El Rinconcito Mexicano in Truckee | SierraSun.com

El Rinconcito Mexicano in Truckee

Seth Lightcap/Sierra Sun file photoRoberto Gallardo opened El Rinconcito Mexicano because

El Rinconcito Mexicano ” the new restaurant in the old Jalapeno Joes location in Truckee ” is a refreshing addition to the quick and tasty dining options in town.

Gone are the photos of gluttons who managed to eat way too many cheap tacos in one sitting, replaced with minimalist and tasteful Mexican decor and a warm new paint job.

And while many patrons probably get their Mexican favorites to-go, the restaurant does have eight or nine small tables and a long counter inside, with a couple of tables outdoors on the sidewalk in front for diners who want to eat there.

Owner and Chef Roberto Gallardo opened El Rinconcito Mexicano because he wanted to bring home-made Mexican food to the people of Truckee.

“I love cooking. That’s my passion,” Gallardo said. “So my idea was to try to bring authentic Mexican food to Truckee… Like the salsas ” a lot of people love the salsas ” and the enchiladas… Everything is made right here, fresh.”

If you love carnitas, be sure to try El Rinconcito’s version, which Gallardo says is the specialty of the house.

Though when it comes to meat, you may have a tough decision on your hands as there are 12 different choices including favorites such as carne asada (grilled steak), pollo (roasted chicken), chorizo (Mexican sausage) and pescado (ahi tuna), and more exotic choices such as lengua (beef tongue) and cuerito (pork skin) to name a few.

Vegetarians need not fear, however, as there are plenty of veggie options on the menu as well including a giant veggie burrito, tostadas and a veggie rice bowl, in addition to combination plates with enchiladas or a chile relleno.

Choose from a selection of Jarritos sodas, Horchata, lemonade, Sobe drinks, bottled water and fountain drinks.

On Saturdays and Sundays, El Rinconcito Mexicano cooks up a number of specialty dishes including Posole Rojo, Menudo Rojo Con Grano, Cocktail De Camaron (Mexican-style shrimp cocktail), and Pescado Frito (deep-fried whole tilapia with rice and beans)… Specialties of the house that are worth coming back for on your days off.

Everything on the menu looks delicious, but the Pescado Burrito ” ahi tuna, cabbage, chipotle, mango salsa and your choice of refried, black or whole pinto beans ” is a sure bet. The seasonings were perfect, the portion generous, and it (like everything else) comes with a free side of chips.

Tacos from $1.50 to $3.25; burritos, tortas, tostadas, rice bowls and quesadillas go for $3.50 to $7.25; combo plates and rotisserie items from $6 to $11.

Be sure to check out the Family Packs with your choice of chicken, carne asada or carnitas, packaged with beans, rice and warm tortillas from $17 to $23.

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