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Los Cantaros Taqueria (Oakland, on Grand)

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Los Cantaros Taqueria (Oakland, on Grand)

Marc Wallace | Mar 7, 2004 05:17 PM

I finally managed to try out this new place -- not once, but twice.

Monday night it was very crowded; from what I heard the next day, they had to call in one of the morning people to help with the serving. Chips and hot sauce (in squeeze bottles) came quickly. My taco al pastor ($2.25) was phenominal. The caldo tlapeno ($4.95) wasn't quite as amazing. I had expected more vegetables and a richer broth; this was more large chunks of chicken, potatoes, and carrots, in a not spicy broth. Decent for chicken soup, not good for what it was supposed to me. My companion tried a carne asada super burrito ($5.75), and the few bites I tried were pretty good.

The next morning we returned, after voting, to find a completely empty restaurant. Service was still rather slow -- clearly they weren't really expecting breakfast customers. I tried the huevos rancheros ($2.75), which came in breakfast burrito form, but was still quite good. I also tried a crispy steak Los Cantaros taco ($2.25), which was... well, it was food that I ate. Next time I'm sticking with the al pastor, or maybe carnitas. Her huevos con chorizo (in plate form for $1 extra comes with rice, beans, and a huge tortilla) ($3.25+$1) was quite good; the chorizo and eggs were cooked together, leaving it spicy but very smooth in texture.

I won't come back every day, but it's hands-down better than anything I've found within a mile of there. (considering my opinion of the Burrito Shop on Lakeshore and Connie's, I'd go so far as to say it's the *only* Mexican place in the area!)

Seafood is listed as a specialty as well. Most folks were ordering burritos, but the camarones a la diabla might be my next order. They also offer menudo and pozole on weekends.

Los Cantaros Taqueria
336 Grand
Mon-Sat 8a-9p, Sun 10a-6p
510/834-4300

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