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Excellent pozole at La Palmita (Berkeley)

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Excellent pozole at La Palmita (Berkeley)

ernie in berkeley | Jul 16, 2010 02:25 PM

This little family-run tacqueria on San Pablo has been a favorite for a long time, with excellent chile verde and pollo verde burritos and tacos, home made chips and salsa and aguas frescas. Yesterday they were cooking up a big pot of pozole and gave me a taste, and I stopped back for a full bowl today.

It's an excellent rendition, stew-thick with corn kernels and sliced pork, assertively spiced with New Mexico chilis, subtly seasoned with garlic, oregano and a hint of lime, and served with a handful of shredded cabbage on top and a wedge of lime on the side. A "small" bowl ($4.95) was plenty for lunch; the mammoth "large" ($6.95) might even be too much for dinner. They have it today and for the next few days as a special, so it's not clear when it will be available in the future--unless of course lots of Chowhounds visit and they put it on the main menu, hint-hint.

Nice, sunny patio area in back, easy metered parking and more difficult free parking on side streets. It's hard to understand why people line up at Chipotle across the street, instead of here.

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La Palmita Cafe
1335 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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