Sister Janet is always touting the tamales at Lupita's on the Pitt School Road exit in Dixon off of Highway 80, and yes, they are a good to or from Tahoe option...but today I may have found something just as good ...
It was pouring rain on my way en route to a few days R and R here at Tahoe, and I needed a break. I thought of Lupita's, but it is more of a carry-out place, and I needed somewhere to sit and let the downpour diminish. I pulled off at Pitt School, intending to look around at the options, when I spotted Jalisco...
Jalisco is a bright, sit down taqueria/restaurant with booths along the edges. Order at the counter, they bring you your food. I ordered one taco de lengua (beef tongue), and two al pastor, plus a Senorial (a decent selection of Mexican beers is also available, but I was driving in a storm, after all).
Fresh tasting but not homemade chips were brought to the table with two salsas, one listed on the menu as 'suave' and one as 'fuerte'. Even the suave had a good kick; in fact I'd have to rate it as one of the better salsas I've had in a while. Tasted like the Grandmotherly woman behind the counter made it herself. The fuerte was heavy on the chipotle, so if you are a fan (I'm not) you'd probably like it. They also had pickled jalapenos and radishes.
Tacos showed up just a minute later: properly (from my point of view as to what a taco should be) served on small, fresh corn tortillas, with just chopped onion and cilantro, and a lime wedge.
The lengua was heaven. Indeed, this had to be the best tongue I've had since my own Grandmother's (decidedly not Mexican) version: flavorful, juicy, perfectly cooked, stood up to the salsa. Just plain delicious. The al pastor was well-seasoned but alas, just a bit dry ....I regretted not trying the carnitas, but I was stuffed, and of course, there is always the trip home!
I saw some standard combo stuff going out to other tables, including some very nice looking tostadas, quesadillas (made with standard flour tortillas I'm sorry to say), etc. They have menudo on the weekends, and eggs with chorizo and a few other breakfast items in the am. (I didn't see huevos rancheros, or sigh, albondigas, though you can be sure I asked about the later).
Very friendly and efficient service. Three tacos (two tortillas and lots of meat in each), Mexican soda, tax and tip was about $7.(most tacos are $1.65; I think they charge a bit more for the lengua, and it is totally worth it.)
The didn't have a card, and I didn't catch the address, but it is to your right and then on the left off 80 if you are heading east; in the same little mall as Solano Baking Company and across from McDonalds.
I'll be back very soon to check out the carnitas!