Where is the Best Mexican Food in Oakland, California?

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Where is the Best Mexican Food in Oakland, California?

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The food is great, the crowds are bearable – grab a mismatched barstool at the bar. This is the epitomy of downhome Mexican food. Best you’ll find north of San Diego.Pros + food, service, atmosphereCons – crowds

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When you are feeling like having a burrito but you are tired of the american imitation of the Bell chain, Taqueria San Jose is the place to …

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Their tacos are the closest thing to the street tacos in Mexico, and they’re only $1.50. Their tacos are simple, small corn tortillia, meat, onions, cilantro and salsa. That is what makes a real mexican street taco. The Americanized version has cheese, lettuce rice and pico de gallo (salsa.) If you want to try an authentic taco, come here and try their Al Pastor (BBQ pork and pineapple) tacos. It is the flavoring in the meat that makes the biggest difference in tacos. Once you’ve had this type of taco, you will never go back to burritos and American tacos. Did I mention, its only $1.50 per taco.Pros + Meat Flavoring, $1.50 per taco, Fast Service

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Now that I have the haters on me, Picante is a LARGE, cavernous place. It’s a great place for people with kids who desparately need to go someplace where they won’t get frowned on, and can meet others’ with kids. So that’s good for them; but not so much for the rest of us. The food used to be better, but it’s still very, very good. Housemade tortilla’s are fantastic no matter what you order with them. Their quesadilla’s are pathetically small; I think they’re made only for the kids. Tortilla soup, ceviche, carne asada, tortas, chile rellenos are all excellent. I hate this place when it’s mad crowded; it seems that parents don’t care that their kids scream and throw food all over the place, but otherwise, it’s a great place to go. And you can linger for a long, long time and no one will bother you. Oh, and the hot chocolate and coffee are to die for. But honestly, beware, peak times make this place unbearably loud and crowded, and the rugrats make it impossible for those us who’ve passe

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