Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I ♥ Sacramento Guest Post {Taco Tuesdays: Chando's Tacos}

For the next few Tuesdays, I am pleased to have my friend Emily guest posting her favorite taquerias in the Arden-Arcade area. Since it's my birthday week, trust me I'll be using that leverage to get me a taco or two for dinner this week!

Hi everybody I’m Emily Perez from NotoriousMLE and I’m so happy to be here guesting at Glitter and Grunge. Claire does such a great job pointing out SacTown highlights that I thought I’d join the fun and take you on a Taco Tour of the Arden area. You like tacos, don’t you? Of course you do. So let’s go!

Chando's Tacos

Our first stop is Chando’s Tacos. Located in a weird industrial strip west of the Capital City Freeway Chando’s blithely oblivious red and yellow paint job is a welcome relief for hungry travelers.

When you get there they will be blasting salsa. Non-Spanish speakers might not know this but salsa is not commonly played at taquerias, and good salsa is even more rare. I know you don’t know me but you must trust me! My husband is Colombian. I know of what I speak. I took my friend Jason to Chando’s last week and when he heard the music he turned to me excitedly and said, “Oh, it is so on.”

Indeed. There was a point when I thought I’d have to remind him we were there for lunch and not dancing.

Am I boring you with my salsa-blabber? Don’t worry. There’s so much more at Chando’s then ambiance! In fact I haven’t gotten to the most important part yet: their mouth-wateringly delicious tacos. Chando’s is literally a walk-up window with a patio in the back. Since they are tight on space they grill the meat on a spit in front of the stand. This means your taco meat is being produced approximately three feet away from Arden Way. Amazing, no?

They are literally street tacos.

Messy Mulitas
I spent a summer in Mexico City and when I’m at Chando’s it all comes flooding back, the smoky grill, the blasting music, the traffic and most of all the kind of tacos that you just can’t eat fast enough. In addition to tacos, quesadillas (excellent ones) and tortas they also serve a wonder of modern Mexico that they call mulitas. Mulitas are a quesadilla/taco hybrid. They are messy and delicious and everything you didn’t know you needed. But you need one. You need one bad.

On that dramatic note I bid you ado, but I’ll be back later to bring you two more taquerias worth trying in the Arden area!

Emily Perez


Notoriously Loud. Notoriously Sleepy.

Notoriously Ready to Eat at All Times.


  1. It's 8am and I want a taco. That one please.

  2. I'm with Danielle. Suddenly my morning coffee isn't quite as appealing. Thanks a lot ;).


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