This little Mexican eatery was originally named Los Jarritos, but recently had to change its name to El Jarro due to threat of being sued by Los Jarritos of Mexico which is on a mission to protect its name internationally. Anyway, I had read positive reviews in the local press, plus my neighbor recommended it too. It is located a few doors away from Lily's House on Mt. Diablo Blvd. There are a few tables outside and out on the back patio. The first time we went was on a Saturday and we waited a few minutes outside. During that time I saw someone get a taco salad which looked amazingly good. I almost ordered that, but decided to get the grilled tilapia veracruz style. We also ordered an appetizer plate with chicken taquitos, cheese quesadilla and a bean and cheese tart (don't know the name of this, as it was substituted for the chicken drummettes we thought we were getting). The taquitos were excellent - the corn tortillas were very fresh, with a well seasoned filling. The guacamole that came with the platter was really fresh too.
My tilapia dish was good, but not as eye opening as the taquitos. My daughter got a chicken burrito which she loved, but could only finish half it was so big. My husband enjoyed his carne asada very much. I had a mojito and husband had a marguerita with dinner, both excellent. Even the mix in the Coke that my daughter got was good, plenty of kick upon the first sip.
They also serve flan and some other Mexican desserts, but we were too full to go further. The chef works in the middle of the room, so that you can wave to him when you come in the door. There was just one waiter that night but he was very efficient. I went away that night still thinking about the taco salad.
I went back 2 days later with my daughter for an early dinner. She had the quesadilla platter and I had the taco salad. Wow, freshest and best that I've ever had. The shell tasted like it was fried to order. The lettuce, tomatoes and beef filling were perfectly proportioned and if you let the cheese that is sprinkled on top sit for a few minutes, it gets melted and adds another texture. It is served with the excellent guacamole and sour cream. All I asked for was a dish of hot sauce and I was in heaven. Who needs Taco Bell when you can have this.
Prices are reasonable and portions very generous.
El Jarro Mexican Cafe
3563 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette CA 94549
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