Rudy’s Can’t Fail

I’ve been anticipating this post for so long! J and I checked out the new Rudy’s (co-owned by Green Day’s Mike Dirnt) for its grand opening. M, C and T (gelato co-workers) all work there now, but unfortunately none had a lunch shift on this day.

RCFC is in a former adult bookstore, right next to the awesome Fox Theater where I've enjoyed many a concert. Uptown Oakland's getting all sorts of fancy nowadays with new bars and galleries. As expected, this is the new punk rock hangout spot.

Breakfast anytime and food served from 7-1am every day. excellent! J's French toast was grossly mushy so we asked them if they'd perhaps undercooked it, at the risk of being "those girls." The waiter was a dream and quickly returned with a new plate that was much improved.

My Tofu Ranchero (9) with scrambled tofu, tortillas, black beans and salsa wins the blue ribbon for "Ugliest Food." I requested it without cheese, which made them assume I was vegan so they didn't include the sour cream, either. False move. I love sour cream. Failure to follow orders, or simply over-attentive? Oh well it doesn't matter because they were so awesome about the French toast. But yeah, they can basically make anything vegan if that's your jam. (Also, they have nice jam on all the tables.)

For such a saucy dish, my plate was surprisingly bland. I craved an extra component of fat or spice, as well as some toast to mop up all the salsa verde. But thankfully J and I got some fries that saved the day.

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El Tasty Toro

After a semi-fruitful thrifting adventure in Ha/shbury, E and I trekked to The Mission for legit Mexican fare with a vegetarian twist. Throwing caution to the wind, we decided to go with the first busy restaurant we walked by, which turned out to be El Toro Taqueria.

Do poorly-positioned crooked photos bother you? Oops. I was a little rushed because people inside were scrutinizing me.

A clean, well-stocked bar to make all your burrito or taco dreams a reality. Guess what I'm getting installed in my kitchen when I grow up.

A super veggie taco with beans, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomato & salsa and a side of tofu ranchero (7) So fresh--I wish I could go back and re-eat this taco. The tofu was satisfying since I am actually made of 30% tofu, but the flavors were too similar to Chinese food. Lacking in Mexican spices and ultimately unmemorable. I love the option of getting it in a burrito for some extra protein, but I wouldn't get it on the side next time. But the taco and the salsas? They were as good as they look.

A custard filled churro (1.5) to round out the meal. For some reason, combining two freaking awesome foods into one did not work as well as I thought it would.

This meal made me realize I don’t eat enough Mexican food. I love that El Toro is extremely authentic yet veggie-friendly. Rumor has it that there are a few other taquerias with identical menus, so I’m going to check them out. But I’ll be back here, for sure.


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