I find myself in Boonville about three times a year on road trips to Mendocino, and, each time I have lunch in the area, I promise myself that next time I will try the Boonville taco truck …for at least two years now, even though I never tried it, I’ve convinced myself that it was the best food in Boonville…
Well, finally the stars were aligned, and hubby and I stopped in there for lunch Friday. The truck (I believe it is called Mata’s: in any case, it is the only taco truck in town: on the right when one drives into Boonville heading West on 128). English and Spanish spoken; however, the written menu is only in English, which is a bit disorienting. There are a few picnic tables set up next to the truck, with a tarp for shade, making for a pleasant spot to enjoy one’s lunch.
Sadly, however, the tacos themselves were only average at best. I had two tacos de carnitas, and one of carne asada.($2 each). Hubby had a regular chicken burrito. ($6 I think). He had a diet coke ($1); I had a Jarritos ($1.50.)
The tacos were served on two small, reasonably fresh, but factory made tortillas. Both types were fairly greasy, and topped with a nice looking but kick-less salsa, some fresh cilantro (the best part of the tacos) and chopped onion. The carnitas meat was chopped, not shredded, never a good sigh, and it was difficult to taste any real difference between the pork and the beef. There are whole jalapenos, sliced radishes and large bottles of Tapatio Hot Sauce on each table.
I didn’t taste hubby’s burrito, but he seemed happier with it than I was with the tacos.
Bottom line: not cheap, not worth the stop. I think I will go back to picnicking at Navarro Winery instead of lunching in Boonville on my Mendocino trips.
As for the rest of our trip, most of our eating wasn’t in restaurants. However, Hubby and I did spend part of an afternoon in the town of Mendocino, where I enjoyed a cone of Cowlick's Ice Cream from Frankies (I love the Blackberry chocolate chip). We also tried to pick up a dessert at the Garden Bakery, but it was closed Friday afternoon. Sigh…my bad luck with finding baked goods in Mendocino continues. However, in case anyone’s luck with their hours is better than mine, I did see a sign in front saying that they are now making pizzas in their wood brick oven: might be worth checking out for pizza fans.