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PegS | Jun 27, 200302:03 PM     14

I recently went to a place on San Pablo in Oakland (whose name escapes me right now) that I read about in San Francisco Magazine, solely to see if they had a Caldo Tlalpeno anywhere near as good as the one I had years ago in the Yucatan. No such luck. Barely any chipotle flavor, a chickpea or two, but full of carrots, tomatos, green beans and chunks of chicken. No avocado. Fine if I wanted a vegetable chicken soup, but a very disappointing Caldo Tlalpeno. The one I still dream about was very spicy (they even had a whole chipotle in the bowl), had rice instead of chickpeas (though either is fine with me), a nice hint of epazote, and was tempered with cool avocados.

So, does anyone know of anyplace in the Bay Area--though East Bay is preferred--that serves a truly good Caldo Tlalpeno, with no skimping on the chipotle and avocados? I'd be forever grateful!

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