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Restaurants & Bars

Otaez Mexican Restaurant (Alameda)

Cecelia | Apr 11, 200607:21 PM     8

I had lunch at the Otaez on Webster and Lincoln in Alameda this wet and dreary day. Tuesday's special (this is for you Susan) is Albondigas soup. The decor is very attractive, if a little kitchy. I think they have a full bar, but I didn't partake so not sure about that.

Service was just great. Friendly, fast and very accurate. I ordered (off a very lengthy menu) a "small" bowl of Albondigas soup and an al pastor taco.

Chips (not homemade but good) and two salsas--a spicy salsa fresca and a smoky salsa came very promptly.

And, then the real food started.

First I was given a tiny bowl of pasta in mild tomato based sauce. I felt like such an idiot. I thought this was a very odd version of Albondigas as I dug into the spaghetti searching for a lone meatball.

No, although just an ok appetizer, it was just a starter.

The soup came--in a tureen, I kid you not--a flavorful broth and seven or so meatballs, carrots, potatoes, and squash. Very good if a bit too mild for my taste.

With the soup came my taco al pastor. Excellent. Homemade white corn tortilla with a great bbq'd pork. Served simply with a bit of salsa, onions and cilantro. Very tasty.

A few minutes passed and then the waitress arrived with another plate. A big plate. For the soup, apparently. Rice and two fried tacos with beans and cheese nestled inside. The tacos were simple and simply wonderful.

Finally, the staff person balanced a steamer full of homemade corn tortillas on top of my chips bowl.

A very satisfying meal. The price: $9.17.

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