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Richmond - Taqueria La Noria - Torta ahogada y Torta sincronisada

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Richmond - Taqueria La Noria - Torta ahogada y Torta sincronisada

rworange | Oct 10, 2005 12:37 AM

I hope whoever was looking for Tortas ahogadas is checking the board. It seems lately I’ve been up to my ankles in the drowned sandwiches of Guadalajara.

This new taqueria opened on Sept 21st. I just had two tacos - carnitas & pastor. This is one of the better $1.25 tacos in the area. They come with ok chips and a herby tasting salsa verde. The pastor was very nice with lots of flavor and almost a pineapple taste to it. Skip the carnitas where were a little too finely chopped and caused them to dry out. Both were sprinkled with chopped onion and cilantro. The filling was generous.

While I wouldn’t place them in the same class as Del Palmar or El Tucan, there is the price difference and they are the best for that price range. I’d rate them above the pricier La Bamba tacos.

I asked if they were from Guadalajara and was told the brother-in-law is from that city. Anyway here’s how they describe two of the tortas:

Torta ahogada - Made with our creamy spicy chipotle sauce

Torta sincronisada - Made with our creamy chipotle sauce (not spicy)

The sell pupusas. There are also the standard burritos as well as shrimp, steak picado and chile verde.

Plates include: chimichangas, enchiladas, fajitas, steak ranchero, flautas, chiles rellenos, chile verde, camarones (Diabla, ajo, rancheros, chipotle), There are daily specials

Breakfast includes huevos rancheros, huevos con chorizo, heuvos en cebollados, a house omelet and a breakfast burrito.

It is actually a pleasant sunny place like a nice café. It has that Chile’s look to it, but small, like a … café. Nice wooden tables too, not the usual downscale furniture.

The only odd thing which must be a leftover from the previous owner is a mural dated ‘03’. The current owners covered half of it with a coke machine, but it has a weeping woman over a dead man with a crucifix in his hands and a huge bull that takes up about half of the mural … and yet it is more fascinating and colorful than depressing. Maybe the mortuary on the corner had some influence on the artist’s subject.

Taqueria La Noria

You would think they would have an address on the take out menu, just the phone number. They are across the street from the Middle School on MacDonald and next door to the casket company (I’m sure I’ve make it real attractive now).

Approximately at MacDonald & 33rd

510-215-9263

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