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Lousy Recommendations and Good Tacos

erickguz | Aug 11, 2007 06:56 PM

I live in Mountain View, notorious for the Terrible Restaurant Row on Castro...

I am amazed at some of the recommendations on these boards. I love to eat, and have worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years. I know good food. I know bad food. Some individuals may have different tastes, as taste is subjective, but I know food.

Today, as I was eating at a taco stand in Redwood City that I have frequented for several years, I told the love of my life that with the many misleading bad recommendations all across the internet, I would write my first recommendation - a taco stand no less...

If you are in a mood for a great STEAK TACO, try Naranjo's in Redwood City, at the corner of Broadway and El Camino Real, across from Sequoia High School.

Is everything in this place great? No, the tacos are great. Is this somwhere you would go out on your first date? Probably not. It's just a "taco joint." Yes, they have Barbacoa and other items which seem very popular and are good, but I have traveled throughout looking for the best tacos. At Naranjo's, nothing compares to the YUMMINESS FACTOR of their steak tacos. Their poster states they use Harris Ranch Beef. Recently, I tried the Barbacoa (beef), and they provided me with an order of four HANDMADE TORTILLAS. Well, today, I thought, "Hmmm, those tortillas were great, so I will order 2 Tacos de Carne Asada, and a side order of the handmade tortillas." I then constructed my Tacos de carne asada with the handmade corn tortillas in lieu of the tortillas that come with the order. I was in Taco heaven. It was lunchtime, so it was busy. They couldn't cook the meat fast enough, which means that it did not rest for more than a minute, and was exceptional.

The place is worth the visit for the Tacos de Carne Asada as they come prepared. For a little twist, order a side of the HANDMADE TORTILLAS, and you'll see what I mean!...

BTW, I have yet to find great Chinese Take-out in the Mountain View/Sunnyvale area... I don't even care about price anymore. Regardless, some of the recommendations on these boards have left me shaking my head. Hope you try these steak tacos, or have tried them. Maybe you too will be shaking your head, or actually enjoy!


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