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Cheap Eats: Xolo Taqueria

Cheap authentic Mexican cuisine.


Erich V. // Yelp.com

The decor at Xolo shows an obvious familiarity, and fondness, for Mexican culture: a mix of Catholic art, colorful photos of street food, and retro-cool posters featuring bullfighters and luchadores (Mexican wrestlers). The food shows the same respect for authentic Mexican cuisine. The rotating kebab of marinated pork for the al pastor looks about the same as you’d find in Mexico City, and the weekend special of birria, braised goat in a rich chili broth ($8.95), is a dish difficult to find north of the border.

 And yet the menu is a little more playful than your typical taqueria. It includes items like the aptly named danger dog, a bacon-wrapped hot dog homage to the indigestion-inducing late-night street food favorite from Mexico and San Francisco’s Mission district ($6.50); the hongas, a delicious vegetarian taco option with sautéed crimini mushrooms, cheese, and tomatillo salsa (all tacos are $2.75); and a surf ’n’ turf burrito filled with both carne asada and shrimp ($8.95).

The Pedigree: The folks behind this new Uptown Oakland spot also own hipster-favorites Doña Tomás, Tacubaya, and Flora restaurant, located just a couple doors down.

Foodie Cred: Xolo is committed to using local, organic, and sustainably sourced meats, seafood, dairy, and produce. And yes, Blue Bottle coffee is on the menu.

Hip Sips: Beverage options include a range of Mexican beers, aguas frescas, Mexican Coke (using cane sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup), and spicy Mexican hot chocolate.

Taco expanded: Xolo plans to open an adjoining dining room in a month or so to expand the limited seating currently available.

Xolo Taqueria, 1916 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 986-0151, xolotaqueria.com. Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat.

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