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Brief mexican reports, Scotts Valley & Santa Cruz


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Brief mexican reports, Scotts Valley & Santa Cruz

Alice Patis | Jun 26, 2006 07:10 PM

I've tried only a few places since moving to this area, but wanted to post my thoughts. Thank you to the various hounds (matt, nathan p and carb lover) for past recommendations.

Tucson Taqueria, Scotts Valley
I really like their salsa bar, esp the darkest/spiciest salsa: smoky and very spicy. The carnitas burrito was more like Al Pastor than Carnitas (diced pork, not shredded), but had some good flavor. Serving size is huge. Courtyard tables are nice on non-hot days.

Tacos Moreno, Santa Cruz
I wish I could like this hole-in-the-wall, but the carnitas burrito lacked flavor and the carnitas was kind of dry and some big chunks were left unshredded. Plus the salsa is a tad watery and normally I don't mind, but it was in a squeeze bottle so each time I inverted the bottle to squeeze some out (I like to add salsa as I eat), I got quite a bit of water. But I like that they put sliced cabbage (and no rice) in all their burritos. And I liked the pickled jalapenos in the help-yourself jar. No Aguas Frescas, just bottled drinks.

Panaderia El Rosal Bakery, Santa Cruz
I noticed this little store when I parked for the Live Oak Farmers Market. Pan Dulce and Bolillo rolls in display cases, shelves with tons of mexican foods and candies, and Pinatas for cheap. The sweets looked too big for me, but I saw a big crockpot looking thing filled with tamales and people were buying a bunch at a time. $1 each, and only chicken that day. Smelled so good, I ate one in the car and burnt my fingers. Almost creamy masa around flavorful, tender, moist shredded chicken. The farmer's market was disappointing, but these tamales are worth a drive just for them. Masa a bit drier but still good microwaved the next day. Photo below:

Next I'll try Los Gallos in Scotts Valley.

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