Carmelita's in old Fair Oaks is IMHO the best mexican restaurant in the Sacramento area. we went at 9:00 pm on a Friday night and were told we had to wait for 30 minutes. Surprising for the late hour but we survived with some of the best margaritas in town. After we were seated we were greeted with the obligatory chips and salsa. Fresh, hot chips and two kinds of salsa. Hot, but very tasty. On the menu is the usual mexican fare with many seafood items. Only the menu is the same as the rest, though.
My wife ordered a three item combo and I did the same. Mine came with a beef taco, a tamale and a chicken enchilada. the taco, (my favorite food ever)was delicious with spiced shredded beef and a hard tortilla shell. Pretty standard. the tamale was pork wrapped in corn meal. It was not wrapped however in corn husks. Covered with a spicy red sauce and larger than a tamale at most places it was very good. the chickn enchilada was delicious. Carmelita's does chicken like no one else. Covered in a spicy green sauce and cheese, this is why I come here over all other mexican restaurants.
my wife's dinner had a beef taco, chili relleno and cheese enchilada. the relleno and enchilada, larger than most were both delicious according to my wife.
We have been here many times and every dish is wonderful, the seafood dishes are amazing. The rice and beans accompaniment are very tasty too. Carmelita's is head and shoulders above any mexican sit down casual type place in the Sacrameto area, check them out! As we were leaving people were still coming in for dinner, after 10;00pm!
Also another outlet in downtown Roseville.