chime in about their favorite tacos in Fresno. I am going to confess a unhealthy addiction to Chipotle tacos. I LOVE them! I know Chipotle is a chain owned by McDonalds, but I think their tacos are great. The adobo marinated chicken is moist and flavorful and the guacamole is fresh and yummy. I am going to defend myself by saying that each Chipotle restaurant buys local ingredients, including meat and veggies and stuff to make their tacos, burritos, etc.

        When a greasy taco urge hits, I am obviusly going to head down to Chris'. I love tacos with just the meat and some salsa. But when I want a gringo taco with fresh lettuce and crema, I think of Chipotle.

      2. The southeast corner of Tulare and First Sts. has a new large scale Mexican market (Fiesta, iirc), if you enter the doors that face the intersection you step into a large food court, one line has prepared dishes where you can order tacos, burritos, and a host of authentic delights, the other line has cooked meats, guacamole, etc. for take home. Really worth checking out.

        There's a little takeout window just off the Fulton Mall on the spur nearest Grizzly Stadium, excellent tacos for @1.00-1.25.

        It's too hot right now but when the temp dips below 100 try the two taco trucks parked in an L shape at the NW corner of Clinton and Chestnut, one dishes up seafood, the other tacos, burritos, tostadas and the like. Sorry can't recall the name at the moment and am pressed for time. I've reported on all the above in the recent past so a search on Fresno should pick them up.

        Completely agree with gbg about Chris' Mkt. Also Don Pepe's cooks up some great chow at the SE corner of Gettysburg and Blackstone (in front of Fresno Ag Hardware), I've been stuck on their seafood and haven't gotten around to trying the other items.

        Do report back. Cheers.

        1. My tummy is fat and sassy at the moment from lunch at Chris'. I ordered two carne asada tacos and a pork tamale to go, and for $3.78, I am very satisfied. The tacos were filled to the brim with meat, and a little bit of cilantro and onion for garnish. I would probably ask for a little more onion next time. I passed on their hot sauce and used Tapatio instead. The tamale was ok, but I think I'd save room for another taco next time since they were so tasty.

          Thanks for the great recommendation, glazebrookgirl! I'm looking forward to taking my foodie co-workers there for lunch.

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          1. re: sillyrabbit

            Chris' does some pretty good tortas also, if you try the ham & cheese order by first stating "torta" then ham & cheese. If you do the reverse you get a regular grilled sand.