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Best Mexican Restaurant on Contra Costa

liz Jul 23, 2005 03:11 PM

Can anyone recommend a great Mexican restaurant in the Walnut Creek area?

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    Megan RE: liz Jul 24, 2005 05:06 PM

    The Cantina in Walnut Creek is pretty good.

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      luckygrlllll RE: Megan Mar 29, 2007 05:30 PM

      I love mexican food, and The Cantina is the worst mexican restaurant I have ever eaten at. Do not go there. You will be horribly disappointed. A good rule of thumb with mexican is if the owners are not mexican, and you see no mexicans working in the kitchen, then it probably will not be good as is the case with the cantina in WC.

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        alag RE: luckygrlllll Apr 2, 2007 01:00 PM

        yes, totally agree on this. It's awful. And I believe The Cantina recently got bought out by Carlos Santana and co, so the restaurant will be completely redone in the near future.

        Las Montanas on Willow Pass (in the Park in Shop Center) is pretty decent.

    2. shortexact RE: liz Mar 29, 2007 07:14 PM

      I've never been there, but folks on this board seem to speak positively of El Jarro in Lafayette:


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        ron c RE: liz Mar 30, 2007 07:39 AM

        While not exactly Walnut Creek and with the caveat that I haven't been there in several months, IMO the best Mexican food in the area is La Tapatia in Concord. I base that on several dozen meals over the past few years.

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          TiggerTwo RE: liz Mar 31, 2007 08:05 PM

          La Fogata off of Olympic is fantastic. I adore their Chicken Tostadas, fresh, tender shredded chicken, lots of fresh ingredients, and a very generous size. They have a Margarita Bar.

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            SLRossi RE: liz Apr 2, 2007 12:17 PM

            We really enjoy Taqueria Los Gallos located on Todo de Santos Plaza in Concord. Everything we've tried has been great, good salsa bar, and it is usually quite busy.

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