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La Familia - Half Moon Bay

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We were disappointed to see that a Mexican restaurant was opening in the space of Ono Hawaiian Grill. As you might expect, there are a number of Mexican places here on the coast and we are in dire need of some good Chinese food, but...

We have tried this place twice now (once for take-out and once for eating in) and feel it's probably one of the best in the area. I am not saying it is a destination place for Chowhounds, but if you happen to be here it is worth trying if you're in the mood for Mexican. It has the authenticity (at least as far as I can judge) of Happy Taco, but has a nicer decor and more variety -- not just a typical tacqueria/burrito place. It also lacks the crowds and chaos of Tres Amigos (which always manages to screw up my orders). We have had the mole, chicken taco plate, camarones plate, and pork chops. The salsa is fresh as are the chips, which seem to be housemade. Ingredients are all of good quality. Plates that include rice, beans, salad, tortillas, and entree run about in the $8 - $10 range. You order at the counter and grab your own silverware, but everything else is brought to you.

Straightforward, fast, tasty.

La Familia
3048 Cabrillo Hwy North
Half Moon Bay
Open every day from 10am to 10pm

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  1. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for this info. I like Half Moon Bay and have tried finding a mexican food restaurant when I've been through there with no luck. Will keep this information handy. Do they do tamales?

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    1. re: tiamarty

      Yes, I believe they do have tamales, but they don't have a menu online and they don't seem to have a takeout menu so I can't be 100 percent sure.

    2. With the closing of Red Ginger I am losing hope for good Asian of any kind in HMB.
      Chez Shea on Main St in HMB has mixed in some true Mexican/Guadalajaran in their choosings. I would like to see them expand it because they have do a very nice job with it.

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      1. re: tomritza

        I never made it to Red Ginger, though you may have heard that the chef there has moved to the Distillery and is trying to straighten things out there. :-)

        Sushi Main Street is quite decent sushi and Japanese, so at least we have that, though Shiki is better left without any comment. Ha! We were at Tam's in Pacifica the other night and if only we had something of that caliber for Chinese in HMB then I'd be happy enough.