Looking for a quick lunch spot in Berkeley should be so easy, but on weekends we have a lot of trouble. Yesterday we decided to try Tacone, the new outlet of the healthy Mexican (think wraps) chain from SoCal. Well, the wrap we shared wasn't great (the Mambo: Cuban Marinated Filet Mignon, Sauteed Onions and Bell Peppers with Tacone Rice and Steak Sauce). It was waaaaay too sweet, and I'm even a sugar freak. I don't understand what kind of steak sauce tastes like 99% high fructose corn syrup. Anyway, the good part of the meal was the Sweet Potato Fries - I'd go back for these alone! One order is $2.50, or they come in a combo with a fountain drink and a wrap for around $9.50. They're actually yams (the orange ones), not sweet potatoes, but they're downright delicious. Fried, but relatively greaseless compared to your average fry. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - amazing texture. They were served with a kind of glutinous sweet and sour dipping sauce on the side, but you can also help yourself to various salad dressings and sauces to dip with. We chose the lime cilantro and the Thai peanut, and then alternated between all three sauces. The latter two were good (lime cilantro was like a chutney - no dairy; a little watery. Thai peanut had a hint of maybe chipotle and was very creamy with little peanut flavor).
I checked the website (linked below) and they're supposed to open in the summer in San Jose, but until then, you'll either have to get these sweet potato fries in downtown Berkeley (right by the BART station) or in Southern California.
2222 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704
510 665 5661