Taco time, part 5

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 Rosa’s La Villa Taqueria, the perfect spot for a more formal bite. 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.

Most of my favorite taco shops are hole-in-the-wall spots that come off a little divey to some. If you’re looking for a spot that’s a little more refined — and offers table service — I recommend Rosa’s La Villa Taqueria.

Good tacos start with good tortillas, made fresh to order at Rosa’s La Villa Taqueria.

The tacos start with housemade tortillas, made to order — a simple touch that makes all the difference when it comes to a good taco.

Tacos are available a la carte for $2 each or as a combo plate with two tacos, rice and beans ($7.95).

The al pastor taco was quite flavorful.

My favorite was the al pastor taco, with tangy marinated pork.

The chicken taco was light and refreshing, topped with fresh lettuce and pico de gallo.

The chicken taco was light and refreshing, with shredded lettuce, tomato and a touch of cheese.

Birria–a goat stew–isn’t common at most local taquerias.

Rosa’s La Villa Taqueria is also one of the few shops in town to offer tacos with birria — goat slow-cooked in a guajillo chile sauce.

Rosa’s La Villa Taqueria is at 766 Broadway Ave. in Seaside. 920-4979. rosaslavilla.com.

Your turn

Who do you think makes the best tacos in town? Send me your vote for your favorite taqueria! Email me at offthemenublog@gmail.com or tweet me @offthemenu831.

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