La Crema 1106 Solano Ave./San Pablo Ave, (510) 558-3349.
Situated inside an expansive space with high ceilings and big windows, this simple yet colorful spot provides plenty of seating. My favorite seating is in one of the tiny window pop-outs that makes you feel like you’re right on the sidewalk, yet you are protected from all the negatives of that. The menu features not only the usual suspects in a Mexican restaurant--burritos, enchiladas, tacos--but also taquitos and nachos not to mention pupusas, plantains, and empanadas. Many vegetarian options are available. On Taco Tuesdays the price of a street taco drops from $3 to $2. They are small, so you’ll want two or three. Larger plates (platos) include enchiladas verde or mole, fajitas, and a chile relleno. Drinks include aguas frescas, beer, and Mexican hot chocolate. At weekend brunch, look for chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. You order at the counter, then secure your utensils and pick a seat. Menu.
|exterior of La Crema in Albany, California|
|order counter at La Crema in Albany, California|
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|pop-out window seating at La Crema in Albany, California|
|taco at La Crema in Albany, California|
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