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Oct 24, 2008 10:11 PM

any good authentic mom and pop mexican in monterey/seaside area?

i am hoping that someone can help me to find a good mom and pop authentic mexican place in the monterey/seaside area? good carne asada tacos.... carnitas... tortas... tostadas... etc... i have tried "la tortuga" and the "latino market".... they are both good but not stellar..... any help would be appreciated.... i am looking for food made with love and fresh ingredients.... thanks in advance...

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  1. When I lived there, I liked Garcia's (back of the Latino Mkt) the best, particularly for tortas.

    Jaweino has told me that he prefers the tacos in the back of Mi Tierra (right next to the Latino Mkt) better. He also recommended Baldimeros, but I haven't had the chance to try either. There is also a more recent Mexican place (on Broadway I believe) whose name escapes me that I have heard good things about.

    If you find anything, please post about it.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Ed Dibble

      thanks..... i have tried "mi teirra" and it is pretty good.... i will try the place in the back of the market... i have also been to a place on broadway that specializes in seafood...i think that it is called "puerto nuevo"? also good.... but not stellar... where is baldimeros? and if you think of any place else please let me know... also any good spots in salinas?
      thanks again....

      1. re: panahead

        Melanie Wong is the Salinas expert. Make a separate query about Salinas. A lot of taco trucks create a real scene over there.

        The Broadway place is not called puerto nuevo, but can't remember what it is called - I think a woman's name . . . or something like that. Hopefully somebody currently living tin the area will chime in.

        Baldimero's (I think that's the name) is on the north end of Fremont. On the east side. Hopefully it's still there.

        1. re: Ed Dibble

          thanks ed.... i will check out it out... and if you think of any other spots please let me know.... all the best....

        2. re: panahead

          Mariscos Puerto Nuevo
          580 Broadway

      2. I like this place, but I've only been for the weekend special breakfasts, any local hound have input on their daily action?

        330 Reservation road

        Others on my to try list, but not yet visited....

        Papa Chano’s
        Edgewater Shopping Center next to Circuit city
        Sand City

        San Pablo - Oaxacan chile rellenos
        400 Palm (1 blk S of Broadway off of Del Monte)

        Rosa's La Villa Taqueria - breakfast
        Seaside (iirc)

        Yatzeche - Oaxacan
        400 Palm Ave

        Would love to hear any current updates on these places, please do report back.

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        1. re: PolarBear

          I haven't been to the Papa Chano's in Sand City, but there is also a branch in downtown Monterey. It is a decent taqueria, but nothing extraordinary.

          Tico's huevos rancheros are wonderful!

          Papa Chano's
          462 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

          1. re: susancinsf

            Tico's crabcake eggs benny gets high marks in my book as well.

          2. re: PolarBear

            Not recent cuz I never want to go back, but Papa Chano's (at least in Monterey) featured "mission style" burritos stuffed with rice, more rice, and beans. Cheap and filling, but there is more to life than cheap and filling.

            I thought some things at Yatzeche were pretty good, but service is really slow. Melanie Wong was less impressed, and I'm sure a search would turn up her post.

            1. re: Ed Dibble

              the tacos at Papa Chanos are much better than the burritos (but as I said, still only decent). I'd be tougher in my estimation if I based it on Mission style burritos, which I tend to avoid like the plague...

          3. Last month I walked from one end of the city limit of Seaside to the other along Fremont Blvd and poked my nose into every food business on that stretch that looked interesting (and even some that did not). Two sit-down Mexican restaurants stood out to me as spots that might offer up some authentic comida.

            Mariscos El Pilar de Nayarit had just been open a few weeks. It offers the seafood dishes of Nayarit, such as crayfish and zarandeado. I got an agua fresca as refreshment for my walk, homemade and good. It looked popular already and had good AC on a warm day. I really like El Kora in Salinas, which serves up seafood from Nayarit, hope this spot is equally good.

            The other was El Cafecito near the American Legion. One of the lunch specials on the board that day was albondigas. A small trailer parked outside promotes "International, omelettes, Belgian waffles, pancakes, gorditas, tacos, tortas, sopes, burritos, tostadas, carne asada". This place was not as busy, but it was quite hot inside and I wouldn't have wanted to eat in either. Smelled great though.

            I'd love to hear some chowhound reports on these places.

            Mariscos El Pilar de Nayarit
            1184 La Salle Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

            El Cafecito
            1988 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA

            1. Anyone been to La Tortuga recently?

              1257 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside, CA 93955
              (831) 899-8429 ‎