Thanks to the EB hounds who reminded me to go back to Dona Tomas, on Telegraph (near 51st St.) in Oakland. We popped in last night without a rez, but were seated immediately and had a splendid meal.
At first I was disappoined not to see the corn and huitlacoche (yummy corn fungus) quesadillas on the menu, but the incredibly earthy and rich morel/asparagus/goat cheese quesadillas that *were* on the menu more than made up for that. They were drizzled with a lovely creamy, chili-y sauce.
T. had Carnitas, succulent chunks of tender roast pork, with beans, rice and salsa -- very traditional, but made with a sophistication you find in every dish this kitchen puts out. I had Chili Rellenos -- (Poblano?) peppers stuffed with baby zucchinis, cheese and rice, with a tangy tomatillo sauce.
We over-indulged in the great chips and salsa,not to mention the first-rate margaritas, so we skipped dessert.
This place definitely belongs on the growing roster of "Must Eat" places in Oakland.