On this warm and sunny Saturday, Mrs. wineguy and I decided to take a drive down to Redwood City and try a few taquerias we hadn’t been to before. Usually we go to La Casita Chilanga #2 on El Camino or sit in the taqueria inside the Chavez Supermarket on Fifth Avenue. This time we decided to live dangerously and change it up a bit. : )
Our first stop was at Taqueria MexCal, 3215 Middlefield Road. A sunny spot with friendly staff. Tacos were $1.25 each and includes a small bowl of non-house-made chips and a ramekin of an addictive red salsa. We had very fresh, rich and flavorful lengua tacos as well as some carnitas tacos that had a nice array of soft and crispy bits. The food was not greasy at all. The salsa verde on the tacos was bright and snappy. Nice tortillas. We would definitely return.
Our second stop was at Rincon Tarasco, 3200 Middlefield Road. It was quiet, dark and a little somber. Tacos were $1.25 each. We had al pastor and cabeza tacos. The pastor was greasy and not very flavorful. The cabeza was rich and beefy, but greasy. Their tortillas were softened in oil: so added to the greasiness. Their salsa verde was fine. We thought it just OK, and probably wouldn’t return.
Our third and final stop was at El Paisano Carniceria y Mercado, 2856 Middlefield Road. Order in the front of the supermarket and eat in the back by the butcher shop. The tacos, $1.50 each (large are available as well at $3 each), we had were al pastor, birria and barbacoa. All were well-prepared, with rich and unctuous meats. A red as well as a green salsa were offered and both were fine. But the stand out here were the tortillas made to order. We would probably return.