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Talavera Taqueria (New), Berkeley

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Talavera Taqueria (New), Berkeley

lmnopm | May 1, 2007 01:20 PM

I doubt they had been open an hour when I arrived. The place looked cleaner and more appealing. There are lunch menus out, which have a nice selection of traditional-looking dishes (no paper to-go menus yet, so I'm unable to give much detail). The menus are more like for a sit-down order at the table restaurant, but it is stand up/pay, sit down with a number service.

I had a carnitas plate lunch. The carnitas were very good - a tad too salty for my taste, but probably just perfect for most people. These were served with beans (standard, nothing special - I had whole beans), tortillas (choice of flour or corn - I had corn - standard, nothing special), and salad/pickled vegetables. Hot fried chips are offered when you pay. The salsa bar only had one very mild but tasty salsa out - I asked if there was anything hotter, and I received a nice spicy green salsa. They were still setting up a lot of things, and there was room for several salsas/condiments on the salsa bar.

The staff was nice - a little nervous, but nice. I don't know if it is cash only or not. I noticed the register said "Montero's Cafe" on the screen, so I wonder if it owned by the same folks, or just a "borrowed or used" register.

I'll go back again, as I am in that block every day, and they had tamales and mole on the menu.

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