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Chava's Taqueria -Santa Rosa

Sam B | Aug 12, 2005 11:40 AM

On the way to a meeting in Graton, I ducked off of the highway to grab a bite along Sebastapol Road. Cruised the trucks but nothing caught my eye. Instead pulled into an open space in front of Chava's Taqueria, intrigued by their sign for "Hot Dogs, Stilos Mexicanos" Formerly a Korean lunch counter, it's a hole in the wall sort of place. The kitchen is open, so I could see a steam table with various caldos, Albondigas, Carne in Chile Rojo etc. What caught my eye was the big mound of masa and a tortilla press!

Having little time for lunch, I ordered a couple of Tacos Al Pastor. The friendly woman in the Kitchen (Chava I presume)pinched off two balls of Masa, pressed them out into 8" tortillas, and plopped them on the griddle.

These were stellar tacos, the meat was highly seasoned, if a bit chewy, and the fresh tortillas took them over the top! The table salsa was a thin puree, Chile de Arbol I think, smoky, garlicky, and plenty hot. I wolfed them down.

I asked about tortillas to go - was told they were available by the dozen for $4.

Can't wait to go back when I have more time, and a bigger appetite.

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