We went to Oakland's Fruitvale district to see the Dia de Los Muertos festival. We got there a bit after 10am and that's a good time to see everything without the crowds.
Rworange asked before if you can eat the sugar skulls-and we found out from the lady selling some that the answer is Yes! Just don't eat the glitter things they use for eyes. We bought 2 for $5. Haven't tried them though.
We had lunch at El Huarache Azteca because I saw the restaurant on Check Please and it seemed interesting. 3842 International Blvd (@ 39th Ave) Oakland.
We tried: #3 Barbacoa plate $10.50-smoked lamb plate w/ rice, beans & catus. Includes 1 order of handmade tortillas. I liked the catus and the handmade tortillas. The meat tasted a bit strange to me and I usually like lamb, B. liked it.
huarache w/ chicken tinga-the huarache is lighly fried and covered w/ chicken and cheese. It was pretty good.
huitlacoche quesadillas-black corn mushroom. Didn't have much taste but it was ok.
B. said the chips & salsa were really good.
Horchata was just ok-sweet and a bit gritty.
Total of 3 dishes, 3 horchatas, tip & tax $30.
Saw a few churros carts w/ the fresh oil, and the "Sonoran-style" hot dogs, & fruit carts but we didn't get any.
I'd recommend it for next year and go early like 10am. Getting there at 1pm is really too late, glad we left by then.
old post on Fruitvale's Day of the Dead: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...