Menu Please: Healthy Take-Out Mexican at Roquito’s Taqueria

If you haven’t lived in Redding long, you might be surprised to know that Market Street used to be part of California’s main thoroughfare. The Highway Formerly Known As 99 ran from Mexico to the Oregon border and was quite… Continue Reading


Menu Please: El Delicioso Burrito: Don’t Fear Gas Station Cuisine

Jane and Michael Stern, those chroniclers of true American food, wrote in their 1986 travelogue-cum-cookbook “Real American Food” of the Southern phenomena of combining food and unrelated commerce: “Drive along a country road in the Mississippi Delta and you will… Continue Reading


Menu Please: El Rinconcito’s little corner of good food

After Senor Rosa’s upped sticks and moved into the old Leatherby’s Family Creamery at the south end of the Downtown Mall (call it the Promenade all you like, it’s still the old Downtown Mall) that funny little cinder block building… Continue Reading


Menu Please: Mazatlan Grill – Well, cover me with guacamole and call me Sally

Longtime Redding residents will remember the old Italian Cottage on Hilltop Drive, pre-dating even the Mount Shasta Mall. Sawdust was piled high enough on the floor to get in your shoes, they put an olive in your beer, and the… Continue Reading


Menu Please: Fast Mex at Baja Burrito

The late Dame Anita Roddick (founder of The Body Shop cosmetics chain) wrote of a visit to Mexico City when she was taken to Fonda Meson de Alonso, where she was promised “real Mayan cooking.” The house special was a… Continue Reading


Menuplease: Mexican in Anderson at La Casa Cuevas

When Casa Ramos closed in early 2009, La Casa Cuevas immediately opened in the same spot. Childress not being a main artery, and La Casa Cuevas not being part of a chain, the restaurant seems to be somewhat out of… Continue Reading


Menuplease: Romo’s Tacos Keeps on Truckin’

It was Amico del Signore who first tried the taco truck on Westside Road, and reported with huge enthusiasm how fabulous the food was. When he first stopped by, a fellow diner waiting hungrily in line told him, “It’s the… Continue Reading


Menu Please: Burrito Bandito is Fast Mex That Tastes Good, Too

It took Femme de Joie a long time to catch on to Burrito Bandito. For one thing, she didn’t have much reason to go out to Airport Road in Redding, where they started at the original location. For another, she… Continue Reading


Menuplease: La Conquista Conquers Tequila – and Little Else

“Now, tequila may be the favored beverage of outlaws but that doesn’t mean it gives them preferential treatment. In fact, tequila probably has betrayed as many outlaws as has the central nervous system and dissatisfied wives. Tequila, scorpion honey, harsh… Continue Reading


MenuPlease at El Mariachi’s: Good Mexican at Four Corners

The spot occupied by El Mariachi’s has seen a host of restaurants come and go over the years. If Femme de Joie’s memory serves her, El Mariachi’s was previously owned by the fine folks at La Cabana and has been… Continue Reading