TACO OVERLOAD: Acapulco Taqueria Bar & Grill

I love tacos. Anyone that knows me knows that I love tacos, so much that one year, everyone wanted to buy me gift cards for Taco Bell for my birthday. They settled on gift cards for In-N-Out, which I have to say was a much better investment.

Living in the Bay Area, we have a ton of diversity which leads to a variety of food and restaurants readily available during waking hours. My hometown, Hayward, has a large population of people from south of the border. This leads to choices. Important choices. Like, where to get some of the best tacos for cheap. At the top of my list of choices? Acapulco Taqueria Bar & Grill on West A Street in Hayward.

Taco Tuesdays have to be one of the greatest inventions of all time. Whoever first came up with it deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. Cheap, delicious tacos could settle border disputes. Taco Wednesdays must be just as good. For now, let’s talk about Tuesdays. Why? Because Acapulco Taqueria is the spot to be on Tuesdays.

Acapulco started out as a pink, teal, and white roach coach parked daily at an abandoned gas station. If that doesn’t sound like the making of a great taco joint, I don’t know what does. This was back in the 90’s at some point. Back then, they were known for burritos the size of people’s heads. Sure, there are plenty of places that have huge burritos like that. However, very few ever need to expand to not one, but two restaurants PLUS keeping the old roach coach.

This place has the same items you see on any taqueria’s menu. I always get the steak tacos. Simple, delicious and the salsa they put on them is great. It has a little bit of kick to it and whole lot of flavor. I also add cheese sometimes due to a sick addiction to cheese. Cheese is delicious, can you really blame me? Every time I’m there, I also get one of my favorite Mexican treats: a Coke in a glass bottle. I have to say, nothing is more refreshing. They also have Pepsi in a bottle for those of you on the other side of that war. Their horchata is pretty good, though not the best I’ve ever had. I strongly prefer Salvadorian horchata to Mexican horchata. It’s a preference I’ve grown up with that’s probably never going to change.

Another wonderful menu item that seems to have started popping up at a lot of places in the last couple years is steak fries. Picture steak, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and whatever else they feel like throwing onto the fire piled on top of delicious fries. Whenever I get enough time for a meal and a siesta, I’m trying the ones here.

The West A Street location has a good-sized dining area and seats outside for when the weather is nice. It also has a walk up window and super friendly staff. The parking lot is tiny and awful so park somewhere nearby. It’s a sacrifice worth making.

Their other location on Hesperian Blvd is only about a mile away. It’s owned by the same people, but the dining is a little more upscale and contains a full bar. Better yet, a full TEQUILA bar. If you’re anything like me and love tequila shots and pints of ice-cold beer, this is the place to go. Apparently, it’s happy hour AND $1 tacos ALL DAY on Wednesdays. How can you go wrong? Come to think of it, I should go to the other location soon. Full tequila bar? GAME ON!

Check out their website for menus and location information.

-Fernando Landaverde

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About Fernando Landaverde
I like technology, rally, metal, food, beer, whiskey, and tequila. That just about covers it.

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