Taco plates – Crazy Coyote Tacos

Taco plates - Crazy Coyote Tacos
1 fish taco, 1 steak taco, rice, refried beans, and canned beverage. $8
Crazy Coyote Tacos, Banning CA

Mmm, I love the tacos at Crazy Coyote! The fish taco is still my favorite, but it’s really about that thick corn tortilla. Noms!

Taco plates - Crazy Coyote Tacos
1 steak taco, 1 chicken taco, rice, refried beans, and canned beverage. $8

Teddy Bear chollas
Teddy Bear chollas (Cylindropuntia bigelovii, Cactaceae), Joshua Tree National Park.

Crispy pork street tacos – Velvet Cantina

Crispy pork street tacos - Velvet Cantina
Cilantro chimichurri, tomato tomatillo salsa served on soft corn tortillas with pickled cabbage. $4
Velvet Cantina, San Francisco CA

For a small bite, this street taco definitely packed a punch. It had lots of flavor and the chunks of carnitas were tender and delicious, noms!

Colorful cactus mural

Colorful cactus mural, Potrero Hill.

White tortilla soup – Velvet Cantina

White tortilla soup - Velvet Cantina
Mildly spicy chicken jalapeno broth, shredded chicken, tortilla strips, sour cream empanada. $6.99
Velvet Cantina, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was delicious and I loved the fun sour cream empanada floating on top. That’s a new one for me! The soup had a lot flavor – it could have been spicier for me but that’s a minor complaint.

Velvet Cantina mural
Mexican themed mural outside the restaurant.

Tacos al pastor – La Carta de Oaxaca

Tacos al pastor - La Carta de Oaxaca
Barbecued pork in homemade tortillas with cilantro, onion and hot sauce. $6
La Carta de Oaxaca, Seattle WA

Hmm, again, this tasted good but I wasn’t totally impressed. Perhaps I’m just spoiled from living near the Mission in San Francisco where I can get authentic, delicious tacos any time and for less money.

Raspberry canes
Raspberry canes, Port Orchard.

Mole negro oaxoqueno – La Carta de Oaxaca

Mole negro oaxoqueno - La Carta de Oaxaca
The house specialty. Black mole with chicken, served with white rice and tortillas. $11
La Carta de Oaxaca, Seattle WA

Omg, this was the smallest portion of chicken I have ever received at a restaurant. It was a small chicken thigh with the bone in so you even couldn’t count the volume of the bone! What a joke – this was more a snack than a proper lunch. While the mole was tasty and there was a lot of it on the plate, there was very little protein to enjoy it with. When I have money to throw away, I may return to dine here…

Dilapidated barn
Dilapidated barn, Port Orchard.

Fish tacos – El Chupacabra

Fish tacos - El Chupacabra
Beer battered cod, cabbage, white sauce and pico. 3 on soft white corn tortillas served with tortilla chips and limes. $6.99
El Chupacabra, Seattle WA

These tacos were a little sad, so that’s why I’m glad they were only $6.99. The fried fish didn’t taste so fresh and the corn tortillas were cold and limp. The white sauce wasn’t even white! As elusive as a chupacabra, so was the pressence of a decent fish taco!

Salsas - El Chupacabra

Different salsas at the table (you’ll need them!).

Paper lanterns
Paper lanterns above the bar.

Chorizo burrito – Purple Palm Restaurant

Chorizo burrito - Purple Palm Restaurant
Flour tortilla, salsa verde, manchego, potato, scrambled eggs. $15
Purple Palm Restaurant, Palm Springs CA

This was not worth fifteen bucks! The scrambled egg filling with chorizo tasted fine, but it took SO long to get this to our table that it was cold and unappetizing when it arrived. The salsa verde sauce on the bottom of the plate was gross and congealed and would attach in chunks to the bottom of the breakfast burrito. Ew!