We had two young ladies from Switzerland visiting, girls who lived here with their parents last year and sorely missed Mexican food when they returned to their little town outside of Basel. They love Gordo's on Solano and we tried desperately to take them to Casa Latina for the tacos and pastry but, alas, work schedules didn't allow it.
On their last day we took them to La Palmita, which had been touted here as authentic and tasty--and which we had never visited. What a tragedy! The food was tasteless and limp. I felt so bad that I didn't listen to my husband and take them to Chipotle instead! No matter what anyone says, the food at Chipotle is well-seasoned and the salad greens crisp and fresh.
And, sorry guys, but the single tastiest thing I ate with them while they were here was a Spicy Chicken Crunch-Wrap Supreme at Taco Bell (they begged to go there--apparently there's no francise in Switzerland.) It was DELICIOUS if ephemeral--the leftover one, once put in its foil package and transported home, was soggy. I don't care how inauthentic it is; it beats most Mexican food to pieces. (Yes, I like the fresh tacos at the trucks on Harrison in the City or in Oakland a lot. But honest, try one of these cheap and easily accessible before you judge. Eat it IMMEDIATELY.)
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