El Jalapeño Rojo taqueria at 400 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95110
You know when a taco just hits the spot? Yeah, that’s what these tacos do. This place has a small outdoor seating area and a drive through that never stops as cars seems to always be here. And the tacos are delicious.
Earlier on in the making of this blog, my oldest child and I were out on scooters looking at murals when we stopped here. The oldest said this was their new favorite taqueria. We’ve gone back a few times and I have always enjoyed my food.
The flavor is excellent. The juiciness of the ingredients and toastiness of the tortilla are perfect so that the tacos are not falling apart or doughy. The salsa on the tacos is full of flavor. There was nothing not to love about these.
On this day, four of us including two children and two adults sampled veggie tacos, asada and cheese tacos, and carnitas tacos. The comments recorded included:
– Loaded, lots of lettuce, big chunks of tomato, rice beans & cheese. Good salsa. – Pretty good – These tacos hit the spot! So good and exactly what I wanted right now. The tacos were well seasoned, perfectly balanced in meat and toppings, just so good. The green and the red salsa sauce are both delicious. Good flavor. Outdoor seating is nicely shaded with flowers around. A constant stream of cars come by through the drive through. I look forward to coming back. Yum! -I liked my horchata
Metro Balderas Taqueria at 300 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95110
In our ongoing effort to try all the tacos in San Jose, we went as a family to Metro Balderas on Willow Street. The youngest and I have been there before and enjoyed our burritos. A while back we had had a great day walking around the area, looking at art, visiting the library, eating lunch, and hanging out, just the two of us. So on this day, we decided to share the place with the family for the great taco challenge. There were four of us, two adults and two younger ones. Tacos tasted included veggie, asada, and al pastor.
Comments in our rating document included: -The tacos were good. I am sure I will come back again. The salsa at the table was very spicy hot and also a good flavor. I like the outside seating and overall feel of this place. -They messed up my order. (side note- the blog author deserves some credit for the mistake on the order) -The location was lovely, outdoor seating area, breezy, good music. The red salsa was hot and good. Tacos were plain, simple, not too much flavor. I added lime and salsa. There was lots of lettuce, some diced tomatoes. -I was hungry. LoL
Our recorded scores showed that the tacos were good though no one was overly impressed on this particular day. Our previous experience has been more impressive. So, I know I will be going back and trying out more items as I know there is more to enjoy here.
This giant Babe has been greeting people on The Alameda in San Jose since before I was born and I can remember him offering his muffler services in all his giantness since I was a child. He’s held up pretty well. This photo looks like a forced perspective visual illusion. I assure you, however, Babe is just huge and the man walking with a dog is perfectly normal and probably not named Gulliver.