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Vegan Mexican food

Restaurant, Food Court or Street Vendor

Offers pozole, taquitos, tamales, enchiladas and more.

This is a small, fast-service location.

They also rotate from one Berkeley Farmer's Market to the next. Tuesdays they are at South Berkeley market (at Derby and MLK Jr. Way), Thursdays at North Berkeley (Shattuck and Rose) and Saturdays downtown (1 block west of downtown Berkeley BART station).

Added by conde.kedar on Dec 21 09 (last updated Oct 21 12)

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Atmosphere: 3.5
A bit small, but with ample outdoor seating. Nice decor which just added to the whole feel of the place. More of a casual cafe-style place.

Service: 3.5
The staff was friendly and helpful with our questions. Food didn't take too long to come out. They were also careful to warn us about the spice level of the hot salsa (which was super spicy, and also delicious).

Food: 4.5
The food here is fantastic! They make everything fresh, by hand in the restaurant, and it shows (or tastes?). It's very affordable. It's also just really awesome that it's all vegan and there are dishes there that I haven't had the opportunity to have at most other places. The soft taco and taquito, doused in hot sauce, were both delicious. The mild salsa is really good too, and you can taste the avocado more in that one.

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This is a great, inexpensive, small vegan taqueria. If I had my wish, this is the type of simple, fresh, busting-with-flavor food that Gracias Madre (the more famous, but far less tasty, vegan Mexican joint in the Bay Area) would serve.

I had a taquito ($2) and a soft shell taco ($3) as well as a "polveron" ($1).

Warning off the bat: You can choose "mild" or "spicy" for the taco. I chose spicy, as I love spicy food. But the spice levels here were nearly off the chart. They must use habaneros because one bite of the taco set my tongue on fire and made my lips burn for fifteen minutes straight.

I kind of liked it (I grew up eating Indian and Mexican food, after all). But I'm sure that 95% of the population cannot handle this level of spice.

So don't mess around: order the mild version.

Anyway, the taco was great: an open-face, hand-made corn shell with shredded soy protein and some simple vegetable toppings (a piece of radish, some onions). This is how a taco in Mexico would be served.

The taquito was even better. It's a deep-fried shell wrapped around a piece of soy protein. They use a great variety of soy protein which seemed a lot like real chicken to me.

My only gripe: both were covered in a bright green sauce (made of cilantro? avocado?) that didn't add much in terms of flavor. They did make both items gooier, though, which wasn't great. As such, I'd hold off on the green sauce.

The polveron is a baked flour ball covered in powdered sugar. It had hits of almond as well. I liked it a lot, especially considering it cost only $1.

There's some outdoor seating and maybe three tables for two on the inside, as well as a few spots at the counter, but don't come here with a group larger than two.

Flacos serves straight-up, simple, fresh, spicy vegan Mexican food. It's delicious, cheap and just awesome. If you have to choose between Gracias Madre and Flacos, don't even think twice: Flacos is the place to try.

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Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Cash Only

Cuisines

  • Mexican

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Outdoor Seating

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Hours

5pm - 9pm
11:30am - 9pm
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