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Oakland's best non-taco Mexican?

I couldn't find a good topic on this in the archives, although I'm sure it's been discussed before.

How about somewhere I can get a damn good Mexican square meal? It seems like we concentrate on tacos and antojitos here.

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  1. Try Otaez Restaurant in Oakland (also a sister store in Alameda)

    You can't go wrong with their Chile Verde plate.

    Great made to order Pork Chile Verde,Rice, Beans,warm tortillas and a separate garden salad.

    With great chips and salsa.

    Price..........$6.95!!!!!

    3872 International Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94601

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    Otaez
    3872 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

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    1. re: Mission

      FYI, today's Groupon is for Otaez.

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      Otaez
      3872 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

    2. Dona Tomas and Tamarindo will set you back more than a taqueria but I've enjoyed both. Also, recently eyed the menu at Cocina Poblana and it looked appealing.

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      Dona Tomas
      5004 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

      Cocina Poblana Restaurant
      1320 65th St, Emeryville, CA 94608

      Tamarindo
      468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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      1. re: Mission Terrace Foodie

        I was completely underwhelmed with Cocina Poblana. Let's put it this way: even with the deals they offer on restaurant.com, groupon, etc. I have no interest in going back.

        I'll second Otaez -- the Alameda branch has a full bar. I like the carnitas, and the pozole on the weekends.

        A couple of doors down from the Oakland Otaez is El Huarche Azteca -- the barbacoa on the weekends is excellent. Any dish with masa is good. The specials are more interesting than the typical Mexican offerings, but tend to be hit and miss.

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        El Huarache Azteca
        3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

        Otaez
        3872 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

        Otaez
        1619 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I had a perfectly passable dinner once at the Emeryville Cocina Poblana. I'd return. No rush though.

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          Cocina Poblana Restaurant
          1320 65th St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          1. re: lmnopm

            Yes, definitely prefer Emeryville location over the JLS one.

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            I think the Oakland Otaez has better food..

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            Otaez
            3872 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

        2. A few of us have been enjoying meals at Dona Tomas lately -- especially the back patio area on these recent blamy nites. Yes, entrees aren't cheap. But they use good ingredients, and we've found that an appetizer + 1 entree is plenty of food for a shared meal if you aren't starving. (have been enjoying the enchiladas with mole sauce lately, and always the chile verde.)

          I do wish they'd add the heat to the spicing. but they have a decent bottle of hot sauce to assist in that dept. I'm also partial to the Margarita de la Reyna...

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          Dona Tomas
          5004 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

          1. El Huarache Azteca's my favorite sit-down place.

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            El Huarache Azteca
            3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

            1. I will chime in for El Huarache Azteca as well, They do a good Cochinita Pibil, Barbacoa( as mentioned already) and assorted other non masa based specials and platos.
              But unfortunately they can be hit and miss sometimes great, sometimes mediocre and worse.

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              El Huarache Azteca
              3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

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              1. re: chefj

                I had an amazing serving of barbacoa yesterday at El Huarche Azteca. I especially appreciated the gamey flavor of the lamb, and the side of nopales. The handmade corn torillas were delicious.