Casa Orozco 325 S. L St./3rd St, (925) 449-3045. L-D M-Sat; $$.
Located on the outskirts of downtown, this restaurant features a large open dining room plus a cozy bar extension. Margaritas are refreshing and varied and include a jalapeno-cucumber version. Lunch specials include pozole, tortilla soup, and huaraches, plus a veggie-friendly chile relleno or flauta stuffed with mashed potatoes. Shrimp enchiladas and seafood tacos are always good choices, as are dishes featuring shredded chicken, and specialties include a deep-fried chimichanga, enchiladas verdes, and tacos al pastor. Chips and both mild and hot red salsas are complimentary.
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