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?
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!
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.