Taqueria Sebastopol sits off the street, and one is likely to miss it, and I wish I would have this morning. I have been looking for a good bowl of Menudo to eat after shopping at the Sebastopol Flea Market, and the best one I have found so far is La Fondita in Santa Rosa. Taqueria Sebastopol is closer, and cheaper too.
I started out with horchata, chips and two salsas, red and green. The horchata was not very creamy and was watery, much as it would be toward the end of the day when the melted ice dilutes it, but it was 9:45 am. The chips and salsas were average at best, the red salsa being the better of the two.
The Menudo arrived promptly in a large bowl but was maybe half full, seemed to be a small portion. The bowl came on a plate with lemon wedges, chopped onion, and what looked to be, and expected, cilantro. It all looked pretty good, it had a large knuckle protruding out of the red broth. I'd prefer limes over lemons, but could live with that. But the cilantro turned out to be chopped parsley, and I did not discover that until I had dumped most of it into the Menudo. Stirring and tasting the broth I discovered a few more deficiency's. There was very little tripe, but it was all honeycomb. The broth was very salty, rather thin body, and barely above luke warm. It seemed to be lacking the body that comes from collagen, and the robust flavor from a good amount of dried chilies. On the plus side was the knuckle, it was very good, cooked enough that I could dislocate it and extract all that good connective stuff. About five minutes after getting the Menudo the corn tortillas finally made it to the table, and they were pitiful. They were absolutely commercial, and that's ok, most places serves those these days, but these appeared to be old and nuked too. After waiting five minutes I was hoping it was because they had to make them, or at least heating them on the griddle.
I read somewhere that Taqueria Sebastopol is supposed to be good Mexican food, maybe some of the dishes are, but I can assure you the Menudo, at least the one time I ate it, was not very good. Guess the quest continues for good Menudo near the Sebastopol Flea Market.