Go to Taléo Mexican Grill. The place doesn’t disappoint. However, expect to shell out a bit more than you would at your favorite Mexican eatery. Taléo is one of those restaurants that “fancies” up food that can typically be found for dirt cheap, but it’s worth it.
I have a weakness for tortilla chips and Taléo does them right. The chips are made-to-order and it’s definitely obvious. They’re hot, crisp and not over-done or over-seasoned. Although the basket of tortilla chips (which is dangerously bottomless) comes with both mild and spicy salsa, you can opt to order guacamole ($10) or queso fundido ($10). The latter is a house specialty made from melted cotija and Reggiano cheeses with roasted poblano peppers, sautéed mushrooms and chorizo. You can’t go wrong with cotija cheese. So if you feel like an unusual dip, the queso fundido is the right choice.
When it comes to choosing an entrée, Taléo doesn’t make it very easy. The carnitas ($21) and carne asada entrées ($21) are worth a shot. The meats from both are well-seasoned and tender. Taléo’s Web site mentions that the carnitas are prepared according to a recipe from Chef Jose Acevedo’s family
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