Foodie Find: El Forastero Mexican Food
3025 Forni Road, Placerville, 530-621-1814, elforasteromexicanfood.com.
What could possibly be better than tacos? How about fresh, made-to-order tacos 24 hours a day, seven days a week? El Forastero, which has a few locations throughout the region, recently opened in El Dorado County with a 24/7 drive-through. Sited in the former home of Schlotzky’s, they serve breakfast all day, plus a bevy of burritos, nachos, chimichangas, tostados, tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. It’s their $11-and-under combination plates that give you the most bang for your buck, however. With 19 different options to choose from—all served with a heaping helping of rice and refried beans—it was not an easy task deciding on the Burrito & Taco combo. The crispy-shelled beef taco—filled with tender meat and a sprinkling of cheese—was sizable and had a terrific crunch. The flavors were so good, in fact, that it only needed a dash of their house-made hot sauce. My burrito was equally satisfying, thanks to the stewed, shredded chicken that was juicy and had a heavenly amount of heat. With such large portions, I was only able to try a few bites before I had to wave the white flag and, happily, wrap the rest up for lunch the following day.