Tucos 130 G St., (530) 757-6600. L-D daily; $$. Tables both high and low are tucked in here cozily among the shelves of wine bottles, and diners are entertained by perhaps by some scratchy old tunes sung by Bessie Smith. A patio out front is inviting in good weather. A long menu (for such a small place) offers an array of delights, many of which are Latin. Lunch here might begin with a shot of cucumber-melon gazpacho soup and continue on with a trio of arepas stuffed with shredded beef or with a spectacular savory Argentinean corn pudding. Portions are small so consider ordering an extra item, perhaps some fat little empanadas. In our case, we added a moist, not-too-sweet dessert of tres leches cake with strawberries. I drank sweetened iced Mate tea, while he sipped a perfect Malbec served in a European-style carafe measure. Among the dishes I’d like to try next time: bacon-wrapped Medjool dates, smoked fish spread, roasted pork sandwich Cubano, and chicken-mushroom pot pie.
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