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Mexican food, Oakland

cristeen Oct 27, 2007 08:57 PM

Anyone have any recommendations for GOOD Mexican food in Oakland? Preferably somewhere we can sit down and eat, and not on International Blvd.

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    Allfrog68 RE: cristeen Oct 27, 2007 09:26 PM

    You might want to give more detail as to the type of Mexican you are looking for. Dona Tomas & Tacubya (Berkeley) are very good but more at the high end. Are you looking for high end, authentic, etc.

    1. shortexact RE: cristeen Oct 27, 2007 11:13 PM

      Your requirement that the restaurant not be on E 14 St (by which, I'm guessing, you mean no East Oakland?) is a quite substantial restriction.

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        ML8000 RE: cristeen Oct 28, 2007 12:01 AM

        Do a search on Tamarindo in downtown Oakland. Upscale, small plates...not on International.

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          tobycat RE: cristeen Oct 28, 2007 01:48 AM

          Mexicali Rose.

          In Alameda: Juanita's, La Pinata and the Acapulco.

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            Ruth Lafler RE: tobycat Oct 28, 2007 08:51 AM

            I was going to recommend Otaez, which is also in Alameda, and is better than the three you mentioned. Just the other side of the Webster tube from downtown Oakland.

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            JAYZMOMM RE: cristeen Oct 28, 2007 08:39 AM

            La Estrellita is a family owned, large sit down place, very authentic with a tequila bar also. 5th and E. 12th, easy to get to off 880. Nice people.

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              DezzerSF RE: JAYZMOMM Oct 28, 2007 02:16 PM

              That's 1 block from International, might still be in the taboo area. =)

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                Cheesy Oysters RE: JAYZMOMM Nov 1, 2007 01:12 PM

                I'd second La Estrelllita for a sit down place--more than burritos. Great food, easy parking, and love the margaritas. It is also a good place if you have kids.

              2. kare_raisu RE: cristeen Oct 31, 2007 03:19 PM

                All of this recent reporting on the Mexican food scene in Oakland by rworange, ruth & others have got me itching to check it out! Any chowdowns by the the Ebay group planned in the future - or even taking a N-Bay hound under your guys wing for a tour one day?!?!

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                  Melanie Wong RE: kare_raisu Oct 31, 2007 04:42 PM

                  You can sign up here for the East Bay chowdown group and help initiate things. The North Bay group is considerably more active than the much larger EB group.

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                  Curmudgeon RE: cristeen Oct 31, 2007 06:23 PM

                  I really like El Taco Zamarano at 4042 Foothill almost across from the Hell's Angels International Headquaters. That makes it a very safe neighborhood. You see them in Zamarano with their long gray hair, drinking Diet Coke. The corn tortillas are hand made. The Carnitas, and the Chicken with Mole are both really good. I hear the Carne Asada is also great. It's a real sit down family kind of place though they do a lot of take out.

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                    gatonegro333 RE: cristeen Oct 31, 2007 06:31 PM

                    if you find yourself in downtown oak during on a weekday during lunchtime, i recommend you try juanita's at 1734 webster. sit down, aunthentic, wide ranging home cooked fare that makes me feel as if i've dropped into el d.f.. except for the cubicle jockeys at all the other tables. prices are a little higher than what you pay in the fruitvale, but the quality and portions are excellent. open 11-3, m-f

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