You can take all this attention to detail as a good sign – the kitchen pays attention to detail, too.
Opened last October by Yolanda and Rosendo Diaz, Taquiza Limon is attracting a loyal following of diners who appreciate authentic Mexican cuisine. One of the restaurant’s most commonly ordered items is the Taquiza Trio ($4.95), three soft corn tortillas served with pico de gallo and a choice of meat. Yolanda personally enjoys the Tortas ($5.75), grilled beef or chicken with ham, avocado and dressings on a sandwich. The popular Fajita Burrito ($7.50) packs beef or chicken, rice, refried beans, grilled bell peppers, onions, sour cream, jack cheese and guacamole into a large tortilla.
Dinner plates, which include rice and beans, range from Chicken Enchiladas ($7.50) to Chile Verde ($7.50). Side orders include rice ($2), beans ($2) mole sauce ($1), and a chile relleno ($3.95). Breakfast burritos ($4.95) of eggs with chorizo, machaca (shredded pork) or ham are served all day, and lunch specials ($5.95) ranging from an enchilada to a small wet burrito are served with rice and beans from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most customers call ahead for take-out.
Taquiza Limon is also known for its catering. Many popular items, including Carnitas, Chile Verde and Gorditas (handmade corn tortillas filled with a choice of meat) are available. Yolanda’s popular chicken salad, which Costco will soon begin selling in its stores, is available in half-tray ($60; serves 15 to 20) and full-tray ($120; serves 35 to 40) sizes. The salad includes chicken breast, potatoes, peas, carrots, jalapeños, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce and secret seasonings. Yolanda said the salad blows people away. She requests 24 hours’ notice for catering requests.
Yolanda previously owned four popular restaurants in Brentwood, each called ChaChaCha, which she opened one at a time and then sold to new owners. Her three sons – Abel, Armando and Angel – grew up helping in the restaurants and now assist with operations and decorations at Taquiza Limon. Yolanda and Rosendo’s grandchildren also help out. After selling the fourth restaurant in 2007, she and her husband retired to Mexico but decided to return because of political instability. “Everybody’s welcoming us back,” she said.
Yolanda’s slogan is “mi casa es su casa” – my home is your home. The restaurant isn’t easy to spot from the road, but diners keep coming. “They know how to appreciate good food and good hospitality,” said Yolanda. “People can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Taquiza Limon, located at 2170 Main St., Suite F in Oakley, is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant accepts cash only. Call 925-684-4102 or visit www.taquizalimon.com.