Going to this restaurant was extremly special and brought back a lot of memories. I had never been there before so let me explain. My husband and I moved from Santa Barbara a few months ago and for our first date, celebrations, and our dinner before the wedding fro the wedding party we went there. The restaurant in Santa Barbara is named Carlitos and we had many many wonderful memories there, not to mention the best Mexican food I have ever had (and mexican food is my favorite so I've been to a lot of places). I didn't think I would ever find another place like that moving to Sacramento. Santa Barbara is known for their beaches of course, and State Street, but also for their restaurants. Living in Elk Grove, I have to branch out to find real restaurants because this town is made up of chains. Thank you Ernesto's for being our new place for many memories to come. I had fish tacos (the Mexican street tacos) and they were amazing. My husband has gotten the carnitas before and said they were wonderful, however the enchiladas I will past on in the future. Oh yea, and their salsa is so fresh and my husband and I ate the whole bowl they offered to us. I hope to try their quac in the future!
I wasn't planning to buy lunch but a homeless, hungry, diabetic man asked for some food and not cash. I went to El Faro across the way and spoke to the owner Hugo about the situation and asked him to pay for half the meal for the hungry guy and I would pay for half and by myself a meal for his kindness in helping out. Hugo said I did not need to buy myself a meal and he bought the guy some healthy food that would not hinder blood sugar issues. I went ahead and bought myself a burrito as a good will/thank you gesture which was out of this world. Excellent seasoning, tender chicken, great proportions. I will now be a regular supporter b/c of the owner's good deed and b/c the food and service are excellent. Please show your support for El Faro and Hugo, we need more like this to help out those who for whatever reason have lost their way!
Xochimilco is that hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant you hope to find. When we lived nearby, my daughter and I made it "our" restaurant... always sat in the same place, ordered the same thing, new the staff by name. Twice now I have meet people who wanted to show me their favorite restaurant that "nobody knows about," and both times it turned out to be this place! Super grubbin' food, giant portions, and delicious! I recommend the steak rancheros. Spoon some of it into the homemade tortillas and learn what heaven tastes like. The only downside is the parking lot and less than great intersection/neighborhood. The owners also travel to farmers' markets and set up a booth with a limited menu. It isn't nearly as good as the brick and mortar location, but it's still ok.