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Jun 25, 2007 06:45 PM

Taqueria Los Primos #2 (Mendocino Ave in Santa Rosa)

Continuing on my search for a go to Taqueria in my environs... Los Primos #2 is the new place accross the street from the Baja Fresh / Daphne's shopping center... (it replaced the "Chile Verde" eatery).

This place is standard Cal-Taqueria with a few nice surprises:

> Crab Enchiladas
> 7 Mares Stew
> Goat Birria & Chile Verde (Pork Chunks in Tomatillo Sauce) Tacos
> Carne en su Jugo
> Deep Fried Whole Tilapia
> Fresh Orange & Carrot Juices

I had a plate with 2 Tacos, Guacamole, Sour Cream & Refried Beans

> Complementary Chips.... they don't know what they are doing

> Salsa Bar... very good... 3 salsas, limes & radishes

> Birria Taco... a good version with slightly gamey, nicely spiced fall apart tender goat meat

> Cabeza Taco.... meh not particularly good

> Guacamole.... good

> Refried Beans.... decent, lightly seasoned, runny... nothing special

> Orange / Carrot juice... very good hard to screw up


Overall... pretty good. The lack of homemade tortillas is a surely a minus, the birria was good for a generic taqueria but not nearly as good as places that specialize in it.

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  1. Hey, have you found ANY place in Santa Rosa that makes fresh homemade tortillas? We got some with a plate at Pupuseria Salvadorena near the fairgrounds...but it wasn't enough. Thanks for the tips - Stephanie

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    1. re: Stephanie Sugars

      Its been a while but I am 99% certain that La Texanita on Sebastopol Rd near Dutton serves homemade tortillas. If you are up for the drive the tortillas at the Yucatecan place in Santa Rafael are outstanding.

      1. re: Stephanie Sugars

        Just down the street from Lolas on Sebastapol - La Michochana advertises 'Tortillas hechas a manos'

        1. re: Stephanie Sugars

          handmade alwazs when zou order birria or menudo just about anzwhere. zou can specifz a handmade tortilla with a taco at antojitos la texanita, i belive.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Hi Melanie,

            As you know, I love Lolita's in Petaluma. And their birria is great -- rich, intense, spicy...but it didn't taste like goat to me, which I thought was what it's supposed to be, so I asked, and they said it's made with oxtail. Is that typical? Just a misunderstanding/mistranslation on my part of what's supposed to be in there? Or do we need to start sorting out who makes birria with goat, and who doesn't? And, if so, who makes it with goat in the Petaluma/SR area?

            1. re: SoupNoodles

              Not Melanie, but birria can be one of two things ... birria de res (beef) and birrea de chivo (goat). i find in the Bay Area the beef version is more common.

              1. re: rworange

                Ah, that clears it up. Thank you. Do you have a favorite place for the goat version?

                1. re: SoupNoodles

                  If you want to go to L.A..... Birrieria La Barca's version is outstanding... one of the best dishes in all of L.A.'s restaurants.... $8 wtih handmade tortillas.

                2. re: rworange

                  In the Bay Area, it is also made with lamb sometimes as a sub for goat. So best to ask if chivo is used. My completely unscientific observation is that the birria de chivo seems to be offered more frequentlz in the Sonoma area in the last few zears, mz theorz being that the goat cheese industrz has created the sale of male goats as a side biz

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Lamb would be a good substitute it seems to me since the flavor of goat, to me, is similar. Haven't seen lamb birria yet. Good to know, Will keep my eyes open. No "Y" on the European keyboard?

                    1. re: rworange

                      yz inverted and i go for speed, punctuation is a mzsterz

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        It's the thought that counts and the effort is appreciated ... I have no excuse. If I could blame the new software for my typos I'd give that a trz.

                        1. re: rworange

                          think of these as souveniers...postcards from europe. mexican and cuban seems to be the rage where i am visiting.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                Thank you Nopal, Kare and Melanie. I'll follow up on these leads...I'm a lazy Sonoma County chowhound. Been here long enough to overlook the obvious and enthuse over the new.

                I appreciate your fresh perspectives and ability to explore my old home ground. It's always interesting to read your takes on local food.

            2. Hope someone tries the crab enchiladas and reports back . . . with any luck, they're not made with surimi ("krab"). I have this decades-old memory of eating crab enchiladas somewhere in East LA and would love to revive it.

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I would also love to hear about the crab enchiladas. I went to the old restaurant in that location maybe about a year ago, and it was probably the worst Mexican food I have had in Sonoma County. A real greasefest. Assuming that it has changed ownership (which, given its name, I am guessing it has), I might have to try some of those more interesting menu items.

              2. Rainy day first experience with Carne en su Jugo here.

                >>>Pass on it.
                I am sorry to report that there was no flow to the dish - everything tasted asembeled a la minute.

                It is hard to forgive them for watery broth. Chopped (minced really - think Papuseria Salpicon) tasteless beef, boring pintos. The best part was the bacon (with the beans), bare min of cilantro and avocado chunks. Made edible with the generous sprinkling of lime.

                The dried chile salsa - just had the tabacco element going on - which should only be a backround nuance if you are going to use moritas or chipotles.

                I have to say that I liked the fresh carrot juice - which was refreshingly not super sweet like the bottled versions. The waitress was also extremely kind and helpful. I might be back to try the menudo - but this poor dish -their "specialty" tells me the kitchen just doesn't care that much.