Restaurant review – Taqueria Tlaquepaque in San Jose

 | March 19, 2009 1:36 pm

More coming soon about my trip, but for now just a quick post to let you know to check out Taqueria Tlaquepaque if you’re in the San Jose area.

This local restaurant is so popular they opened two more within a few miles of the first.  I split a plate of nachos with my friend Sonya.  I’m not sure what made them so great because they were so simple, but they were fantastic.  Everything in the restaurant is made from scratch so that probably has something to do with it.

Here’s the Yelp pages for the three locations.  1, 2, and 3.  There’s a lot of people are complaining about the service there, but I thought they were reasonably quick.  One warning, there’s no hostess there to greet you at the door.  To get in line for a table, put your name on the notebook by the door.  I can see how if you’re new to the restaurant you might miss that and end up waiting a lot longer than you should.

This post is making me hungry.  I think I’d better finish up here at the library and get nachos one last time before I leave town.

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8 Responses to “Restaurant review – Taqueria Tlaquepaque in San Jose”

Sonya wrote a comment on March 19, 2009

The naysayers just don’t understand Tlaquepaque. They’re extremely popular because they’re awesome. Yes, the wait staff can be impatient and service can be slow when busy/during a shift change. When there are 500 people behind you waiting to eat, and I’m one of them, frankly I’m glad if the waiter kicks you out after you violate the only-complete-parties-are-seated rule and then take 20 minutes to order. I’m hungry!

You don’t see one-star reviews complaining that NBC won’t cancel its lineup and play only your favorite shows. They’re too big to care about one lousy viewer. TQ is the same way – if you don’t like it, leave, they don’t need your business. If you can accept that you’re not the center of the universe in exchange for an orgasmic orgy of deliciousness in your mouth, by all means stop on by!

The fact that I am defensive about such a popular restaurant is a testament to its glory.

Also, all the problems with service & having to wait are easily solved by getting takeout. You can order takeout, get your food, and eat in the car all in the time it could take to wait for a table on a weekend.

Now I want more nachos too!

Ruthe wrote a comment on March 21, 2009

Thanks for the tip! I live in San Jose and I’ve never heard of or been to this place. I’ll make sure to check it out now though ;-).

Jessica wrote a comment on March 27, 2009

Update: I had the carnitas burrito. Also tasty, but if I went again I want the Nachos. I think the secret is in the chips themselves. Very, very tasty.

Ruthe – Excellent. Glad I could help spread the word. :) I intend to do some more restaurant reviews like this, though this will be the last of the San Jose ones.

Molly wrote a comment on April 28, 2009

Hey Jessica – How’s your current trip going? I check every morning, and have been sad by lack of tales of your adventures on the road!

Jessica wrote a comment on April 29, 2009

Yeah, I’ve been a very bad travel blogger this trip. Something will be coming soon. This trip is almost over, I’d better hurry up!

Jessica wrote a comment on May 1, 2009

By the way, happy belated birthday, Molly!

scott wrote a comment on May 20, 2009

I’ll be in San Jose soon. Thanks for the tip!

Jessica wrote a comment on May 21, 2009

Scott – Excellent. Let me know how you like it!

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