A Week in King City
I'm going to be spending a week in King City setting up and then running the Monterey Wine Competition. I'd sure like an update on places worth a visit. Thanks!
Paso Robles is an hour away for lots of good choices. There is apparently one Mexican restaurant that is better than others if you check out prior posts here. But most of us passing through King City get gas, a Starbucks and maybe a Subway tuna sand. Sorry. Ask your local wine producers because food and wine would obviously be their speciality. If you find something, there will be a lot of happy Highway 101 travelers who will benefit from your discovery. Plus Subway makes a darn good tuna deli sandwich.
Waste of calories, yes. But then so is butter and cream. Not much processed in either the Swedish pancakes or the deli-tuna sandwich. I'd treat you to both and then it would be a fairer playing field for discussion. Notice I am menu item specific, not chain generous. And some times when stuck in the King Cities or the Kettleman Cities of the world, these chain menu specific items are good alternatives.
The bread (key part of every sandwich) at Subway is highly processed with a long list of ingredients which are normally not in bread, including HFCS. Their bread is some of the worst in ant restaurant or fast food chain. IHOP is also well known to work along the same lines with their ingredients.
You don't have to travel or be forced to endure chains in the area, there are many Mexican places in the downtown area. This list is from a few years back but will at least give you a starting point:
Tacos La Potranca de Jalisco - sopes, carnitas, al pastor
201 Broadway St
El Lugarcito Restaurant
128 Broadway St, - shrimp tostadas, whole fried fish, green salsa, shrimp tostada with lime-cilantro dressing, whole fried fish (avoid tacos exc. for carne asada) E end of Broadway on the corner
4 Hermanos, 101 Bassett St. (also in Soledad and Paso Robles), supposedly the best chile verde in town. The Sunday special was tostada de ceviche
Mercado La Mexicana, small grocery store at 327 Broadway had a special of two tacos for $1. I tried the chicharrones guisados and cachete. The cachete was beef cheek meat, and unlike the stewed versions I’ve had elsewhere, the crusty edges on the fine dice seemed like it was roasted or cooked by dry heat. The flavor was much more intense and beef-y. The chicharrones were stewed in a VERY spicy chili sauce.
Taqueria across Broadway kitty corner from El Lugarcito, great Lengua, carnitas, buche etc
Keefer's was popular but has closed and is now Margie's Diner at last report.
Please report back with any updates or new finds.
Bob, I used to judge that competition. King City, as you've surely discovered, has some excellent Mexican restaurants, even by the standards of someone like you who lives in the San Diego area. I would make a point to try one or two each year. I had no serious disappointments and overall enjoyed them tremendously. I recall sneaking away for breakfast at a birrieria with David S or the time I bought menudo at the Sunday flea market trucks to share with Marco C. Some good times there, and the fair's volunteers always greeted me warmly as a "local" returned home to the Salinas Valley.
In June I was in King City and tried Huarache King. It is very good.
Before that meal, we'd stopped at La Potranca de Jalisco to try some tacos. The tortillas were on the tough side and while the meats (carnitas and al pastor) were fine, they didn't seem that special to me. Luckily, that motivated us to move on to another place and we landed at Huarache King.
Tacos La Potranca De Jalisco
201 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930
322 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930