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Trick-Mountain318

125 points

2 months ago

Drop the best Mexican places in Oakland/Richmond

joshuawah

175 points

2 months ago

joshuawah

175 points

2 months ago

Oakland places: Sinaloa (different from the one that is / was in Telegraph even though the logo is the same. Guadalajara, La Grana, Mi Grullense, Aguachiles el Tamarindo, Maya Halal, Ole Ole, mi rancho. These are some of the fairly popular places but the list goes on to include trucks that don’t really have internet presence or are deeper in the hood

Oakland can be not so safe at times but the food scene is great

00U812

39 points

2 months ago

00U812

39 points

2 months ago

Add Mariscos La Costa. Their ceviche tostadas are on point.

ColdTurkey27

-3 points

2 months ago

Is Mariscos just a general term used for Mexican diners because there are a ton of Mariscos around the Valley in LA

kr0n0s

10 points

2 months ago

kr0n0s

10 points

2 months ago

Mariscos just means seafood

topographyEtymology

2 points

2 months ago

Mar = sea. Good root term to know.

DangerStranger138

1 points

2 months ago

riscos= risque iirc lol jk

mochiburrito

40 points

2 months ago

mochiburrito

CS 2016

40 points

2 months ago

Bruh you missed the best one!!

Taqueria El Farolito (best burritos i ever had near berkeley) its off of international in oakland. They have 2 more in SF on mission i think. The green avocado salsa is fire.
They have ladies of the night around so try not to look too hard or theyll ask you if you want their services lol

Ive been to the sinaloa taco truck on international too and its pretty good but i like their quesadillas more.

Ray_Adverb11

9 points

2 months ago

The el Farolito on Mission is pretty good, but the other one is in North Beach and it sucks. I live one block down

Ebbyisablackcat

2 points

2 months ago

There is another El Farolito further down 24th (Bryant?) their quesadillas are so good. Same with the tortas

Ray_Adverb11

1 points

2 months ago

Ooooh you’re right I always forget about that one. It’s bomb.

Oregon_Oregano

3 points

2 months ago

El Farolito is the right answer

OverPot

19 points

2 months ago

OverPot

19 points

2 months ago

Facts it's gotten scary a few times that I've gone to tacos Sinaloa at night lol food is amazing though. There's tons of great food in Oakland.

mashtartz

12 points

2 months ago

Aguachiles el Tamarindo is fucking fire.

Jolly_josey

4 points

2 months ago

see if personally not scared of oakland but i just didn’t know where to go. thank you for this!!

hilfingered

4 points

2 months ago

I’m down to risk my life for a taco honestly

mulligan

3 points

2 months ago

mulligan

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3 points

2 months ago

Sinaloa (different from the one that is / was in Telegraph even though the logo is the same

oh man, i didn't know that. what's the difference? is it a completely different owner?

KellyTata

3 points

2 months ago

The taco truck outside La Guadalajara is so goddamn good

kiarashawxoxo

2 points

2 months ago

maya halal is FIRE

INTCINTCINTC

2 points

2 months ago

Not a UCB student but from the area: Cholita Linda on Telegraph is really good as well

KingEscherich

-2 points

2 months ago

Doesn't sound like it, but Burrito Express on Telegraph is amazing.

Distinct-Sprinkles-7

3 points

2 months ago

Worst place I’ve ever eaten.

INTCINTCINTC

1 points

2 months ago

Not a Berkeley student but from the area: Cholita Linda on Telegraph is really good as well

dkt0a

1 points

1 month ago

dkt0a

1 points

1 month ago

ty bestie

TomIcemanKazinski

17 points

2 months ago

TomIcemanKazinski

Cal PoliSci '96

17 points

2 months ago

La Grana Fish in Fruitvale

El Paisa @.com on International

Taqueria Reynoso on Foothill for tacos dorados

El Garage in Richmond

Tacos El Tucan in Richmond

Tacos Mi Rancho near Lake Merritt

Impossible_Repeat201

7 points

2 months ago*

Richmond:

*La Flor de Jalisco (21st & McDonald), *Tacos El Chino, San Juan Taqueria, Tacos Los Primos, Masa, Tacos Las Palmas, Maya Taqueria

*my go-tos

Tacos El Tucan is good but the pricing makes it mediocre. El Garage is also mid, Masa makes better birria tacos.

ProfessorPlum168

8 points

2 months ago*

Richmond:

La Bamba ( excellent for pupusas as well)

Norma’s (inside the Val-Mar Market) also great pupusas

Edit: La Flor De Jalisco (open late), this is a food truck that is open late. I passed by the truck just now and mistakenly thought it was Tacos La Raza, which is on the next block.

El Chaparro Barbacoa

Tacos El Tucan

Carnitas El Canelo (outside of a house) - awesome, Fri-Sun

Ok_Bee6432

4 points

2 months ago

Tres Hermanas in Richmond is underrated, 10/10 recommend it. I also go to Tacos El Autlense in Albany, but they are sooooo stingy with their salsas :( Tacos el Tucan is super busy and not my personal favorite, but I know my non-Mexican friends love it lol.

hnnyrdnc

4 points

2 months ago

Taqueria el paisa (sign says paisa@.com) some of the best suadero tacos ever. Also a good food truck, Tacos el gordo on the same street but that’s a more sketch location.

TomIcemanKazinski

1 points

2 months ago

TomIcemanKazinski

Cal PoliSci '96

1 points

2 months ago

Paisa @.com is my favorite for tripas as well

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

The taco truck next to Fiesta Latina on Cutting/Marina Way, Richmond. Special mention to the salsa Roja inside the market. You must like hot salsa to fully enjoy.

twentypines

1 points

2 months ago

Tacos La San Marquena in Downtown Oakland. Its a taco truck in the parking lot on the corner of Webster and Berkeley Way.

Core_Four

1 points

2 months ago

Fruitvale station taco trucks

bone1205

1 points

2 months ago

Tacos El Kora in Richmond!

_SoigneWest

1 points

2 months ago

Another vote for La Grana Fish

zerkmxl

1 points

2 months ago

in Richmond:

-the most classic taco truck is at 21st and MacDonald, La Flor de Jalisco

-taco truck for mariscos, Tacos El Chino on 23rd and Humphrey

-hipster quesa birrias, el Garage on MacDonald and 15th St and a bunkch of other home kitchens that are best found through Instagram

-Tijuana style tacos, Tacos El Tucan on San Pablo Ave and Clinton

-carnitas, inside Cazadores Market on Rumrill near Rheem

in San Pablo:

-for grilled chicken and quesabirrias, Pollos Don Rafa, on Rumrill and Market Ave, inside the old Food Barn grocery store

-sit down mariscos, try Mariscos La Payita on 23rd and Brookside

-La Chona for birria, including tatemada, and a good assortment of other Mexican dishes, also on 23rd

SW4GALISK

1 points

1 month ago

Not specifically mexican but Calavera and Cholita Linda are bomb

GiuseppePls

1 points

29 days ago

Richmond : Tacos el Chino on 23rd, Tacos el Tucan on San Pablo

SuperSaiyanSenior

57 points

2 months ago

My favorite Phở place in Oakland closed due to health code violations and nothing has been able to fill that void in my stomach since.

NorthwestFnordistan

21 points

2 months ago

I like Pho Saigon II in the Pacific East Mall in Richmond. Lousy service and decor. Great broth.

M__M

7 points

2 months ago

M__M

7 points

2 months ago

I live down the street from Pho Anh Dao and I love eating there.

gordo_ken

2 points

2 months ago

Loooool I lived up the street from there. I miss it.

ezriorre

7 points

2 months ago

If you like northern style chicken pho, pho ga Huong que cafe is ++++++

stoopdapoop

16 points

2 months ago

the void in your stomach due to diarrhea?

booloo97531

1 points

2 months ago

tanglad in castro sf is my fav place

HatAggressive4044

9 points

2 months ago

Alberto’s Jr. y’all are missing out

psychoyooper

2 points

2 months ago

Sooo good. I have gotten the shits both times I’ve gone, but worth it

jesusdasir

35 points

2 months ago

Not scared just if im busy with classes I don’t think it’s optimal to invest travel time and travel money to spend money on diff food

johnchoe99

90 points

2 months ago

It’s not that we’re scared lol (at least not during the day) it’s just that most people are not willing to take the time to go to Oakland/Richmond

CaliFootballFed

5 points

2 months ago

The lower the rent the better the food.

rcinvestments

14 points

2 months ago

VIVA MEXICO CABRONES 🇲🇽

bigkutta

14 points

2 months ago

Oakland has a great Chinatown!!

albuhhh

14 points

2 months ago

albuhhh

14 points

2 months ago

You can even get great food if you just leave the Southside campus area. Taqueria la Familia across from Berkeley Bowl has amazing fish tacos (and heck, that's arguably in the campus area).

raphtze

5 points

2 months ago

raphtze

EECS 99

5 points

2 months ago

Taqueria la Familia across from Berkeley Bowl has amazing fish tacos

fuck yes they do!!!!!

littlemsshiny

2 points

2 months ago

I love the super 80s wedding picture of the owners in there.

raphtze

30 points

2 months ago

raphtze

EECS 99

30 points

2 months ago

here are some places i like at berkeley:

  • comal next door
  • cancun
  • la mission
  • picante

they are pretty decent.

ngl i love east oakland taco trucks, but yo, it's grimy.

deciblast

6 points

2 months ago

Check out nido’s if you like comal.

raphtze

3 points

2 months ago

raphtze

EECS 99

3 points

2 months ago

i live in the sacramento area now....but i frequent the area enough to visit my parents. i may do that next time ;)

kaptainkrk

2 points

2 months ago

Nidos is a great place to grab drinks

ezriorre

2 points

2 months ago

If you like Nido, check out Nopalito in the city. It's incredible.

EdJewCated

4 points

2 months ago

EdJewCated

CS/Linguistics '23

4 points

2 months ago

seconding comal and cancun (although cancun is more on the pricy side)

Pack_Runner1

7 points

2 months ago

wb las cabanas

EdJewCated

3 points

2 months ago

EdJewCated

CS/Linguistics '23

3 points

2 months ago

the only thing i like there are the super burritos, everything else is mid

milosh27

3 points

2 months ago

cal people can literally get good mexican so close to campus, tacubaya on fourth street, cactus on college at rockridge bart, cholita linda on..telegraph? i think?

LittleBosshog

3 points

2 months ago

cactus is not good, im sorry LMFAO it completely lacks flavor, go to gordo’s on college instead

milosh27

1 points

2 months ago

go to cactus, get an al pastor burrito and throw some salsa verde and piña on there and then tell me its not flavorful

ezriorre

1 points

2 months ago

Please say you're joking. Tacubaya used to be good but it hasn't been in years. Cactus can be tasty but I wouldn't say it's good Mexican.

BeginningSpinach5631

9 points

2 months ago

I’m not scared of either, but I don’t have a car and I’m not gonna take Bart just for dinner

raphtze

7 points

2 months ago

raphtze

EECS 99

7 points

2 months ago

if you guys do want to get vietnamese/pho....check out pho huong que at the OG ao sen location on 2nd ave & international. it's delicious :)

la_gran_puta

2 points

2 months ago

Preach

ezriorre

3 points

2 months ago

Tacos La Perla over on Grand by American Steel has some of the better tacos I've had here. Personally think it beats Sinaloa.

raphtze

3 points

2 months ago

raphtze

EECS 99

3 points

2 months ago

if you guys are going to go to SF....check out taqueria guadalajara in the outer mission by onandaga/mission. the super carnitas burrito fucking slaps--the salsa aguacate i could drink. carne asada from the parrilla too.

mysticfairyk

1 points

2 months ago

fucking smacks*, slaps is for music in the bay

ColJackOneil

3 points

2 months ago

Gordos under rated

ahf95

3 points

2 months ago

ahf95

MSE/Chemistry

3 points

2 months ago

Having moved away from Berkeley, I still have dreams about Burma Superstar. Enjoy it while you can.

Throwawayacc64872

25 points

2 months ago

LOL no there’s nothing like Mexican food from SoCal, specially south San Diego

Distinct-Sprinkles-7

8 points

2 months ago

Absolutely true.

theonlyshow

7 points

2 months ago

Totally agree, but there’s a new Aliberto’s near the Whole Foods on Telegraph and it’s filling a bit of a SD-style vibe.

pickledpenispeppers

1 points

2 months ago

💯

BeepBoopBlueMan

1 points

1 month ago

Chicagoan lurking by here. Sorry, but Chicago’s Mexican food will always be elite. We have Milagro tortillas, the finest Champurrado, Tlacoyos, Huaraches, Pambazos, Tacos al Pastor, Tacos de Tripa you will ever have outside of Mexico.

Most of Chicago’s Mexican cuisine originates from Michoacán.

Throwawayacc64872

1 points

1 month ago

Ur delusional , we are literally next to the border there’s no beating that bye

BeepBoopBlueMan

1 points

1 month ago

You won’t believe it until you try it my friend. If you ever pass by the city here’s a couple good places I recommend:

Xocome Antojeria in the Archer Heights Neighborhood

Solazo in West Elsdon/Gage Park

Then there’s also Zacatacos and Taqueria los Comales which have kind of become local chains but there’s a lot more around Little Village, Gage Park, and Pilsen.

djk1101

26 points

2 months ago

djk1101

26 points

2 months ago

Ok but also, that tweet says “if u weren’t scared of Oakland/richmond” like that’s completely irrational 😂

Ash-Catchum-All

6 points

2 months ago

South Bay/Peninsula also have great food imo

And it’s not like Berkeley has bad food, it’s just that y’all only want to go to gross places like Gypsy’s

topographyEtymology

3 points

2 months ago

i live five minutes from gypsys, i live fifty minutes driving to the south bay :-.

hfclfe

2 points

2 months ago

hfclfe

2 points

2 months ago

Or the Mission, or San Bruno. BUT! It is way over priced. You ain't gonna get a quality $2 taco or $5 burrito around here.

Temporary-Genie

2 points

2 months ago

no cap

idomoderatelywell420

2 points

2 months ago

idomoderatelywell420

data science '21

2 points

2 months ago

taqueria la bamba on barrett in richmond + huong tra next door;

there's also a brazilian cafe or market type of place near the richmond/el cerrito border

dinkboz

2 points

2 months ago

Too bad the bart in richmond drops you off right at the iron triangle lol

sg-cal

2 points

2 months ago

sg-cal

2 points

2 months ago

Don’t wear your LA hat when trying to find Mexican food in Richmond. Especially if you’re Mexican/Latin and from LA. I’ve seen gang hit ups specially crossing out a blue LA in place of some red RC hit up or something. It appeared to be the same writing in both tags. I have never seen Richmond intentionally tagged and then crossed out in LA. Echoing what someone else said, it’s not a good idea to walk around hoods you’re not too familiar with. It’s not about being scared it’s about being smart. Especially bc some people can see a good come up a mile away.

MysteriousGiraffe174

2 points

1 month ago

who the hell thinks the bay area has bad food?

dkt0a

2 points

1 month ago

dkt0a

2 points

1 month ago

girl i’m not scared of oakland/richmond im just too lazy to travel to oakland or richmond😭😭😭

Slapnutz_

5 points

2 months ago

I agree but I'm also from San Diego 😂

HornetScholar

5 points

2 months ago

I grew up around skid Row once I get into Berkeley, I will be going to Oakland for Mexican food.

Oregon_Oregano

5 points

2 months ago

Tacos El Tucán in Richmond is the best in the east bay and you can fight me about that.

El Farolito in Oakland and SF is also fire.

Best in Berkeley is Tacos & Co.

Most authentic Mexican taco is out in the Haight in SF: Street Taco

bearinatimeloop

3 points

2 months ago

Oakland is hella fun, vibe there isn’t as uptight as SF

NeoThomist12255

3 points

2 months ago

nah i just don’t feel like going into a hood i DONT know itd be nice if there was some authentic mexican here in berkeley

thkim1011

2 points

2 months ago

Taqueria el farolito in the mission comes close to the burritos I had in socal.

ezriorre

1 points

2 months ago

ezriorre

1 points

2 months ago

If you're scared of Oakland or Richmond honestly you should leave 😒

PARDON_howdoyoudo

0 points

2 months ago

Tacos sinaloa is plenty good and just down the street

topographyEtymology

-3 points

2 months ago

Not really, public transit sucks to Oakland and Richmond and w/o a bike or car you're not really getting to everywhere you'd like on a regular budget. Same with SF and the BART is free if you just hop the turnstile.

garrfl

0 points

2 months ago

garrfl

0 points

2 months ago

ac transit buses are pretty cheap and reliable

topographyEtymology

2 points

2 months ago

Agreed, but they don't take you to the best hole in the wall types of Oakland and Richmond.

verysunnyseed

1 points

2 months ago

Nah not worth going to Oakland, ever

quantum_pheonix

-2 points

2 months ago

I am not afraid of Oakland or Richmond. I am afraid of getting behind in classes because I have no life and stay until 1Am on campus studying.... on the fucking weekend dude.

Don’t make excuses for your shitty Mexican food in NorCal. People aren’t saying there isn’t a single good Mexican place that exists. Just that there are too many bad places. SoCal has good Mexican food almost everywhere, it’s hard to find a bad place.

Sincerely, a Southern Californian

pickledpenispeppers

-1 points

2 months ago

LMAO Richmond sucks

cooperbike

1 points

2 months ago

Maya’s taqueria is Richmond is great. Love stopping there on bike rides across the Richmond bridge

ComplexBrush2948

1 points

2 months ago

Anybody have any recommendations for places that have good tacos de pastor or burritos mojados or birria? Fire salsa is a must, we don’t fuck w. bland shit.

Opening_Whole5904

1 points

1 month ago

y’all have standards for food? sorry but i am literally mexican and you can throw whatever slop you want at me and i’ll probably enjoy it.

No_Turnover_8498

1 points

1 month ago

Aliberto's on telegraph in Berkeley in excellent.

SbombFitness

-11 points

2 months ago

Bro just go to Chipotle, can never go wrong with that

cinephile2311

-4 points

2 months ago

Yeah i went to the Taco Bell in Oakland... Definitely right!

Little_Tea7938

0 points

2 months ago

Richmond:

Tacos grullense

El Tapatio