good mexican near SJSU??
- Thomas Asmuth Sep 11, 2005 10:51 AM
Ok folks the scoop is that I am a mexican-food-roach-coach-afficianado/junkie . I have lived in east Oakland for the last 8 years and I have been spoiled by the wide variety from all the different states of Mexico that litter these East Bay streets. I started at SJSU and honestly I was totally let down by La Victoria (I know many people like it sorry). I have tried it 4 times now and it is not fulfilling my need...
any suggestions? any part of town I should hike/bike to?
in search of the spices of life
Casa Vicky, I think it's 17th and Julian, and some people like the place across the street, whose name I can't recall. Super Taqueria, on 10th St. near San Salvador is a good place for a quick lunch.
Not near SJSU, however, the best Mex food is found at Victor's Taqueria on Winchester Blvd., near Moorpark. The best carnitas and the carne asada is a killer.
I'm with you on La Victoria.. I expected it to be fantastic, and it was just OK. I think that orange sauce is their savior... if you don't dig the orange sauce, theres nothing special about their food.
I suggest Super Taqueria on 10th. Its under construction right now, but it looks like they're getting close to getting it back up and running. I like the "Super Giant" chile verde burrito with whole beans. Super giant just means they put rice and beans and stuff on it. good stuff.I also like their green salsa.
I live near SJSU and I like exploring the restaurants on S. 1st St. past Williams St.
All of the restaurants on S. 1st are neighborhood joints and are definitely not fancy, but they do serve wonderful dishes.
My favorite is La Penita on 601 S. 1st St. It's a hole-in-the wall spot that serves delicious homemade dishes. The tortillas are made to order. I had the beef meatball soup which was very filling and calmed my hangover. The chicken mole was tasty in that the chicken was juicy and the red mole didn't taste like it was homemade and not from a jar. Price hovered between $7 - $12.
There are taco trucks that sprout up at night. One is located on Story Rd. and S. 10th St. The others can be found on Mckee and N. 19th or 20th (near the 101 freeway).