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Barbacoa @ Antojitos La Texanita, Santa Rosa


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Barbacoa @ Antojitos La Texanita, Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | Jul 7, 2006 07:10 AM

A couple weeks ago I headed to Santa Rosa's taco truck row on Sebastopol Road looking for the Tejanita truck. A different purveyor occupied the spot next to the car wash. However, my initial disappointment soon faded when I noticed the newish signage across the street on Antojitos La Texanita. Stepping inside to check out the restaurant, I was even happier to recognize the female proprietor who had fed me so well at the truck. She told me that she'd been "grounded" for nearly a year.

Prices for tacos held at a buck apiece. But my favorite of their sandwiches, the Tejana (Texana) is now $6.50. Prices aside, the menu has fleshed out to offer grilled chicken, more mariscos, soups, and on weekends, birria, menudo and barbacoa. And now complimentary warm chips and salsa are offered. The two salsas look innocuous but pack a lot of flavor and heat.

Ordering the barbacoa ($8) and an horchata ($1.50), I was offered the choice of a bowl with broth or a plate with rice and beans. Both versions come with handmade to order corn tortillas. I opted for the dry version, but asked for a cup of the consume just to try it.

The photo linked below shows the bountiful amount of food I got for my eight bucks. It sort of tickled me that this restaurant uses the same blue and white plastic dinnerware found in inexpensive Chinese restaurants. Made with beef rather than the lamb I'm more familiar with, the texture of the meat was silky smooth and buttery tender. Wrapped in the warm tortillas with the rice and beans and a touch of the Michoacan style chili paste, the beef had a deep deliciousness and intensity beyond the mild spicing. No Boeuf Bourguignonne has ever provided more satisfaction.

The beefy consume was concentrated with the sticky trace on the lips of collagen from boiled down bones and beef goodness. No pozole or roasted rice in this version, I added the freshly chopped onions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime to cut the richness.

The proprietress stopped by my table twice to check on things. She has amazing energy, not missing a single detail. It's great to see her hard work paying off.

Antojitos La Texanita
1667 Sebastopol Rd.
Santa Rosa

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