rachel hope | Sep 5, 200111:18 PM     8

I finally made it to this deli after six months or so of strong intentions. It's a pretty torquoise building at the corner of San Pablo and Allston in Berkeley which advertises fresh tamales and other Mexican savories. Knew I'd made a good decision as soon as I got out of the car and the smells swept over me. In the deli, a long line leading up to a bar where you order food, and a couple of shelves stocking Mexican products. On the menu everything you would expect to find (tacos, burritos, pozole, enchiladas, tamales, etc.), but in some unusual combinations. I ordered a special "tacos three ways" (al pastor, asada, and carnitas). Loved it. The side of refried beans were out of a can. But the meat was intensely flavorful, especially the carnitas, but also the other two. And the tacos were soft and fresh tasting. Dressed simply with chopped tomato and cilantro (although the al pastor was also topped with a very fresh guac). Tim had a papas con chorizo burrito which was all hot and oozy and gooey and satisfying -- but seemingly missing any large portions of sausage? I also ordered a Oaxacan-style tamale (wrapped in banana leaf) to go, but haven't tried it yet. Prices are cheap. There are a couple of picnic tables outside, and a couple of round tables inside. This is a definite find.

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