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Taqueria Monte Cristo, Berkeley

David Boyk | Jun 22, 2004 12:25 PM

I dumbly ignored this place for quite a long time because of my prejudice against taquerias that don't have soccer posters on the walls. Altogether, it seems too chi-chi, but it turns out to be one of the best taco joints in Berkeley (not that there's too much competition, except from Mi Tierra and La Casa Latina). Everything my friends and I have had there in the two times we've been has been good (although the burrito-eaters have gotten a little bored towards the end, because the burritos are too heavy on the rice and beans). The horchata, especially, is good and thick and ricey. But the thing that really makes a trip worthwhile is the carnitas. They're strongly porky, and pretty tender, and in a taco, their frayed edges get a fantastic crispy stringiness. The quesadilla's almost as good a way to have the carnitas, because their flour tortillas are very flaky and tasty. The first time we went there, the chips were on the way to staleness, but the second time, they were good and fresh.

Taqueria Monte Cristo
1446 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 486-0321

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