Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Bravo Taqueria, Redwood City

Maybe it's because we're in the process of planning a trip to Los Cabos, but lately, I've been craving Mexican food. The past two nights, Jon has been kind enough to pick up dinner at our go-to taqueria, Bravo.

We've been frequenting this place for about a year now. When Jon and I moved into our house, on the recommendation of some friends who live in the surrounding area, this was the first eatery we visited. In our enthusiasm, we didn't notice until AFTER we ordered that Bravo does not accept credit cards. Cash and checks (who carries checks anymore?) only. Luckily, Jon scrounged around the car and found enough spare change to cover our bill. It was a rather embarassing way to start our relationship with what would become a regular place for us.

Bravo has been around for more than a decade, serving up healthy Mexican food -- based on the owner's family recipes. Everything is prepared fresh, after daily visits to the local produce stands. My favorite item on the menu is simple: the burrito, stuffed with marinated carne asada, rice, cheese, etc. While I stick with a plain tortilla, there are other choices (whole wheat, spinach, tomato). And I prefer my salsa hot; you'll recognize it as the one with the chili seeds visibly floating in it. If you like things a little more mild, try the salsa verde.

I also like the nachos -- again, with carne asada because the meat is so juicy and flavorful. My husband is a big fan of the fish burritos, which are made with grilled red snapper. The only thing we've had here that I can't whole-heartedly endorse is the ceviche.

You can wash your meal down with an aguas fresca or horchata; Dos Equis and Corona beers are also available. In the soft-drink department, you'll find both American and Mexican brands. For two bucks, you can complete your meal with a helping of homemade flan. Yum.

Bravo Taqueria
980 Woodside Road
Redwood City, CA
(650) 364-3511