Monday, July 27, 2009
The Location: Emma's Taco House. 1617 Sacramento Ave, West Sacramento, CA
The Taco: Carnita[sic] Tacos
The Price: 11.99 (with rice, beans, tortilla & soup or salad)
The Verdict: Any restaurant that has been in business since 1950 must be doing something right, and this little out-of-the-way spot on Sacramento Ave is a case in point. I got what was listed on the menu as the "Carnita Taco" plate which included two tacos, rice, beans, choice of soup or salad and an extra tortilla plus chips & salsa. Despite a warning that it would take about 15 minutes for a to-go order, they had it ready in less than 10. The tacos were stuffed with huge chunks of juicy and flavorful carnitas as well as lettuce, onions, cheese, and green salsa. Guacamole and pico de gallo were provided on the side.
My only complaint is that the best carnitas has a crunchy pan-seared outside, and this particular recipe did not, or at least I didn't get any chunks with the crunchy caramelized coating. But for that minor detail these would have scored an easy four-and-a-half. Overall, top-notch tacos, worth a repeat visit.
The Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)