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The Dominguez family opened this upscale Mexican eatery in Old Oakland in the fall of 2005, and it’s been packed ever since. The restaurant specializes in antojitos (pronounced ahn-tow-HEE-toes)—small, powerfully flavorful snacks meant to satisfy cravings (the verb antojar means to crave). Don’t miss the crispy, golden tacos de camarón—filled with plump prawns, roasted chilies, and cool shreds of lettuce—or the mulitas, two supple corn tortillas stuffed with pink, juicy Niman Ranch steak, guacamole, and salsa fresca. The menu includes chiles toreados, an impressive array of grilled chilies, including a lone, tear-inducingly hot habanero that will satisfy even the hard-core heat lover. Luckily, cooling house-made sangria and aguas frescas are on hand, and you can finish your meal with the soothing, silky coconut flan. Tamorindo’s new tequila bar, Miel, recently opened next door. Lunch Mon.–Sat., dinner Mon.–Sat., brunch Sat.
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