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Sep 8, 2006 02:19 AM

Berkeley - Best Burrito/Tacos?

has to be open on Sundays and not named Gordo, Picante or Cactus Taqueria...

oh yeah.. chipotle also

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  1. Taqueria Cancun, downtown on Alston off Shattuck. Open Sunday...parking can be difficult but it's free on Sunday.

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    1. re: ML8000

      FWIW, I was at Taqueria Cancun over the weekend. They've gone a bit down hill value wise -- raised the prices, smaller portions. It could have been an off day since it was very busy...but you wonder.

      1. re: ML8000

        Yes, Cancun used to be quite the bargain, but prices have gone up recently. I really like their salsa bar and am addicted to the pumpkin. Their carnitas are usually pretty good and you get quite a bit if you get them as a side order. Probably the best bargain there now is the chorizo with refried beans. Combined with the soft tortillas and an order of the guacamole fresca (freshly chopped avocado with salsa fresca, much better than that frothy whipped up version) and you have enough tacos for two meals.

      2. re: ML8000

        technical note, this is acutally cancun taqueria, and not affiliated with the chain in SF, rather, affiliated with the tlaloc/chilayo group

      3. You forgot to exclude 'Baja Fresh Mexican Grill', 'High Tech Burrito' and '360 Degree Gourmet Burrito'. With the addition of Casa Gourmet Burrito in Lafayette I'm very skeptical of any place with 'gourmet' AND 'burrito' in the DBA.
        Not sure if any of the above have infested Berserkly yet...

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        1. re: DiveFan

          High Tech has, don't think 360 has yet. I had a 360 burrito about 10yrs ago and thought it was pretty disgusting when there was a big leaf of lettuce in it.

          1. re: kc72

            360 had a spot on Shattuck a few blocks north of Borders, two blocks south of Central, about ten years ago. No idea if it is still there or not. I went once, and that was that for that fru-fru chain.

            1. re: Marc Wallace

              Alot changes in the menu after 10 years, I had 360 a couple of days ago and the beef fajita burrito was pretty good. Only bad thing was paying extra for cheese. I thought all burritos came with cheese. lol

            2. re: kc72

              After several years of patronage (I work nearby), I've figured out how to make a Hi-Tech Burrito edible. I order a small pork burrito, regular tortilla, Spanish rice, and hot sauce (they ask you about each of these), then add several of the "free" extras: tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro. Sometimes I substitute steak for pork, but that's the only permitted variance. I usually end up eating the whole thing (it's pretty small, the small...), which I didn't useta before I stumbled on this combo. Not a recommendation as such, but if you're backed against the wall and it's Hi-Tech or nothing, it works...

          2. No contest - La Calaca Loca ... great pica de gallo ... great.


            Technically in Oakland in the Temescal area

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            1. re: rworange

              La Calaca Loca's close to a mile from the Berkeley border.

              1. re: psb

                On a less sarcarstic note:
                I thought the winner was the corn more than the limes
                [see detailed review pointed to above] ... the elote
                was great!

                The Baja Crispy Fish Taco Especial was good, but I dont
                get comparable things often enough to say if it was the
                best of the breed. It is a bit pricier volumewise compared
                to a "mission burrito" of course. Not the standout item for

                The flan was certainly better than average [for cheepish
                places ... not comparing to "nice restaurants"]. Also a
                solid recommendation in my opinion.

                Except for the salt acting on my just-back-from-yosemite
                chapped lips, I thought the soju-based lime/pomegrate
                margarita was a fine drink.

                I'm sure I would have never noticed that place without
                the 'hound pointer. And I am also sure I wouldnt have
                tried the elote without the recommendation, so a big
                thanks for me and this is what hounding is all about!

                p.s. for lunch I had the pork sandwich and sort of a
                soapy-tasting $3 smallish canataloup agua fresca from
                900 GRAYSON ... i think the only slightly more expensive
                meal from THE CRAZY SKELETON was a better deal ...
                altough I intend to try some more stuff from 900G.

                1. re: psb

                  Are you talking about La Calaca Loca?

                  Might be good to copy that report to the La Calaca Loca topic.

            2. The fish tacos at Taqueria La Familia on Shattuck at Ashby are probably
              the best in the city. Not sure about the Sunday thing since it is, in fact,
              run by a family. You can leaf through the wedding album while you wait for
              your order.

              In the meat department, there's the standard carne asada (not good),
              carnitas (very good), and a couple of types of chicken (reddish and
              greenish, both real nice).

              They put lettuce on their burritos. Beware

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              1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                I like their fish tacos too, and love the owners, but I don't know about the Sunday thing there either.

                  1. re: kc72

                    Northeast, a couple doors up from the corner deli. Funny, I use to live about 3 blks away and use to go...but didn't think of it. IMO, overall Cancun is better...but the fish tacos might be better at La Familia.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      Checked yesterday. La Familia is closed on Sunday.

                      Is Fonda on Solano in Berkeley? If not, it's close. Not a taqueria by a long
                      shot, but the $7 pair of duck tacos are very good. I mention this because
                      of the note about chipotle in the original post. Fonda chipotele-izes everything,
                      including the ketchup.

                      1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                        Fonda's in Albany. Those tacos are really good. They're $9 on the dinner menu, $6.50 on the late night menu.


                      2. re: ML8000

                        I second the recommendation for La Familia's fish tacos, which I tried after seeing the reports here. The fish comes out very nicely, fried crispy but not greasy. If they'd leave the rice out of the taco, it'd be just about perfect.

                        I'll have to try La Calaca Loco's version a little further down Shattuck to see if it's just as good.

                        EDIT: I believe they're $2.95 apiece. It's a good idea to order one, see if it (along with the free chips and salsa) fills you up, and then go for another if you've got room. They're big!

                          1. re: Agent 510

                            Well, I tried the basic fish taco at La Calaca Loco and liked it. Definitely a step up from Rubio's, but La Familia is still my favorite. The La Calaca version is actually prepared the same way as its Rubio's counterpart, with a dressing that's more tangy and lime-y than creamy.

                      3. re: Chuckles the Clone

                        I am sad to report that La Familia no longer lives up to the hype. It's just a short walk from my house. Certainly closer than Vietnam, but you can find a much better fish taco in Temescal.

                      4. I just had an amazing al pastor taco from Tacubaya on 4th street (3.15). It was loaded with meat and topped with an avocado sauce. There were crispy parts and extremely tender parts. I thought it was better than the al pastor tacos from the el gordo truck on international. I also had a bowl of the sopa de tortilla which was delicious and improved even more when I added a side of rice to it. The blue bottle iced coffee washing it all down was wonderful as well.

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                        1. re: jiongliu

                          Was it real al pastor sliced from a vertical spit?