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Taqueria El Sombrero #2 (Piner Rd in Santa Rosa)

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Taqueria El Sombrero #2 (Piner Rd in Santa Rosa)

Eat_Nopal | Jun 22, 2007 12:27 PM

I hit this humble taqueria in the industrial part of SR during lunch hours yesterday. It didn't look all to promising but I had to try it due to its proximity to the indoor soccer facility. Well... never judge a book by its cover!

The place was packed as the result of some good cooking. The decor is disastrous as it has no sense of identify whatsover but is clean & comfortable and the menu is pretty boring and basic.

I had a Cabeza taco ($2), very small Guacamole ($1), side of beans ($1) and Pacifico Clara ($2) they provided complimentary Chips with Pico de Gallo & Tomatillo-Arbol salsa.

> Chips... thin & fresh. Not flavorful, not bland... perfect for their sacrificial duty of transporting salsa.
> Pico de Gallo... good not great but a tastt way to have some lycopene.
> Roasted Tomatillo-Arbol salsa... very good slightly sweet, sour & spicy with no b.s. ingredients like vinegar, cumin or black pepper just a solid, authentic salsa.

> Cabeza taco was just sublime. A generous amount of perfectly cooked, very beefy Cabeza on standard factory corn tortillas, substantial amount of onions, cilantro & tomatillo-arbol salsa. Each but was a well balanced, butter-textured bliss.

> Guacamole was good but not great.

> Refried Beans were okay... had a little off flavor that was easily corrected by drowning them in salsa. Quite a large portion of soluble fiber goodness for $1

Nothing special... not a destination worthy place at all.... but better than it looks. If you are in the area... the Cabeza tacos must be had.

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