San Leandro Restaurants
Taquería Guadalajara is located in what I like to refer to as the "Guadalajara mini-mall" on East 14th Street in San Leandro. The little strip mall also includes Guadalajara Western Wear and Cell Phones, Guadalajara bakery and ice cream shop and Guadalajara meat market & bakery. There are also several other Latin stores that have not yet been taken over by the enterprising Guadalajarans.
The taquería, which serves a standard taquería menu of tacos, burritos, sandwiches and sopes, is very popular with the Mexican crowd. This may have more to do with the cheaper-than-average prices than with the quality of the food, though, which we found wanting.
I ordered a carnitas sandwich ($3.50) which was a big disappointment. The large chunks of carnitas were very tough and had to be shredded before they could be eaten (so I couldn't actually eat the sandwich as such). They had been also seriously over-salted and tasted of nothing but salt. The sandwich comes with lettuce, tomato, sliced jalapenos and onions; the ketchup and mustard were too generously applied for my taste. Still, for $3.50 you do get a substantial sandwich.
I was in the mood for guacamole and unfortunately the smallest side order was eight ounces ($4.25). The guacamole was light green and very smooth and creamy; any avocado there had probably been mixed with a much larger portion of sour cream. It tasted of nothing but lime juice; indeed, it would have been more appropriately called a "lime dip." It was refreshing but I had wanted avocado.
Mike was luckier with his carnitas super burrito ($4.25). It was large and it tasted fine, though he felt the quality of the meat was low. He likes the burritos at Los Pericos much better.
In all, with the superior Pedro's and Los Pericos relatively close by, there is no reason other than saving a buck or two to eat at Guadalajara.
14327A East 14th St.
San Leandro, CA