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Feb 20, 2012 04:05 PM

Mexican Restaurant Suggestions in Oakland/Berkeley..

We love chili rellenos and thoroughly enjoy Mexican food.We live in Oakland and would love recommendations for restaurants (yes even dives) in the Oakland/Berkeley area.Thanks!

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  1. I like the place on Int'l Blvd near George Oren Tire, but I don't remember the name of it. It's in the same block, towards downtown. This might be classified as a "dive."

    For brunch I like La Estrellita on 12th at 5th.

    Then there's that old standby, Mexicali Rose.

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    1. re: GH1618

      Tijuana Restaurant.
      1308 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94606
      (510) 532-5575 ‎
      Report from 2010.

    2. Jalisco Cafe for carnitas. 1721 International Blvd.

      El Huarache Azteca for fresh masa items (gorditas, huaraches, quesadillas, sopes), chicken tinga, and on the weekend lamb barbacoa.

      Tacubaya has great pozole. There have been good reports here on their chiles rellenos.

      Tamales Unicos de Cuernavaca, takeout only.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Adding link to our favorite tamale producer

        Tamales Unicos de Cuernavaca
        5751 Market St, Oakland, CA 94608

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          Stephanie, I would have thought that you knew that link will go away in March. A more reliable address link

          As long as i'm here, how about La Mission? It is on my to-try list for the moles

          1. re: rworange

            I did know but am lazy , exactly why its disappearance will be a huge negative. Thanks for a more permanent link.

            1. re: rworange

              I tried a burrito at La Mission, very good quality but didn't try anything more or know what they did particularly. Could be very good.

              1. re: Stephanie Wong

                They have a Web site:

                But it doesn't mention the International Blvd. location. More about tamales:


                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I haven't been back recently, but when I drove by I saw they are selling other things besides tamales. I'm thinking enchiladas but i could be wrong.

                  The address link I provided had that link to the website. My own preference is to credit the site paying for a data provider for any information found there,but that is just me. It seems the right thing to do. i personally can't be bothered searching the web when i can easily get addresses and such somewhere easily.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Was at the Maket St. store on Sat, 3/18 & was told Fruitvale wasn't working out --too far. I may have misunderstood the employee as my Spanish is mainly limited to food & "Donde esta los baños, por favor?"

                    1. re: Stephanie Wong

                      there's a for lease sign on the international location. both mi tamale and mi pupuseria cocupy this space..

              2. Picante in Berkeley has a good Chili Rellenos

                1. jalisco cafe ,1721 int, for the freshly made carnitas
                  la mexican, 3920 int, homemade tortilla and traditonal mex
                  santo coyote, 4806 int, for the adventurous gringo
                  el huarache azteca, 3842 int, different kind of mex.

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                  1. One note about the carnitas at Jalisco, it is available Fri.-Sun. only - don't miss the salsa verde.

                    A few places not yet mentioned:

                    Taco Grill in Fruitvale - notable for pozole, sustainable meats. Mexican Ice Cream next door at Nieves Cinco de Mayo. Very nice owners of both establishments.

                    Casa Latina on San Pablo at Delaware - bakery and taquieria, with great carnitas tortas.

                    The nice, new place is Rumbo al Sur. Not strictly Mexican, but similar....

                    The divey-ist, also not strictly Mexican, are the great pupusas at Tamales mi Lupita trailer parked at Foothill/34th. Don't go after dark, but worth a detour!

                    La Borinequena - Tina's Tamales are the modern off-shoot, and the chicken tamale with green sauce is great.

                    Nieves Cinco de Mayo
                    3340 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601

                    Casa Latina
                    1805 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

                    Taco Grill
                    3340 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601

                    Tamales Mi Lupitas
                    3340 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

                    Rumbo al Sur
                    4239 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

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                    1. re: foodeye

                      Cocina Poblana on Hollis @ 65th is worth trying. Very nice moles. They also tout their Chile en nogada, though I haven't tried it. Nice bar and friendly service:


                      1. re: TopoTail

                        All gone. Went by to grab a bite this evening. Closed with "new restaurant" coming soon, even though their electronic menu sign was still on.

                        1. re: lmnopm

                          Wow, I almost went there for lunch yesterday.

                          1. re: lmnopm

                            Per their website:

                            "Due To Construction, Cocina Poblana Will Be closed shortly - We should be open within a week with a lot of new and fantastic changes."

                          2. re: foodeye

                            2nd taco grill, it's almost across from the fruitvale bart station,

                            they use orgainic meats and niman ranch beef. amazing burritos. reasonable pricing.

                            1. re: shanghaikid

                              Do you mean Cactus Taqueria across from Rockridge Bart?

                                1. re: andee

                                  No, Taco Grill across from Fruitvale BART

                                  1. re: kc72

                                    yes, amended my post to read fruitvale bart. the mexican ice cream place is nearby as well as the churro cart. save room for the later 2. unique and tasty!