Taco time, part 2

In case you missed it, my column that appeared in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald this week included a whirlwind tour of local taquerias, including Seaside’s Mi Pueblo Food Center. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

Seaside’s Mi Pueblo Food Center is a one-stop shop for Mexican groceries–and prepared foods too.

Since it opened in Seaside last year, Mi Pueblo Food Center has become locals’ one-stop shop for specialty Mexican foods. But it’s more than just a grocery store — inside, there’s a counter with a sizeable menu of hot foods available for dine-in or take-out.

The tacos were simple, but elegant, plated with bright red radishes.

The taco menu includes popular favorites like carne asada or pollo al carbon (grilled chicken), as well as more traditional tastes. You’ll also find some more obscure offerings, like trompa (beef lips) and buche (pork stomach). All are just $1.58 apiece.

The tacos came topped with onion, cilantro and salsa, with a side of radishes, making for a vibrant taco tableau on the plate.

The al pastor taco was my favorite.

The al pastor was one of my favorites — juicy, roasted pork cut fresh from the spit, a bit like a gyro.

Sadly, the carnitas taco disappointed. It was too salty.

The carnitas taco disappointed — it was too salty for my tastes. But I liked the grilled chicken, even if it was a little dry. (Nothing a little squeeze of lime couldn’t fix.)

Mi Pueblo Food Center is at 1712 Fremont Blvd. in Seaside. 408-493-0114. www.mipueblo.com.

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