Taqueria El Carnaval

On the Hunt for the Perfect Bite.

Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

Taqueria El Carnaval is just the kind of place I look for when craving authentic Mexican food. They have an extensive, affordable menu and even a few beers on tap, with colorful soccer memorabilia and cultural items decorating the interior. On a recent visit, most of the tables were filled, and happy conversations in Spanish and English alike could be heard, adding to the warm atmosphere. I ordered three Carnitas Tacos, and to quench my thirst, my favorite Mexican refreshment: Jamaica. Before sitting down I helped myself to the complimentary chips and salsa bar; however, it was not long before my food was brought out. Each of the small tacos was delicious and had a generous helping of beautifully seasoned meat with pico de gallo on a light corn tortilla. The Jamaica had just the right amount of sweet to balance out the strong flavor of the carnitas, and at the end of the meal, both my cup and plate were empty. Taqueria El Carnaval was quite the pleasant surprise; next time I’m in the area I’ll definitely be back. Taqueria El Carnaval, 4340 Golden Center Drive, Placerville. 530-344-7246, taqueriaelcarnaval.com.

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