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I am looking for a taco truck or an affordable catering
service to provide an assortment of tacos for a rehearsal
dinner in Berkeley. Any recommendations? anon
Try El Taco Bike! I know he does catering and such, all on
his bike. www.eltacobike.com Yea tacos!
We had our wedding rehearsal dinner catered by Picante
(restaurant in Berkeley), and they did a wonderful job.
We kept the cost manageable by providing (through Mi Pueblo)
our own queso fresco, salsas, and other taco 'accessories.'
We also provided our own plates, napkins, cups, etc. We did
splurge a little and have someone on site making the
tortillas fresh, and it was 100% worth it. Good luck!
We have used La Pinata (510-540-7773 www.lapinata.com)
before and loved it. They set up a cooking station and
bring everything there. They make each taco & burrito to
order. Good luck! Kendra
Sinaloa makes fantastic tacos and their rates are posted
right on the side of their truck at International and 22nd
Avenue in Oakland! Lisa R
Now you have me thinking of my favorite taco truck which btw
does cater. It's the Sinaloa truck on the corner of
International blvd and 22nd Ave. There are two related
trucks on this same corner, but one does seafood as well.
For a young man's graduation party in June, some friends are
looking for a taco truck with great food that serves the
East Bay. Any recommendations? Dana
Try Alicia at http://www.yelp.com/biz/d-alicias-taqueria-oakland
She has a truck next to Michael's in Emeryville and a
taqueria, too. She did my birthday party last year and it
worked out just great. no hombre
We're having a big mexican fiesta and are going over the top
in the 'cheesy' factor. We'd love to hire a local Oakland
taco truck to park in front of the house for a few hours to
feed our guests. Does anyone have any experience with this
or recommendations? Many thanks!! Susan
My husband went to a party with a taco truck a year ago and
loved the food so much he kept their business card. The
company is El Ojo de Agua, 10401 International Blvd,
Oakland, phone: 510/978-2698. Jenny
We have hired Abel Lopez twice for parties, after attending
another that he catered. Great guy, great food, wonderful
experience! Abel Lopez, El Paisa Taco Truck, 2900
International Blvd., Oakland. (510) 384-5465. Debbie
We just moved to the East Bay and are still hopelessly navigating our
way around local take-out options in the Grand/Lake, downtown Oakland
and Piedmont Ave areas. In SF we loved Papalote and we miss it (and its
great fish and prawn burritos) :(
But I know East Bay-ers can recommend Mexican take-out spots just as
good if not better! I commute from SF so will go anywhere on the way to
the Grand Ave area once off the Bay Bridge for a good burrito. What are
the best places to head over to?
Las Comales on MacArthur near Fruitvale.
My favorite for mexican food is Baja Taqueria on piedmont ave, across
from 41st st. Their food tastes very authentic to me, having spent
some time in central mexico. They are also very environmentally
responsible. Whole foods actually makes good burritos too (I don't
think fish is an option there though). - There is one in oakland
near grand ave.
I really like Baja on Piedmont Ave at 41st. It has great fish tacos.
i really like connie's on grand, up from the theater (same side)
not familiar with your fav spot in sf, but connie's is great plus she
(connie) is super nice and will notice if you haven't been there
before and say hello to you and welcome you, which is lovely.
love mexican food!
I have lived in SF mission district and now live in grand lake area
and my favorite taqueria of all is Los Cantaros on grand ave by
children's fairyland. I am a vegetarian, but everyone I have brought
there (we go weekly) has loved the meat items too. Their Aquas
Frescas are really something too.
so we;re going to do a mexican xmas potluck ..there's 25 of us and so it's
always buffet style .. none of us care for the turkey thing and so we
always mix it up. this year we thought it's be fun to try and stick to a
theme albeit loosely but it's hard and I'm charged with co-ordinating it
all- the older sister syndrome-
So where in the east bay can i send my family to pick up some great
tamales, and other mexican delicacies?
We love to eat Mexican at La Borinquena Mex-icatession located at
582 7th street. Their number is 510-444-9954. They are located
in Oakland near the Oakland police department. They have a
cafeteria style set up where you can call and/or pick up tamalas
and everything else in one visit. Carolyn
oh my goodness, go get chicken enchiladas (they can make you takeout platters) at portumex in richmond. not the best part of town, but well worth the drive. authentic and muy deliciosa!
Maybe too far for you, but New Mecca in Martinez.
We used Cancun Taqueria (Allston St, I believe) for catering my husband's 40th birthday party. We had about 30 people. The food was EXCELLENT. There was a bit of a mix-up on a part of the order, but they bent over backwards to correct it. I would use them again.
try Pepitos in Richmond on 23rd. They have great tamales and other goodies
You must try La Boranquena Mexicatessan in Oakland. I think they are on 7th (right near where Mexicali Rose is) in downtown. Amazing food, great tamales, low prices and they specialize in takeout/catering. Enjoy!
I am looking for a yummy sit-down mexican restaurant with good
food and margaritas a reasonable distance from North
Oakland/Berkeley. I have places I go for great burritos and
tacos but I am looking for more of a dining experience than a
taqueria. What places do you like? I am open to suggestions in
the East Bay and SF. Gracias!
Try Dona Tomas on Telegraph (near 51st) in Oakland.
You'll get this over and over, but Dona Tomas has generally
excellent, authentic Mexican food. It's an upscale restaurant
with upscale food - definitely not a taco shop. I don't know
the exact address but its on Telegraph just off of 51st in
Have you tried Dona Tomas on Telegraph Ave in Oakland? It's not cheap but it's
yummy, has great drinks , a festive feeling inside and out. It's sister site is on 4th
Street in Berkeley.It's called Tacubaya and is more of a cafe than a restaurant.
Everyone in my family finds something they love at either place.
I highly recommend Dona Tomas in North Oakland - Temescal. Great
food, drinks and atmosphere. Even an outdoor patio that's lovely
on warmer nights. Dona Tomas is Mexican, but definitely a step
above most burrito joints. According to their website, they
serve ''authentic regional and exotic food from all over Mexico''.
A must try. See www.donatomas.com for details. They're located
at Telegraph and 51st, across the street from Walgreen's.
Long-time Dona Tomas diner
I almost don't want to share my secret, although I know it's getting out
anyway, but THE BEST Mexican restaurant is El Huarache Azteca - it's
on E14th between 38th and 39th in Fruitvale. The food is real Mexican
food, Mexico City specifically, and really, really delicious -- even good
vegetarian food (try the corn fungus quesadillas!! Sounds wierd but
they're incredible). Interesting, perfectly spiced, great variety, and really
cheap! Don't know about the margaritas, but have had other alcoholic
and non-al drinks that are great -- on Sundays there is music...it's a great
atmosphere. It is all the way in Fruitvale but SO worth the trip!
my mouth is watering...
The best mexican restaurant with great margaritas is Tommy's
Mexican Restaurant on Geary and 24th in the city (not to be
confused w/ Tommy's Joint on Van Ness). A traditional family
rest. with 100% agave tequlia margos with fresh squeezed lime
juice. The carne asada is outstanding. They do not take
reservations and it can be quite crowded on the weekends, but I
never mind waiting with a cold margo in my hand! It's worth
the trip over the bridge. Many nights you'll find Tommy
serving tables, his son Julio pouring margo's, and his wife and
daughter hosting the front. We LOVE it there!
I am looking for a reliable, reasonably-priced caterer for a
corporate Cinco de Mayo celebration. I'd prefer someone close to
Hayward, where the event will take place. (San Leandro - Castro
Valley - Fremont) As this is a large corporate event I need to
know that their service will be completely reliable. Any
I just noticed that Cactus Taqueria (with locations on both
Solano and College) has a catering menu.
I am planning a party (for about 50 adults) and I'd like to have it
catered. Can anyone recommend a caterer who can provide Mexican food
(enchiladas, rice & beans, etc.)? The website has several recommendations
for caterers, but I'm looking for Mexican food in particular. Thanks in
We were just at Baja Fresh last night and noticed they do catering. It seemed at a glance their catering
menu was more extensive than their regular menu. They're on Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. you might also
want to try Picante on 6th street.
Try Cancun in Berkeley on Allston Way.
Portamex in San Pablo/Richmond is yummy. They catered a wedding of a friend once.
Have you called Picante, on 6th Street in Berkeley? I think they might cater, and
their food is marvelous. Yum yum.
You can try Pepito's Deli in Berkeley on San Pablo Ave, and Dwight. They have great enchiladas
and rice and beans. I know that they do catering. You can also try La Borinquena Mexican Deli in
Oakland. It is right across from the police department on Jefferson and 7th. They have the best
food homemade tamales, rice, beans the works. Good Luck!
Cancun Restaurant off Addison Street here in Berkeley is excellent. I coordinate monthly meetings for
a non-profit and they have done all our events this year. they do tradtional faire but in a tapas style
(appetizers) with an assortment of items (tacos, meat and veggie quesadillas, ceviche, tostadas, and
chimichagas). The price is reasonable usually about $5-$7 person and that includes sodas, chips, three
kinds of salsa and all the utensils and paper goods. The contact person there is Andrea and her direct
line is 510-549-0838. You will not be disappionted.
My husband works for an organization on campus and he is always using catering services for his meetings.
The best Mexican food that cater's that he has found is Cancun's Restaurant They have a great salsa bar
and their food is really good (we think). You should go and taste for your self. Their restaurant is on
Kittridge (I think), almost at the corner of Oxford. It is next door to the new apartment complex called Guia
apartments. Good luck!
Cancun Taqueria in Berkeley caters.
Cancun Taqueria in Berkeley or Mecca from Pittsburg both do excellent jobs in catering Mexican Food.
Try Juan's Place in berkeley. I once went to an affair
they catered--all the standard Mexican-American food, and
You should give Cactus Taqueria a call, especially if you're looking for enchiladas. Their mole verde with
ground pumpkin seeds is wonderful, as are their red mole and adobe sauce (the latter two are specials and
not always available). Plus, their prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the food (Niman-Schell
beef, no lard, etc.). I've never used them for catering, but know that they handle big orders.
Cactus is near the top of Solano, just west of the Alameda; their number is 528-1881. (There's a second
location on College, but I'm not familiar with it.)
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