On the last leg of our recent trip heading home from Mt. Shasta City last Monday decided to stop for lunch in Woodland, just north of Sacramento.
The July issue of Sunset had a nice write-up about a new place called Tazzina Bistro that sounded worthwhile. I'd filed it away in the back of my brain earlier thinking we'd be going through on Tuesday. Lady PB, my brighter half, checked the article as we approached the turnoff and informed me they are closed on Monday.
Neither of us were excited about stopping at our usual travel places, e.g. The Virgin Sturgeon on Garden Hwy (on the river) in Sacto (BTW, whatever happened to the Jammin' Salmon just down the road?), or Garlic Bros. (also on the river) or Paris (too upscale for our attire) both 45 min. away in Stockton.
Having never really checked out Woodland figured we go on an adventure. Pretty bleak looking coming into town on N. East St. After 2-3 signal lights we arrived at Main St., from what I could gather there is an historic district to the right. What caught both our eyes was a little Mexican place diagonally to the left next to the Jack ITB (or some other chain). Half the town was waiting to make a left on Main so we cruised straight ahead, turned into the driveway feeding the JITB drive-up window and found a whole row of empty shady parking spots.
Walked in the door of Los Reyes Taqueria and met an old friend that lives in Sacto (and we'd just seen at our Nevada City gig the weekend of the 4th) leaving with a business associate. Since there were only two other people in the place we were a little skeptical and inquired about their meals. Our pal wasn't that impressed, but his companion said the chile verde was pretty good.
We decided to split a Chile Verde plate and order a couple of individual tacos, she the carnitas and me the cabeza. After ordering and paying, the very polite waitress came over and informed us there was no more verde, would we like the Colorado? Not boding well, but needing to get back on the road we said "sure".
The plate of Chile Colorado arrived with the usual rice and beans w/melted cheese, sides were tasty enough. We thought the portion of meat was on the skimpy side (for $6.50) but the sauce was this deep brick-red color, with a very interesting mixture of flavors, and for the third time on our trip another spice that we couldn't identify. The tacos were outstanding, two small fresh corn tortillas for each, piled with meat, plenty of cilantro, and with the addition of a few tsps of their salsa were a dripping juicy delight.
Total with a Negra Modelo came to around $12, IIRC. Only wish I'd have ordered a Lengua taco as well. Muy authentico.
Note, this place is a dive, but overhearing the conversation of the four people next to us that appeared to be in the medical profession, it seems that local hounds are on the scent. Woodland just may have some other hidden jewels, would love to hear about Tazzina Bistro.
Los Reyes Taqueria
1226 E. Main (at N. East St. next to Jack-in-the-Box)