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Mar 7, 2009 07:30 AM

Need fabulous authentic "New Mexican"(stuffed sopapillas) and Mexican(chile rellenos) SF,Occidental,Forestville area

Please help us with anything really authentic for around the areas listed above. We heard about the stuffed sopapillas in Danville at La Ultima..don't know how authentic or good they are ..
Also heard about the taco trucks in Vallejo...and on Sebastopol Rd. in Santa Rosa we heard about taco trucks and maybe a great Mexican restaurant or 2? Any help we would be so appreciated. Our trip is in April. Any markets open in April with wonderful home cooked Mexican stands??

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    1. re: wolfe

      Fantastic! Thanks for your help!

      1. I'm a native NM'n. Haven't been to this place but I'd like to check it out. Learned about this place when they were catering a Heath Tile event.

        Green Chile Kitchen
        1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        1. If you find stuffed sopapillas anywhere in the Bay area other than La Ultima, please let us know. They seem to be missing in action here. As for La Ultima, it's definitely worth you going there to form your own opinion.

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          1. re: Mick Ruthven

            I ran into a fellow at work the other day whose aunt owns both La Ultima in Danville and a NM restaurant in Taos. So I'm a thinking La Ultima might be the real deal, or as close to it as we're likely to find in CA. Gonna have to check it out. How's their red and green chile? Are they using Chimayo red chile powder?

            CA Mexican cannot hold a candle to good New Mexican. Granted it's essentially a different cuisine. We lived in Santa Fe for 5 years and are totally spoiled.

            1. re: chilihead2006

              >How's their red and green chile? Are they using Chimayo red chile powder?<

              Sorry, I've only had one of their sopapillas and that was a couple of years ago. It's awaiting your exploring.

              Hey, tell your work friend to tell his aunt to serve plain stuffed sopapillas like you can get so many places in New Mexico, not only their huge-plate-with-stuff versions. I'd go there and make meals on just those.

              1. re: Mick Ruthven

                Do you mean plain "unstuffed" sopapillas?

                Tomasita's in Santa Fe make the best sopapillas. Love to fill the sopapilla with honey and mop up the red chile.

                I'm gonna try to get to La Ultima within the next 2 weeks.

                1. re: chilihead2006

                  >Do you mean plain "unstuffed" sopapillas?<

                  No, I mean stuffed (with meat, etc.) sopapillas served just as that, alone, not on a plate and covered with sauce, beans, whatever - can't really remember.

                  1. re: Mick Ruthven

                    Most sopapillas I've seen in NM are of the unstuffed variety.

                    Are you thinking a chimichanga??

                    1. re: chilihead2006

                      "Stuffed sopapilla" means they tear it open and stuff it with whatever, like arepas. La Ultima offers them stuffed with chile verde or chile colorado.

                      Left at Albuquerque and Nopa make the unstuffed dessert version.

                      1. re: chilihead2006

                        >Most sopapillas I've seen in NM are of the unstuffed variety<

                        Those are the kind that you pour honey into,and they're great. but there are also "stuffed sopapillas" which are filled with a variety of savory meat/chili mixtures. They're the ones I really miss here. And as I said, La Ultima has more than one version of them but they serve them on a plate covered with sauce, etc. I much prefer the plain stuffed sopapillas which I have not found here except years ago at a now-gone place in Sonoma.

                        1. re: Mick Ruthven

                          Couldn't you just ask them to hold the sauce or serve it on the side?

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            >Couldn't you just ask them to hold the sauce or serve it on the side?<

                            I'd first have to watch Five Easy Pieces again.

                2. re: chilihead2006

                  We'll be heading to La Ultima in a few weeks, (we live on east coast), I will let you know!

                3. re: Mick Ruthven

                  MIck, in case you missed this, Tablehopper mentioned that Green Chile Kitchen will start serving sopapillas at night starting today.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Good tip. Green Chile's new location is much larger, so it's nice to see them expanding the menu a bit.

                    1. re: SteveG

                      IIRC, you and I were not thrilled with the food the last time we discussed it. I thought it was stingy. I've not tried the new location, have you?

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        I have, and I've come to terms with their pricing/portion size, mainly because there just aren't many options for this type of food. Their recipes, and especially rice, have improved in consistency and quality, but it still isn't a place I go more than a few times a year despite living 2 blocks away.

                    2. re: Melanie Wong

                      Thanks! I'm gone for a few days but will definitely check it out when I get back.

                  2. I'm in west Sonoma county between Occidental and Forestville. There is one Mexican restaurant in Occidental, El Mariachi, which is ok. The fish tacos are good, and the chile rellenos are decent. There is a taqueria in the market in Forestville, where the food is decent but very bland. There are two taquerias in Guerneville, about midway between Occidental and Forestville, and both are just ok, although I prefer Taqueria La Tapatia. I have heard good things about the taco truck in the Safeway parking lot in Guerneville, but I think maybe I ordered too conservatively, because I found it very bland. I haven't tried them yet, but I hear that the tamales for sale from the cart on Highway 116 on the way out of Guerneville are really good.

                    SOOOO, if you are in Occidental or Forestville and want "fabuous" Mexican, you will probably need to do a bit of driving. In my opinion, the very best Mexican in the area is in Petaluma at Lolita's, on Lakeview Highway. The chicken mole is heaven! And the adjoining market is filled with all kinds of interesting ingredients and prepared food. Drive the other way into Santa Rosa, and you will find the best chile relleno I've ever eaten at Taqueria El Sombrero #2, on the corner of Fulton and Piner. There are probably other good things there, but the chile relleno is so good I've never ordered anything else. And, just a little further, there's La Palapa, on Lewis Road. Everything I've tried there has been really good. Most recently I ordered a chicken molcajete and I'm still thinking about the delicious sauce that the chicken was cooked in. It was easily enough food for two meals. I hope that you will post and let us know what you tried and how it was!

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                    1. re: Kathleen M

                      thanks!! I will post what we found as soon as we return. We are definitely stopping at La Ultima in Danville for stuffed sopapillas..looking forward to finding some great food. Will check out your chile rellenos at Taqueria El Sombrero!!!!