Santa Rosa’s Mexican food scene is stronger than ever in Sonoma County, new Mexican restaurants are emerging as other joints stay strong with old-time recipes.
Known lately for chef Guy Fieri’s recent visit and the showcase of this place on his TV series Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Taquería Molcajetes has gained maximum popularity in west Santa Rosa. The dish featured on the show is the molcajete, served in an old-fashioned stone bowl used for grinding ingredients in ancient Mexico.
The tacos at Tacos al Carbón don’t disappoint. The magic behind the delicacy lays in its preparation and sauce seasoning. The place preserves a street-like quality with a plus of being in an indoor restaurant.
Talking about Guy Fieri, the chef and TV star is a regular at La Texanita, according to what the owners have told us and in 2009 he visited the place for his Food Network show. Joaquin Torres, the kitchen chief said Fieri would give him a call and sneak up at night whenever they’re closed. Good traditional dishes Jalisco style, like birria, menudo and pozole.
This was the second best Mexican food restaurant in The Press Democrat’s ‘Sonoma County Best Food and Drink 2018.’ The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Chelino’s comfy red vinyl diner booths invite you to sit down to a large platter of Carnitas with beans and rice or spicy saucy chilaquiles.”
This kitchen masters a menu of more than 60 entrées, ranging from juicy steak alambre topped with chorizo, crisp bacon, vegetables and molten jack cheese, to mojarra a la diabla, a whole, crispy fried tilapia smothered in onions, bell peppers, tomato, mushrooms and a fiery chile sauce.
More than tacos, this place on Sebastopol Road offers a full menu with Mexican classics: chile verde, carne asada, chile relleno, enchiladas, fajitas…
Healthy and nutritious Mexican food, that’s what Los Arcos is all about. Their website says: “We only use free range chicken, canola oil and provide earth-friendly to-go boxes.” Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your way to Safeway on the intersection of Guerneville Road and Marlow Road.
Seafood as served in coastal states of Mexico, Jalisco and Sinaloa. Here you get ceviche or aguachile, a citricy and spicy salad made with fish and shrimp.
Pepe’s, a burrito landmark since 1986 that moved some years ago to much larger digs on the popular Mexican food street, Sebastopol Road.
Family owned and operated, Los Tres Chiles also has a kids menu for a full clan gathering.
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