Circuit Court Sacramento
La Fiesta Taqueria
7951 Greenback Lane
Citrus Heights, CA
I must be honest
with you, reader-eaters. In the interest of full disclosure, you must
know that I love the Taqueria La Fiesta, and I have for some time now.
This review is based not on a single visit, but on a lengthy patronage.
In fact, this taqueria currently occupies the coveted position of my
favorite taqueria of all time. Yes folks,
that includes the Mission district, and it would include Mexico, except
taquerias cannot really be compared to California taquerias. It's apples
and oranges, or perhaps jalapenos y poblanos.
Anyway, here's the
Exhibit A) The
coctel de camarones (see photo). It is the perfect lunch for three
super tasty and special-feeling (shrimp,
protein-based so you are actually able to stay awake after you eat
it, and really rather good for you. But the greatest of these is
tasty part. Loaded with nice fat shrimp in a light tomato water,
which, if it doesn't sound appetizing, is because you've never had
topped with diced avocado. Highly customizable: for a cocktail sauce
effect, add ketchup and el tapatio hot sauce. Or, like me, add one
of the freshly made salsas from the salsa bar. A squeeze of lime
you are all set. It's muy autentico, nearly identical to what you
might have in a café in, say, Manzanillo, except I've never
gotten sick from the La Fiesta version. You can also get the coctel
for you non spanglish speakers), which is a favorite of my dad's
(the cephalopod thing kind of runs in the family). A bargain at 7 bucks.
B) The chili verde. The litmus test of taquerias. There
are many pitfalls, and this one doesn't fall into any of them. Tangy
tomatillos, savory from the well-seasoned pork, and not too fatty.
My brother, who has seen his share of chile verdes, rates this
highly, as do I.
Exhibit C) It's
constantly busy. I've been there a lot. Always
busy. Always! The place buzzes industriously, and everyone seems
in a good mood. Many families turn out in full, but you've also
of younger people and suited businessmen. I am very pleased to
Latino population of Citrus Heights present and accounted for.
The soccer-jersey clad staff add to the atmosphere: they personify
word "hustle," bringing
out orders, whisking away empty plates, and circulating among
the tables, asking, "
How is everything?" (Has that ever happened
at a Mission district taqueria?). Given its location in a shopping
center not generally considered a dining destination, the amount of traffic
is a testimonial.
Exhibit D) The
salsa bar. All the classics are represented: salsa verde, salsa cruda
the chunky one with chopped
tomatoes, onions, chilies, and cilantro), salsa that looks
so hot that I've
it (all red, lots of seeds) and my fave, the one made with
A bit smoky, it has perhaps passed through a blender at some
point. Also, many pickled veg to choose from, such as onions,
My dad consumes these with great relish.
Exhibit E) It's super
clean. Now, mind you, I am not obsessed with cleanliness. In fact,
at my former favorite taqueria of
I once witnessed an intrepid roach exit a basket of chips
and crawl up a friend's arm, and I still patronized the place after
However, I certainly don't have anything against a sanitary
establishment, and it's a nice change to go to a taqueria
not feel that
stickiness. You know what I mean: the stickiness on the floor,
the table, the forks.
Exhibit F) Carrot
juice, extracted from live carrots right before your eyes. My dad often
gets it, which I encourage,
since a glass
magic potion ensures good health and long life.
If you go
in November or December, and ask politely, you may be presented with
a free calendar featuring epic artwork,
during my last
visit. It went straight up on the wall, all the better
to schedule the next coctel de camarones fiesta.
Magistrate Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org