So I’ve never been happy with Pancho Villa Taqueria in San Mateo. No offense to them, but it’s always been a slightly subpar, unsatisfying experience. It’s okay, but nothing to write home about. And there are plenty of other Mexican joints in the area, but they’re mostly sitdown places that leave you feeling…bleh. I was looking for a good authentic taqueria around here. One that wouldn’t make me feel like I’d eaten a brick afterwards and tasted fresh and homemade.
Enter Los Moreno in San Mateo. It hasn’t been around that long, but I hope and pray it will stay forever. I’ve eaten here twice in the last week, so that should tell you something.
My hubby and I have had the shrimp tacos, nachos, beef, chicken, and cheese enchiladas, and the beef tacos. Yes, a lot of food for just two visits between the two of us, but we were hungry…both times.
The enchiladas are solidly good. Tastier than most than most we’ve had in this area of the Peninsula. So were the nachos. And the beef tacos were simply made, dressed only with cilantro, and wrapped in soft corn tortillas. It was super fresh, flavorful, and the carne asade was cooked to perfection. I loved ’em. Simply loved ’em.
But it was the shrimp taco that sealed the deal. It was one of the best tacos I’ve ever had. It tasted like all the flavors of the grill were sucked up by the shrimp. They were tender and flavorful, and they didn’t skimp on the portions either. And it was dressed with grilled onions and mushrooms. Just delicious. I want one now, just thinking about it.
I hear that their burritos and numerous other homemade items on the menu are simple yet delicious as well. I can’t wait to try more. And to make things even better, their beans and rice are pretty damn tasty too.
The owners are also super friendly, which makes me feel even better patronizing them. I feel like my search for an authentic Mexican taqueria is over.
Los Moreno Taqueria – 37 W. 43rd Ave, San Mateo – www.losmorenotaquerias.com