Nikko's Taqueria, San Carlos
- bbulkow Feb 10, 2013 10:10 AM
I was at Domenico Winery in San Carlos for their "wine and chocolate" tasting. Apparently last year they had about 250 people, this year a lot more - the place was mobbed. 10 wineries, 10 bucks, a lot of wineries without tasting rooms. 2 to 5 wines per winery. The chocolate was nearly gone by the time we got there, but there was a lot of wine to taste, nice small pours (GF and I continue to split) and little spitting - so crowded that you couldn't maneuver to the spit bucket. We still like Traveiseo, don't like Domenico, and made some new friends (I remember liking Jazz from SF and another one that slips my mind).
Leaving, we wanted some food to sop up the alcohol, and I determined to drive south on ECR until we reached the first taqueria, and eat there. We found Nikko's - a pleasant surprise. Nikko's is on the anti-bayward side of ECR right by whipple - across from the Ben Franks. There were several taxis parked outside, a good sign.
The burrito was almost all rice, but the rice was very pleasantly made with a tasty subtle tang. If you get a burrito you might want to caution them about too much rice. I had tacos. The Al Pastor was nothing special, the chorizo was good, but the winner was the default salsa, which was a deep rich roasted blend of peppers. Not terribly hot, just big languid pepper taste. As we were leaving, a guy was roasting a HUGE pile of peppers on the grill. The menu was heavy on fish and dinner plates, could be they are perfect for fish tacos.
The place will never be a top-10 kind of place, and it's cheaper than the new Lulu's they put in on Laurel, maybe not as good as that other taqueria on Laurel, but it fit the bill - I would return.