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Taqueria La Bamba Open!!!

Cecelia | Feb 22, 2008 04:27 AM

During the rain storms of late December/early January I made the trek to Taqueria La Bamba (off Rengstorff exit on 101 on Old Middlefield in Mountain View) before starting my massive and hellish diet. I was stunned to see it closed and was forced to eat at La Costena, next door. www.chowhound.com/topics/477443. Fortunately, the shut down was a temporary thing and TLB is open!

I had never eaten there before and I was surprised to drive up and see a line of people snaking out the door. I usually take my time figuring out the order, but when I joined the horde a very nice lady came up to me almost immediately and asked what I wanted. I was so flustered. I wanted a burrito, but.... Carnitas? Carne or Polla Asada? Fillings? Yikes. I blurted out the pollo asada super which came with guac., crema, rice, beans and meat. Holee Molee.

But had I made a mistake? This joint also offers Salvadorean food and I loved my pupusas. A return trip is so in order.

I paid at the cashier ($5.10!!) and the burrito came up quickly despite the throng. There isn't much in the way of decor here, but I grabbed a seat at the counter facing the wall. This burrito was very good. The chicken was crispy on the outside but tender inside. And there was alot of it. The guac was a bit too creamy. I would have liked to have had a few chunks of good avocado. The rice -- I don't know what they put in it, but moist and flavorful. Beans, just ok, but not too many. I ordered spicy salsa and it wasn't off the hook hot. I'd have liked it with more bite.

There isn't a salsa bar, which is a bummer, but they have jalapenos, limes, and radishes for garnish that you can load on. I saw that you could order extra salsa on the side for .70, but that just seems wrong to me.

All in all, I'm not sure if I'm ecstatic or depressed that this taqueria is just a few miles down the road from where I work.


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