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Mar 10, 2014 04:10 PM

Los Banos taqueria

On our trips to and from Fresno we like to stop at La Michoacana - a market/carniceria/taqueria right on 152 and not far from Interstate 5. In back next to the pretty darned good-looking meat counter, they offer takeout, including excellent burritos and tacos. The fast-moving line always has a wide variety of people, so looks like they've built a local reputation. Along with our tacos, on the latest return trip we also got some deliciously crispy, meaty chicharrones.
As a bonus, by the register was a box of ripe guayabas.

La Michoacana Carniceria y Taqueria
209 827 3155
820 W. Pacheco Blvd, Los Banos 93635

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  1. Sorry, misfire. Lo siento. Unusual name.

    1. Thanks Kayde, gives me reason not to bypass Los Banos on our next trek.

      1. Thanks for the tip. Will be going through Los Banos on my way to Kings Canyon (and back) next week. I'll probably stop at Cutija eastbound (right on 152, right side, great little taco stand) but on the way back I'll check out La Michoacana.

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        1. re: TVHilton

          What do you like at Cutija? I've thought of stopping several times....what to try when finally I do?

          1. re: susancinsf

            Haven't been there since last summer, but to the best of my recollection I've had tacos and tortas there, and I generally get either chorizo or al pastor (maybe carnitas as well, but I can't swear to it).

            The tortas are pretty classic: big and messy (chorizo especially, since there's a grease factor there), with a smear of refries, whatever meat, cheese, sour cream, guac, & salsa. Do not try to eat these while driving.

            Tacos also pretty classic. Meat, salsa, onion & cilantro. Can't vouch for anything other than al pastor & chorizo, but those were pretty good.

            IIRC, they have escabeche at the counter that you can take.

        2. Stopped here yesterday on my way back from the mountains, and I'll second the burrito endorsement. Enormous and very tasty, and an excellent value ($5.94 w/tax for a super with everything). I got adobada and the meat was nice and flavorful (and there was lots of it, which I guess is fitting given that it's a carniceria). Big chunks of queso fresco in there.

          The line was a little intimidating, but as Kayde notes it does move quickly.