OK, so Salinas is a little south of the Bay Area but not too far south...right?
Upon the recommendations and rumors posted on the California board, I had lunch today at Taqueria El Grullense at 976 Acosta Plaza in Salinas. I'm assuming this "El Grullense" is not part of a chain of other "El Grullense" Taquerias. Apparently this taqueria has a very good taco truck in Salinas as well.
I had a Super-quesadilla carne asada with everything (avocado, tomato, lettuce) except sour cream. The carne asada was very flavorful, obviously used a great marinade of some kind for the meat. The tortilla was well grilled but not too crisped and all the fillings had a fresh flavor to them. Only problem was the small plastic fork was not up to the task to handle the immense quesadilla. Also the plate came with marinated carrots, chips (OK), good salsa, and some very nice lightly grilled (regular) onions.
In any case this taqueria is well worth a detour if you are traveling up and down 101 or are in the Monterey Bay area (and are a fan of taquerias). Even if you live in the southern part of the Bay area and are particularly fanatical about taquerias, it's worth the jaunt down with a carload of folks. Seats, little atmosphere...but great food (and lots of it).
Taqueria El Grullense
976 Acosta Plaza, Salinas, CA 93905