+

1 Place

Expand Map

1 Place

Restaurants & Bars

La Estrella Liquors & Deli | Salinas

Melanie Wong | Aug 10, 201611:48 AM     5

I've been enjoying the homestyle, Zacatecas-style cooking at La Estrella in Salinas for more than ten years. But I've said little about it besides this older post,
http://www.chowhound.com/post/mexican...

Owned by a genial couple, the wife, Gloria, puts so much heart and soul into her food. Her soups and stews have all been wonderful, and even simple tacos use tortillas handmade to-order. Even with two assistants to help her in the kitchen, the food takes a little longer to come out, but it's well worth the wait.

After answering a question about Mexican food in Salinas, La Estrella was top of mind again and I dropped by last weekend for a quick snack. It was busy on Saturday and many of the patrons were enjoying the signature Siete Mares, bowls chock full of huge clams and crab legs.

For me, just a quick gordita filled with al pastor. One of the assistants made this, not Gloria herself, and the masa cake could have been a bit browner. The pork al pastor was in rough cubes, well-seasoned but a little dry. Garnished nicely with crunchy iceberg lettuce, pico de gallo and shredded cheese, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. Especially when accented with the excellent smoky chile red salsa here . . . this was $3.75 well spent.

Something new since my last visit is a change in the liquor license. You can now enjoy a beer with your meal. Next time I'll ask if they can make a michelada.

More photos https://www.flickr.com/search/?sort=d...

La Estrella Liquors & Deli
124 Abbott St
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-5552

Estrella Liquors & Deli
Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Discussion Summary

Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion.

Email a Friend

More from Chowhound

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year
Guides

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

by Brianne Garrett | New year, new me. It’s a popular mantra that we all tell ourselves going into a new year—vowing that...

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave
Guides

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

by Gretchen Lidicker | Trying to cut carbohydrates? There are plenty of great plant-based substitutes for your favorite carbs...

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking
Guides

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

by Dan McKay and Jen Wheeler | These easy, healthy ingredient swaps are proof that eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore. Even...

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right
Recipe Round-Ups

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right

by Gretchen Lidicker | If you want to eat less sugar, finding no-sugar and low sugar breakfast recipes that are both easy...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.