A concha is the taco shell that comes with a taco salad.
But this delicate delicious concha is warm and fried to order.
Lovingly nestled inside was some of the best carnitas in the area around Richmond. The carnitas were tender, lightly crisp on the outside, with a flavor that was full of pure porky pleasure.
A perfect layer of creamy refried beans coated the bottom of the concha. Sharing the shell with the meat were chopped tomatoes, Spanish rice, salsa, a topping of smooooth, fresh guacamole, some shredded lettuce and a generous covering of finely shredded cheese.
This was the regular. When I asked about the concha fajita, I was told it came with grilled red peppers, onions, tomato and a choice of meat. All this amazing goodness for $5 ... and it came with chips and two types of salsa served in mocajetes.
While the chips were of the bagged variety, the salsas were mighty fine, especially the almost mustard-yellow salsa with heat and lots of seeds. The other red salsa with a few chopped onions and peppers was good too.
The horchata was fine, not too sweet and a little chalky. Next time I’ll go for the watermelon aqua fresca which was deep red and looked excellent.
I’m not surprised that Ajijic Restaurant that only opened about 8 months ago in this same location didn’t last. The previous owners did NOT know how to run a restaurant ... and the food, while ok, wasn’t good enough to overcome that.
Here’s a link to a report about the departed Ajijic.
The menu is almost identical.
The meats are still carne asada, Al Pastor, lengua, chorizo (says it is house made), fajitas (beef or chicken), ground beef, chicken, chile Colorado, and Chile Verde.
The prices are still the same or less. There is a choice of a Mexican or American breakfast, or breakfast items can be a la carte. The prices for the a la carte items are the same
1 egg - .65
1 toast - .50
1 pancake – 1.25 (they dropped the price of the pancake)
The most interesting sounding Mexican breakfast, to me is the huevos al albanil (scrambled with onions, tomatoes and serranos.
In addition to a regular and super burrito there is a wet burrito and something called a Scotty burrito (have no clue ... I’m guessing it is vegetarian and so was Scotty).
Tacos are soft or hard. Fish tacos are on the menu. There’s a dinner menu of 10 Mexican standards.
There’s an American side to the menu with burgers, sandwiches and breakfast. They have a salmon burger that for an extra fifty cents can include chipotle mayo. Actually that might be nice to add to a burger too.
There’s a nice outdoor patio area and some warm day I’ll stop by and have breakfast outdoors.
The staff is pleasant, helpful and efficient. If other items are as good as that carnitas concha, I’ll bet Los Arcos has a long life.
Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant
1207 Pomona St
Monday – Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm