Warned by my office mate yesterday that all the Mexican restaurants on Kings Canyon Rd. were closed due to the planned march on City Hall, I decided to venture northwest and try a new place that his son had recommended to him.
Ordered two sopes, one lengua and one carnitas (2/3.99) and a fish taco (1.99). Sopas were piled high with meat and a nice dose of crema over the lettuce topping. Fish was battered Baja style, light and crisp, but the flesh was a tad on the chewy side. It was my first experience with sopes and now I'm afraid I might be disappointed anywhere else, they were that good.
The salsa bar has a nice tomatillo, a fiery brick-red picante, a milder thin rust colored one, and two salsa frescas, one mild, the other with jalapenos. Great flavors. Pickled jalapenos and lemon slices complete the offerings.
I struck up a conversation with daughter of the lady doing the cooking. The family is from Michuoacan. The mother makes all the sauces fresh daily, changing them as she goes along according to her mood. I asked what else she would recommend from the menu and was told Mom makes a mean chile verde as well as huevos rancheros.
Went back and tried the huevos rancheros this morning, and they were quite good, served with browned cubed potatos and frijoles. The best part was the orange tinted ranchera sauce, a unique flavor that I hadn't experienced before. Another plus is that they open at 7am, no more waiting till 8 or even later for other places in this area to open on weekends.
La Autentica Taqueria
3069 W. Ashlan (SE at Marks Ave, @ 1/2 mi E of Hwy 99)