From reading here I take it Taco Temple is a local institution. For travellers, take Hwy 1 north to San Jacinto exit, hang two rights (to head south) and you will see it in a couple of blocks front of the grocery store.
The place bills itself as Calif. fresh fusion and is a clean, pleasant and friendly place with 11 tables. Several people were waiting, so we put our name in and sat on the benches outside for 15 minutes. It was not warm enough to eat on the patio.
One thing not mentioned on the posts I saw is that the food here is massive. Had we known we would have ordered smaller items.
I had the chicken tostada ($8.95), which covered a large dinner plate. It is 2 tortillas layered with black beans and cheese on both. On top is shredded chix, which was large chunks dry and unseasoned, and a pile of baby greens, shredded cabbage, and radish with a big blob of sour cream on the side. The heavy load of beans makes the tortillas soggy, which sort of ruins it for me.
Two tacos ($6.95) also covered the plate. They were on soft corn tortillas with the same assortment of greens on top. The carnitas was finely shredded and fried, so it had a crisp and frizzy texture, just ok. The grilled fish was very nice, I thought, but she who ordered would have liked it better without the heavy seasoning. One taco would have been enough to eat.
They have a kids menu with several options and ours had the taquito with rice and beans ($2.50) and this was pretty big too.
I think we missed the boat by not ordering one of the specialty fish of the day. There were 4: big scallops, rock shrimp, wild king salmon and Calif. halibut. You can get a taco ($9), tostada ($18), or buritto ($18). Or you can get all the fish of the day in a Cippino ($20). There are sides of these available too ($7), as well as crabcakes ($3.50) and mango salsa (.75)
I was just a little taken aback at the $9, but from what I saw, the fish taco is a nice portion. That might satisfy me better than plateload, where the carnitas and chicken were not as good as what you typically get at a decent taqueria.
There is a nice selection of local wines by the glass and the split, and tap beers include the new Firestone.
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