Taqueria Tepa #2
05/31/2013 08:18AM, Published by Style, Categories: In Print
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Tucked away in a Cameron Park shopping center off of Palmer Drive is a delicious find:
a restaurant where the food is good and the cost, inexpensive. With the price of everything escalating, you don’t find this combination often. Having been to many taquerias, I was pleasantly surprised that my wife and I were actually seated and a menu was delivered—along with chips (very fresh) and two salsas (one mild and one medium-hot).
After pondering the selections, our order was taken by the waiter. Where service has diminished in today’s business world, to acquire it—especially when not expected—is rare, and something found here.
The restaurant itself is very clean and maintained. When an errant piece of paper was on the floor, the waiter immediately scooped it up. The old Mexican-style tables and chairs, along with the red tiled floors, added authenticity.
Taco Salad (front)
For dinner, I treated myself to steak fajitas and my wife had a taco salad with carne asada. Everything prepared is fresh and made-to-order. I know this because I asked for a minor variation in my entrée and it was exacted without any issues. The beans, rice and salad, which accompanied my meal, were fresh, flavorful and filling. The steak was tender and well seasoned, and the vegetables were cooked correctly—grilled with a little crunch. My wife’s salad was prepared with fresh mixed greens (not the usual green shreds from a bag), tender carne asada, refried beans, avocado, sour cream and Mexican cheese. Needless to say, the entrées were not the typical served at many if not most taqueria-style restaurants.
To find this quality of food and service so accommodating at such a kind-to-the-wallet price is a true discovery.
Taqueria Tepa #2, 3440 Palmer Drive, Suite 8B, Cameron Park, 530-672-1549.