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Tacubaya - 4th Street Berkeley

Celery | Aug 8, 200308:54 PM

This is the new taqueria from the folks at Dona Tomas, located next to the Pasta Shop on 4th Street. It's only open breakfast and lunch -- 8-11 for bfast and 11-3 for lunch.

Overall, if you're used to Fruitvale food (or even Mission tacos), it doesn't compare at all taste-wise. And prices are even more expensive than Picante - not a whole lot, but for example Picante offers 3 tacos and beans for about $6, Tacubaya, one taco for $3!

Its food is along the lines of Picante with Niman meats and they're obviously shooting for the upscale crowd (which fits in well with 4th Street).

I'd say it's a nice addition to 4th Street for a quick bite, but I won't be making special trips just to eat there.

Feeling flush today we ordered a few things:

veggie torta - didn't have much flavor and there's no salsa available unless you order it with chips. They did have some bottles of hot sauce out.

Al pastor taco ($2.95 for one!) was just ok - but had me longing for even the "just ok" version we'd had at Mariscos in Fruitvale.

Quesadilla order was 2 corn tortillas with goat cheese, mushrooms, epazote - the best flavors of anything we had, but yep, could do this at home for cheaper -and again, could have used some salsa.

Guac and chips - guac was good, fresh and had a bit of a bite to it, chips were thick and salty and good - and served in this cute wooden bowl, but at $5.25?

Agua frescas seemed too sweet to me - strawberry and horchata (which was really really cinnamony)

Looks like they'll have some prepared foods at some point, there's a cooler case near the registers. They do have Mexican coca-cola and lots of those Mexican sodas. And lots of cookbooks for sale.

It'll probably do well with the 4th Street crowd.

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