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Picante in Berkeley--who cares?

Curmudgeon | Dec 29, 200707:35 PM

I went to a Christmas party where they served butternut squash tamales which seemed pretty good, so I finally went to Picante after living in the neighborhood for 2 years.

What a huge disappointment. We had the ceviche which was too sweet and was filled with a thick tomato sauce and was unlike anything you'd expect to be served in a real Mexican restaurant let alone Mexico.

And the pork tamales were pretty dull and filled with a minuscule quantity of pork much less than the quantity of pork you'd find in the cheap 12 for $10 kind you get in Oakland, and not nearly so tasty as those.

And we had the enchiladas en mole. which was white flavorless chicken breast folded into a raw tortilla and liberally drowned in a too sweet and cinnamony mole.

The beans and the salsas were pretty good.

And just as everybody says, It's cheap and you CAN take the kids there.

For myself, I'm going to try every joint in Fruitvale before I go back for that stuff.

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