This has nothing to do with game design, true enough. However, John and I are often asked about our favorite Mexican restaurants in the Bay area. I wanted a link I could point to. Finding a good Mexican restaurant can be challenging, even with Yelp. Reviewers more accustomed to Americanized Mexican food often rate the real good stuff lower while things like Chipotle rate 5 stars.
- Spanishtown – Half Moon Bay. Small, warm restaurant with friendly service. Great mild salsa.
- Murillos – Vacaville. Traditional Mexican food in a Sonoran style. Worth the drive. Warm salsa is amazing.
- Los Charros Restaurant – Mountain View. Don’t confuse this with the Taqueria by the same name in the city. Mariachi Perla plays on Friday nights. Friendly service, good food, and a fun crowd of people.
- La Palma Mexicatessen – SF, Mission. Super traditional Mexican market with big sweet corn tamales. Everything’s good here, including the horchata.
- Nopalito – SF. High-end Mexican with a modern twist. Great food. Love the fresh tortillas with red sauce. Get the horchata! Amazing. They don’t take reservations, so call about 1 hour ahead of your arrival to get on waiting list.
- La Hacienda Market – San Mateo. In the back of the immaculate grocery store (really, go look – it’s surreal) is a great little deli that serves up fresh and good Mexican food. We get most of our groceries from this place when we’re cooking Mexican at home.
- Pancho Villa – San Mateo. Orange salsa. Get it. It doesn’t matter what else you get.
- Antojitos Mexicanos – Westley. Usually full, but you’ll get a table quickly and wonder why the people are going into the Subway next door. Great chiles rellenos, homemade tortillas and Carne Asada.
- Tacos Peralta – San Mateo. Taco truck across from BevMo just off Hillsdale (near Whole Foods).
- Tu Mero Mole – Sunnyvale. Great food and friendly service. Things are super fresh here.
- Reposado – Palo Alto. High-end Mexican. Great restaurant that would be perfect if it had horchata.
- Vive Sol – Mountain View. Make a reservation. Great food. Good salsas.
- Dona Maria – San Jose. The horchata here is amazing. The tortilla chips are fresh and thick. Service is wonderfully friendly.
Other favorite Mexican Places:
- Mi Nidito – Tucson, AZ. Our favorite Mexican food in the USA. It opens at 11am, and by 11:10, there is a 35-minute wait. Clearly, we’re not alone in our love for this place.
- Karichimaka – Tucson, AZ. The cheese crisp (a Tucson invention) and sweet corn tamales are the best.
- Rincon Norténo – Indio, CA. Our second favorite Mexican restaurant in the USA. Salsa is unlike anything you’ve ever had.
- El Abajeño – Los Angeles, CA. Amazing chili colorado.