When I was living in Northern California, I was on the hunt for good Mexican food. Sal’s Tacos is the best I’ve found for authentic local Mexican food, reminsicent of what I was raised around in Los Angeles. I grew up exposed to truly traditional dishes and have searched years trying to find restaurants that come close to duplicating the fond memories I have. Sal’s definitely came close to filling that empty void in my pursuit of the best Mexican food!
This is not your average taqueria! The owner, Sal Galvan, has found a way to merge his love for the Sacramento Kings, mosiacs, good food, and wine! Sal’s is completely decorated in mosiacs on the walls and ceiling, most paying homage to the Sacramento Kings (including a life size one of Vlade Divac). If this isn’t enough to keep him busy, he also produces wine, offering a couple types at the restaurant as well. You can’t help but laugh at some of the funny signs posted in the restaurant (such as the one in the picture below).
I absolutely LOVE this place. They have a salsa bar with both red and green salsas, ranging from mild to wild! I am not a fan of carnitas normally but they have the BEST carnitas taco special that I order almost every time I go. On Sunday mornings, I used to order the Huevos Divorciados (divorced eggs) which is typically two fried eggs, served separately on corn tortillas, one with red salsa, the other green. Sal’s version is on the masa boats, one with chili colorado and the other with chile verde. Perfectly matched with a Bohemia or Negro Modelo! :-))
And they serve my comfort food daily – POZOLE! It’s a better subsitute for chicken noodle soup! For those who have not tried it and you are lucky enough to find it in a restaurant, definitely give it a try. It’s basically a pork and hominy soup with chile and other seasonings. Garnishes include radishes, shredded cabbage, lemon or lime juice, oregano, and cilantro. It is similar to Menudo but lacks that “special” ingredigent of tripe (yuck!).
They have all-you-can-eat chips and a fresh salsa bar with some interesting options. A number of red ones, ranging in spice and at least one green salsa. spicy cucumbers, pickled onions, carrots & peppers are some accompaniments. They also have wedges of limes, lemons, cilantro and onions, and typically a couple creams, one is usually spicy. Although the food is not as cheap as you might find at some taquerias, the quality of food is much better. I’ve tried some local taquerias and been highly disappointed with the inferior ingredients and greasiness of the cheese and sauces.
This is a very casual, order at the counter type place. They have a frequent diner program as well (buy six, get one free)…..further rationalization on how I seemed to end up there once a week!!! :-) I miss Sal’s and try to go back at least once every time I am back in town. Call for hours as they have changed several times. They used to be open earlier on weekends for breakfast, but I think they open later now. Also note they do close early, typically 8:30pm from what I remember.
Sal’s Tacos – Mexican Food
400 C Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605