El Aguila, Pleasant Hill
I've been hearing ads for this place on the radio, and a couple of things (grass-fed beef, housemade chorizo) caught my ear.
The menu LOOKS great and it gets 4.5 stars on Yelp (for what that's worth). Anyone tried it? Since when do I hear about a restaurant on KGO before I read about it on Chowhound?
El Aquila billed itself (still does) as a taqueria.
in it's Kgo ads, the taqueria part is dropped to give E.A. an upscale allure. since it's neighbors are subway, a convenience store, and a pizza store, the taqueria tag sticks.
menu is not taqueria. El aguila is a different kind of mex, using nature fed, non hormone, anti-biotic free meats.
tried the tamal (5), tiacoyo (4), and house roasted suckling pig taco (2.15) , jimaica drink (1.75)
-fresh tasting ingredients
-made to order, portion on small side.
-owner comes to chat and to solicit responses
-parking terrible in this small commercial space.
-nothing comparable re a taqueria. upscale maybe.
El Aguila was written up in the Chronicle today as a "Bargain Bite." They mention that the chef worked at Prima and Esin, neither of which I've heard of but are cited in the article as two of Contra Costa county's best restaurants.
When they first opened they had tamales in banana leaves (chicken)with a negro mole which were excellent..but they were not available the last few visits. The food is quite good but portions are small.
My last two visits..I left a bit hungry still.
The salsas and sauces are top notch, but service can be spotty if its busy.
I often do Mexican at home so I stop in for fresh tortillas which are excellent!