El Festival. 8345 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento
The Taco: Taco plate - two tacos, rice and beans.
The Price: $5.99
The Verdict: Having found myself nearby, I acted on a recommendation from reader David and headed down Folsom Blvd. to check out El Festival. The restaurant was nearly empty when I walked in just before noon although the jukebox was going strong blaring out some spanish-language tunes.
I ordered the taco plate with two carnitas tacos. The food arrived quickly and was hot but not scalding - perfect. The carnitas was juicy and flavorful with just a hint of chewy pan-roasted crust. The toppings were minimal and traditional — salsa, onions and cilantro. There's not really much to say about these, they tasted good and were exactly as described on the menu. All taquerias should be so lucky! The sides of beans and rice were nothing remarkable (the rice was oddly neon), but they were a fine complement to the meal and certainly nothing to complain about.
Overall, my feelings about this restaurant can probably be summed up in a couple of sentences: I liked the taste of the food so much that by the time I finished my meal I wanted to go back and order some more items just to sample them. Unfortunately, by then there was a line out the door! Clearly I'm not the only one that thinks the food here is worth stopping for.
The Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)