Pleasant Hill, CA

Pleasant Hill Eats: Taco El Patron for Birria Tacos

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Birria tacos have blown up all over social media and I’ve been on the hunt for the best tacos in the Bay Area. If you haven’t seen these tacos before, think of a loaded taco filled with beef stew meat that has been simmering for hours paired with a cup of broth to dip the tacos into. Talk about the ultimate taco experience. There are a few locations in Oakland and San Francisco that specialize in birria tacos but have not been too impressive. Upon hearing recommendations for an amazing birria taco place in Pleasant Hill, I made a trip out there to see what the hype is all about. If you are looking for a loaded and cheesy birria taco, you must check out Tacos El Patron. The hype and amazing reviews are legit because I think I found my new favorite place. Located in a small plaza on Monument Boulevard, this place opens late and gets extremely busy since they get the late-night and bars crowd. I would suggest placing your order online for pick up as it can take up to an hour during a busy night. In the afternoon, the service is faster and you can walk in and get seated at a table outside. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming and I always have a positive experience dining here.

Tacos El Patro has your typical Mexican restaurant cuisine ranging from street tacos, meat plates, enchiladas, burritos, and more but you have to try their birria tacos. I would recommend getting the cheese add-on for an additional $1. Trust me, it is worth it. The tacos are priced at $4 or $5 if you get the cheese which is a steal for how delicious it is. I guarantee that one is not enough and you will be ordering more since it is so flavorful and delicious. The meat is tender and the broth is not too salty and oily. It is also topped with fresh onions and cilantro on a corn tortilla. They also provide you with multiple different types of sauces and ranges in spice level. If you can’t handle spicy food, I would recommend the green sauce which is milder than the rest. When you order, they also provide a bag of tortilla chips with your meal which is a great side dish.

Overall, nothing beats Tacos El Patron and their quesabirria tacos. Have you been here before and if so, I would love to read your experience in the comments below. This is one place that you must try and add to your list.

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