I've lived in Sacramento for a while, but haven't yet found any Mexican restaurant (other than taquerias) that comes close to what I'd get in Mexico (or even L.A.).
These are the places I like, so far - but these aren't real restaurants:
- Taqueria / Cocina Garibaldi (Alta Arden & Howe) - tacos & mariscos
- Carniceria Lopez (Manzanita) - tacos, tamales, huaraches... (actually a meat market)
I've been to the usual: Ernestos, Tres Hermanas, Centro Cocina, Adalberto's... I didn't go to Zocalo because it was too noisy - but if the food is worth it, I might give it a try. None of them has really become a favorite, although I tend to lean toward Tres Hermanas out of this list. Franklin boulevard is a bit far, since I'm on the north end of town - and there is a large Mexican community around El Superior Market on Northgate.
My solution for now has been to cook it myself - El Superior supermarket has most of the ingredients (and a take out section) and there are enough carnicerias around to get good meat cut Mexican style. But sometimes I'm lazy and just want to go out, give someone money and get good food.