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Good Mexican in Berkeley!

David Boyk | Aug 25, 2002 10:09 PM

For the year I've been in Berkeley, I've despaired for the Mexican food available here. There's tacos aplenty in Fruitvale and the Mission, of course, but as a broke college student, the BART fare sometimes scares me, and the time required isn't always available. A couple of days ago, though, I was exploring the neighborhood around San Pablo and University, which has abundant cool places, notably Everette & Jones and Kabana, which makes very good curries (I posted about it five or six months ago). It's also got two Mexican markets, Mi Ranchito and Mi Tierra, both in the first block or two south of University, on the west side of San Pablo. I'd been in Mi Ranchito before on my continuing quest for sugarcane juice with which to make mojitos, and it was an okay market. This time I went to Mi Tierra, and as a market, it was about the same as Mi Ranchito (a decent selection of Mexican sodas, mostly Jarritos). But in the back, like many Mexican markets, they have a lunch counter, with all the standard meats in the standard forms. My al pastor burrito was very edible, and so was my friend's carne asada taco. It's not the greatest Mexican food ever, but it's quite enjoyable, and in a town where most of the people think a taco is supposed to have lettuce and shredded American cheese on it, that's an achievement.

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