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First Bite: Taco-licious

A Martinez taqueria adds more Mexican delicacies to its menu.


Taco Daddy's

The family-owned Taco Daddy’s is nearing its first year in business and has expanded its menu beyond tacos. Now, the Mexican eatery serves up tortas, salads, burritos, and bowls alongside its signature offerings—all crafted with house-made ingredients.

The cozy space is laid-back and simple, with minimal decor and a fast-casual set-up. While there’s limited seating at small tables inside, the best dining spot is out on the patio, where diners can sink into comfy, colorful chair cushions and watch passersby stroll down Martinez’s charming Main Street.

We loved the side of thick, pan-seared polenta cakes, smothered in roasted tomato salsa, sprinkled with queso fresco, and garnished with vibrant cilantro. The Pig Daddy taco—featuring carnitas, bacon, chorizo, cheese sauce, and caramelized onions—was an indulgent and satisfying dish. But the pollo asado and al pastor street tacos were underwhelming, lacking the acidic bite and spicy kick of a quintessential taco.

The decadent Daddy Totchos (tater tots topped with carnitas, bacon, chorizo, shredded cheese, cheese sauce, salsa, caramelized onions, and cilantro), house-made horchata, and aguas frescas round out the offerings.

915 Main St., Martinez, (925) 387-0350, tacodaddys.com. Lunch daily.

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