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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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Flacos is a tiny all-vegan Mexican joint. While it is a fair distance from downtown Berkeley, a short ride on the BART will get you within 2 blocks of the restaurant (get off at the Ashby station). The drinks are surprisingly expensive relative to the price of the meal ($3 for a medium-sized glass). Only two beverages were available on the day that I visited - strawberry juice and horchata. Both were amazingly good, but they were small enough that I found myself needing a second beverage after my spicy meal. As for the food, there were 4 options to choose from: a platter (which consisted of rice, beans and either a tamale or two taquitos), a taquito, a tamale and a soy/gluten-free option. The tamale was incredible - carefully spiced and shredded "chicken", packed in a cornmeal blanket with olives, capers and other veggies, drizzled with a spicy avocado sauce. Overall, I think that Flacos is a great option for vegans craving authentic-tasting Mexican food.

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