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Los Cilantros in Berkeley

flavorenhancer May 22, 2014 12:16 PM

Some very good antojitos coming out of this Mexican restaurant that just opened on Shattuck Avenue adjacent to La Peña.
The cheese/pepper tamale, carne asada taco and watermelon agua fresca that I tried were all fresh and tasty. Hand made tortilla, good quality meat, fresh fruit. Looks promising.

Los Cilantros - 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA 94705

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    Joel RE: flavorenhancer May 23, 2014 04:04 PM

    Only open from 8AM to 2 PM -- they may open for dinner at some time in the future.
    I had a delicious carne asada taco, piled high with meat, with a tasty green salsa, a great deal for the price.
    The chicken tamale was somewhat disappointing -- the chicken was dry.
    Each dish was $3.

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      escargot3 RE: Joel May 23, 2014 04:14 PM

      Curious about the price. Website says $9 for a taco or tamale, which for La Pena raises eyebrows. http://www.loscilantros-sf.com/menu/

      1. re: escargot3
        Joel RE: escargot3 May 23, 2014 04:54 PM

        I saw that price on the website as well, but I can assure you that I paid just $3 for a taco with a generous supply of perfectly cooked beef. Also $3 for a rather small tamale.

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          ML8000 RE: escargot3 May 23, 2014 05:31 PM

          Yeah, the $11 torta seems out of scale with La Pena and the neighborhood. Hopeful Joel is right on the pricing...which seems fair.

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            Joel RE: ML8000 Jun 1, 2014 02:27 PM

            I stopped in today and talked to the owner (a very nice woman named Dilsa). She confirmed that the $9 price on the website is for THREE tacos.

            A new offering is barbacoa, for which she is charging $14. When I said that sounded expensive, she said it comes with five tortillas and was enough for five tacos. She was kind enough to make me one barbacoa taco, which was delicious -- I could not eat much more today.
            The barbacoa is made with beef, but she will soon make a goat version as well. She'll have the barbacoa all the time, not just on weekends.

            Open until 2:30PM on weekends.

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              ML8000 RE: Joel Jun 1, 2014 04:32 PM

              Thanks for the report and the tip on the goat. I hope she'll make it to being open in the evenings. That could be really nice for La Pena, and the new owner.

      2. Robert Lauriston RE: flavorenhancer Jul 6, 2014 02:57 PM

        Went for lunch. Got the carnitas ($14), enough for five tacos (no charge for extra tortillas), tostaditos de tinga ($12 for three), cabbage salad ($6), coconut flan (guess they comped us), plenty of food for two. First-rate ingredients, everything fresh, subtle and balanced, good value for the quality, which is up there with Nido, Comal, or Tacubaya.

        Current hours 8-2 Tues.-Fri., 8-2:30 Sat.-Sun. They said they might start doing dinners the last week of July.

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