Tacos Sinaloa of International Boulevard fame opened a brick-and-mortar location on Telegraph Avenue (between Durant and Channing) this past weekend.
I spend a couple days a week on campus and was thrilled to hear about this potential game changer opening amidst a sea of mediocre eats on the southside.
I ducked in today around 11:30am and there was already a mix of students, campus workers, and Sinaloa truck loyalists chowing down or waiting for their orders to go. The place really got going when I left at noon. There are only counter seats, both along the wall and window in front and along the prep area/kitchen in the back.
Prices seem to match the recently increased prices for the same fare from the Oakland trucks--standard tacos were $2 with a 25 cent premium for things like camaron, pescado, lengua, suadero, and tripa. The menu is similar with perhaps an expanded vegetarian section (wise considering the student crowd).
I went for a shrimp ceviche tostada ($5) and a suadero taco ($2.25), which made for a filling meal. The ceviche was refreshing on this warm day, full of lime juice tang, a hit of fresh chile heat, accented with ripe tomato and crisp cucumber, and chock full of large, firm shrimp pieces. Two, thick and ripe avocado slices graced the top. The tostada itself was thick and crisp as it should be, holding the crisp until I was done.
The suadero was everything I hope for in a taco. The beef was fried crispy on the exterior and tender inside--the meat itself had great flavor. Sinaloa appears to use the same quality corn tortillas and gives you ample meat with each taco. A small wedge of lime, radish, and a roasted serrano came as garnish.
The food took some time to come out, but it's good to know someone is properly assembling my meal. This review is likely elevated due to the relative dearth of quality eats in the area and my general excitement about being located near good tacos :-) But I will be back, again and again.
2384 Telegraph Avenue