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Carne Asada and Tamales in Fruitvale/Oakland

andieeast Dec 5, 2006 06:33 PM


I'm going to have a soiree at my house and was wondering if anyone had good recommendations for Carne Asada in Fruitvale? I wanted to bar b que and so pick up the meat the day of the event. Though I have heard it might rain so if anyone has recommendations for Tamales I'd appreciate that as well.

Andie East

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    sarvey Dec 6, 2006 04:19 PM

    Someone knows much more about this than I do, but no one has replied thus far. While not in Fruitvale, I highly recommend the seasoned meats ready for bbqing at Chavez Supermarket in Hayward off of Tennyson and Patrick. If you do a google search you can find the Chavez site and directions. There are many Chavez stores but I think the Hayward one is closest to Fruitvale. While you are there, try a fabulous taco or chile relleno from their taqueria. I recommend the carnitas.

    Now other folks can surely chime in with Fruitvale recs, no?

    1. Robert Lauriston Dec 6, 2006 04:35 PM

      There's a good Mexican butcher (carniceria) at 38th or 39th. You say you want to barbecue, you mean you want to buy marinated meat ready for the grill?

      On the weekend, El Huarache Azteca sells smoked lamb by the pound.

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        chocolatetartguy Dec 6, 2006 06:36 PM

        I like The Tamale Queen's tamales. Their fillings are so flavorful, you don't really need salsa and her masa is almost custardy. She's on Fruitvale Blvd? just north of the BART station, across from taco truck that has atole (El Ojo de Aijo?).

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          andieeast Dec 10, 2006 09:42 PM

          Thanks so much for the recommendations! Yes I wanted meat to barbecue, already marinated. I'll check on both of those places. I've been To El Huarache Azteca and will give them a call.

          Thanks again!

          1. Mission Dec 11, 2006 06:55 AM

            The Carniceria at Foothill and 34th has tons of fresh Marinated Carne asada and piles of great looking Skirt or Flank steak.

            Lots of unusual spices and sauces not normally seen too!

            The dried peppers selection is no longer as good as it was 6 months ago.

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              ML8000 Dec 11, 2006 09:17 AM

              There's 2 or 3 Mexican markets at University and San Pablo. All have carne asada and will even marinate it for you if you ask. I usually go to Mi Ranchito or the place next door.

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