The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good not great.
Two of the three things we ordered were pretty tasteless. Things are good, but nothing special.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Marin County is riddled with “taco shops” that mainly churn out burritos because their tacos just aren’t that great and when you’re looking for a cheap, quick and filling meal, most of them do the trick. However, El Huarache Loco has had a lot of hype since they were just a food truck (successful enough to open up a storefront), they were featured on a TV show and they tout themselves as “authentic Mexican cuisine”. I take this claim seriously; food that you get in Mexico is very different than other Latin countries and I am biased because well, duh, I’m half Mexican. So I was excited to try this restaurant, but I wasn’t thrilled with what I found.
What we ate:
- Chicken tinga huarache ($8)
- Sope con papa y chorizo ($7)
- Chicken Quesadilla ($8)
I have dined in twice and while I wouldn’t say it was a waste of money, I didn’t walk out eager to come back. It’s a decent option for Marin Mexican at a good price, but please note I said “Marin Mexican”. In SF, I wouldn’t consider this an option when trying to fulfill my Mexican cravings.
The huarache (the main dish in the picture) was the best. I was happy to see they had chicken tinga (authentic!) and the flavors were on point. I did find myself adding more salsa to liven it up but the chicken tinga did a great job at providing flavor. Definitely my favorite and the only one I would reorder.
The quesadilla was the worst – no amount of salsa gave this dish flavor. It was hard to eat, messy and very bland.
The sope was okay; I think it would’ve been better with a different topping. Their chorizo is not as tasty as I’m used to and the dish just falls flat.
All in all, there are a lot of options and you can customize your toppings/meat for pretty much every dish. It’s filling and the food comes at a decent price, but I don’t think I’ll be back.