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ISO good chile rellenos, crab enchiladas, tortilla soup, huevos rancheros and decent fish tacos at restaurants with table service in SF, Santa Rosa and/or Sonoma

I would love to have a list of some places that serve good versions of chile rellenos, tortilla soup, crab enchiladas, and huevos rancheros (also open to breakfast burritos, breakfast tacos, etc). I realize fish tacos are more of a southern CA thing, but I'd also love recs for decent fish tacos. Even if the fish tacos in the Bay Area pale compared to those found in San Diego or Taco Temple, they're much, much better than what I can find in Canada!

I'd prefer recs for the kinds of places you would go for a particular dish, rather than recs for restaurants that generally do an ok version of everything on their menu.

My most recent order of crab enchiladas was a decent version served at the Vineyards Inn in Kenwood a few years ago, but I'm sure there must be a better version out there somewhere in Northern California ;-)

Ena's Huevos Rancheros and the Carneros Scramble at Schellville Grill sound like they are worth trying.
http://www.schellvillegrill.com/break...

Thanks for any of your feedback.

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Vineyards Inn
8445 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452

Schellville Grill
22900 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476

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  1. in ssf, rancho de las trancas has really good crab enchiladas and in house made realllly yummy tortilla soup. their shredded beef tacos are heavenly. they stuff the tortilla with the shredded beef and some oniaons, seal it with a toothpic then fry it. their red sauce is tasty and has a really unique taste, i asked a waitress and she told me it is pumpkin pie spice.
    very simple old school place, with a great band on friday night.

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    1. re: mikeylikesit

      http://www.chow.com/restaurants/55904...

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      Rancho Las Trancas
      792 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

      1. re: Cynsa

        Thanks, mikeylikesit and Cynsa ;-)

        Thanks also for recommending Rancho Las Trancas' shredded beef tacos. ;-) Happy to have a rec for old school Mexican American in SSF, fairly close to SFO!

        For decent, casual, economical Mexican dishes in Windsor, I've enjoyed Lupe's Diner. They have crab enchiladas, chile rellenos, fish tacos and tortilla soup on their menu, but I haven't tried their versions of those dishes yet.

        I also tried an old-school combo platter at Tropisueno last year. I ordered a decent veggie tamal and a chicken enchilada, but Il left wishing I had tried their cheese-filled chile relleno instead.

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        Tropisueno
        75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

        Lupe's Diner
        710 McClelland Dr, Windsor, CA 95492

    2. The best fish tacos I've had around here were at Flying Fish Grill in Half Moon Bay. They aren't Baja-style fried tacos with white sauce and cabbage; they're grilled and have options like mango salsa. But delicious.

      Chilango has decent tortilla soup and very good carnitas.

      I'd also recommend you stop in somewhere like Pastores. Irma's famous for her chilaquiles, but she makes a lot of good classic homestyle Mexican (not Mexican American) food. I believe there are huevos rancheros on the menu. She's open daytime most days, but call first if you're making a special trip.

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      Flying Fish Grill
      99 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

      Pastores Restaurant
      3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Chilango
      235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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      1. re: Windy

        Thanks so much, Windy. I usually drive past Half Moon Bay at some point when I'm in CA, and haven't stopped to eat in the area in a long time. Sounds perfect.

        Thanks also for the recs for Chilango's tortilla soup and carnitas, and Pastore's chilaquiles. I like homestyle Mexican, homestyle Mexican American, restaurant-style Nuevo Mexican, as well as completely inauthentic but tasty food somehow influence by Mexican or Mexican American ingredients. :-)

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        Pastores Restaurant
        3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Chilango
        235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

      2. They do have crab enchiladas at Juan's Place in Berkeley, but I'd be hard pressed to recommend them. I was reminded of them last week when my plumbers said they were bound for there to have lunch, I went down before returning to the office.

        The enchiladas had plenty of crab, but not particularly fresh tasting or flavorful. For $17 you get 2 big ones plus a ton of rice and beans. Up until the time I made a dinner of the leftover tortillas, rice and beans, I was thinking it was not at all a good deal.

        I did like the melted cheese on top and the flour tortilla chips. Maybe better with a pitcher and a bunch of rowdy friends.

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        Juan's Place
        941 Carleton St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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        1. re: chocolatetartguy

          Thanks, chocolatetartguy. Sounds like I probably shouldn't bother with the crab enchiladas if I end up at Juan's Place!

          What dishes does Juan's Place do well? Noticed one CH recommended the fish tacos at Juan's in a thread from 2009. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6543... Has anyone ordered them lately? How are they?

          1. re: prima

            My one meal at Juan's was so bad I can't imagine going back unless I start hearing that they've changed, but from recent reports if anything they've gotten worse:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7765...

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Thanks for your comments, as well as the link, Robert.

              1. re: prima

                I would not recommend Juan's for anything except maybe the chips. I live very close to Juan's and it is never an option, I'd rather hit up jack 'n the box down the street than Juan's. I cant understand the good reviews it gets, I have given it 3 tries, all of them left me wishing I hadn't.

                  1. re: dunehole

                    just went to juan's for the first time last week. had the crab enchilada. i wish i read this post before doing so...i think that stuff was the canned kind. and the price? my goodness.

                    and i didnt like the chips...super greasy.

          2. Not sure if this is enough table service for you, but Taqueria el Sombrero #2, on Piner Road, in Santa Rosa, makes awesome chile rellenos. (So does the original Taqueria el Sombrero in Healdsburg.) You order at the counter and they bring the food to the table, so this may not be what you are looking for. But oh my gosh those are good chile rellenos!

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            1. re: Kathleen M

              Thanks so much, Kathleen M! That's enough table service for us. Sounds great.

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              Taqueria El Sombrero
              810 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

            2. El Delfin should probably be on this list. I haven't ventured too far from the garlic prawns, but they do serve breakfast.

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              El Delfin
              3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: Windy

                We love breakfast and pozole at El Delfin
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7698...

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                El Delfin
                3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                1. re: Cynsa

                  Thanks for the rec & the link, Windy & Cynsa! Hope to try it out.