Taqueria Los Charros: Fresh Is The Name of The Game

854 W. Dana St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 969-1464

It’s been a real long time since I’ve been to any Mexican restaurant that has really fresh ingredients.  The focal point of Mexican cuisine really has to be the freshness.  This, to me, is what separates different Mexican establishments.  The typical burrito, taco, enchilada, etc is pretty much all made the same way. How fresh their avocado, tomato, cilantro, etc is how you can differentiate what type of quality the food is.

I”m happy to say that Julie and I had a blast here at Taqueria Los Charros.  Julie randomly came upon this joint on yelp and the reviews seemed good, so we decided to make the trek down to Mountain View and I’m glad it was worth the trip.

We ordered the carnitas burrito, carne asada taco, and al pastor quesadilla.  The al pastor quesadilla was good, but I think a little on the oily side.  You can tell from the photos since the oil is basically dripping out of the quesadilla.  It comes with sour cream, lettuce, cheese, and guacamole in it.  The guacamole is fairly simple here with just the seasonings + salt and pepper.  I would say skip it if you aren’t craving it because it is a little on the mushy side, but it’s still good.

The taco I say just avoid altogether.  It’s piled HIGH with just pure lettuce with some guacamole, sour cream, and carne asada at the bottom.  It was a mess trying to eat the taco and holding it in your hand is basically impossible because the two tiny size corn tortillas at the bottom isn’t nearly tough enough to hold all the stuff on top.  You basically have to remove about 5/6 of the ingredients to even fold the taco, and when you can finally take a bite of the taco as how it’s meant to be eaten, it’s just not that great.  The meat was well seasoned and very tender, but the rest of the experience can’t be forgiven with how much lettuce was piled on top.  I thought they gave me a salad by mistake.

However, all is not lost because Taqueria has one thing going for it, and it’s their meats.  The meat here is well seasoned and well cooked.  The carnitas in the carnitas burrito was perfect.  You can taste the charbroiled flavor of the pork and it really comes through in the burrito, a rarity for a Mexican establishment to have such high quality meat.  As for the rest of the burrito, it was fairly good, but I felt they could give more avocado and sour cream.  The burrito consisted of the carnitas, avocado, sour cream, rice, and whole pinto beans.

If you were to come here, I highly suggest the burritos and stay away from the other two offerings we tried.  Architecturally, it wasn’t well made, but the meats alone saved this place and made it stand out.  If you want to know what fresh Mexican meats really taste like, come here because you won’t regret it.

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~ by thankgoditsfood on April 25, 2010.

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