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Vegan Mexican Restaurant: Flacos in Berkeley

sfgate.com | 01/14/11

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So here's the skinny on Flacos: It's a vegan Mexican restaurant that grew out of its stand at Berkeley farmers' markets. Chef-owner Antonio Magana says he decided to create his own restaurant after getting bored with ordering vegetarian burritos without the cheese and sour cream.

I was hungry on my first visit, so I ordered the full plate platter ($9) - one entree (choice of soy-gluten-free tamale, a banana leaf-steamed tamale or taquitos), salad, rice and beans (refried or black).

Top choices include the soy-gluten-free tamale, which brings corn husk-steamed masa surrounding a filling of roasted poblano chile, refried pinto beans and potatoes. The taquito consists of a vegetarian "chicken" mixture rolled in a corn tortilla and fried. They're doused in Flacos' signature avocado salsa (also sold to-go for $6), which comes in mild or spicy, the latter with roasted habaneros.


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I love Mexican food, and it's hard to eat at Mexican restaurants because the beans usually have freakin lard in it. And the rice sometimes has chicken broth in it. Come on people, it's not hard to just NOT put that crud in the food!

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