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El Taco Zamorano, El Huarache Azteca, Mariscos Manzanillo or Mariscos La Costa in East Bay


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El Taco Zamorano, El Huarache Azteca, Mariscos Manzanillo or Mariscos La Costa in East Bay

cvhound | Jan 12, 2010 09:39 PM

I'm in the mood for some really good basic Mexican food. For those of you familiar with Ojeda's near downtown Dallas, I dream about Ojeda's puffy tacos, smokey refried beans and yummy chile con queso. To date, I've tried (many of them numerous times): Juan's and Picante in Berkeley; Oatez in Alameda; La Pinata in Hayward; Casa Orozco in Dublin; and El Charro in Lafayette. None have come close to satisfying my cravings for the Tex-Mex food I ate while growing up in Texas.

I'm looking for a sit-down restaurant for Friday night for hubby and myself. We're not big on pork, lamb, goat or organ meats. We do, however, enjoy lean cuts of beef, chicken (white meat only) and all kinds of seafood, especially shell fish, squid and fish. Ideally, a place with flavorful corn tortillas, thick, chewy flour tortillas, killer green and red salsas who do basic dishes really well --- tamales, enchiladas, flautas, chile rellanos, refried beans, etc. Mexican seafood cocktails and/or cerviche would be an added plus.

I've done some research and have identified four restaurants that seem to get generally positive reviews: El Taco Zamarano, El Huarache Azteca, Mariscos Manzanillo and Mariscos La Costa. However, I can't tell whether all four are sit-down restaurants or more for take-out.

Hubby isn't keen on going to Zamarano because of its location and proximity to Hells Angels. What say you CHs? Which would you suggest and more importantly, what should we order there? Is there some place better we should try? Would appreciate your limiting your recs from Castro Valley to Oakland for this go round.

Thanks so much for your help!

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