Last week's Food & Wine cover story was all about "real" Mexican food around the region, and along with my own picks for the most authentic resturants around Sacramento, I asked readers to chime in as well. Here's what some readers had to say about their favorite Mexican food finds ... please leave more picks in the comments section if you've got some. Arriba!
Rudy's Mexican Gourmet
6011 Stanford Ranch Rd # 107, Rocklin
Says reader Jim Dougherty: "Rudy has many recipes passed down within his family and makes excellent specialty dishes from the Mexico City region. I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal at Rudy's ... It's hard to find true authentic Al Pastor in Sacramento. Rudy's is the best in the region, even better than Lalo's. Watching the pork spinning on the vertical rotisserie, pineapple dripping down is reminiscent of the street vendors in Mexico."
705 Gold Lake Dr # 200, Folsom
Says reader Kendal Smeeth: "A few miles to the east in old Folsom is a place you must try if you haven't already. My family and I thrive on Q'Bole. Owned by Mexicans with Spanish speaking staff, their food is delicious and reminds me of my best meals in San Jose Del Cabo and Manzanillos. If you are talking authentic, this one has to be among those you consider."
Las Palmas Restaurant y Pupuseria
7386 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento
Says reader Tanya W.: "You should visit Las Palmas. It's located off Stockton Blvd by Florin Rd. It's a newer restaurant and they have done a nice job with the place. I am new to the area as well, but I have found quite a few places but nothing like this place. In addition to the restaurant they have a little supermarket attached to the restaurant. They offer the normal mexican dishes and also central american dishes. They also have fun with the dishes and they spice things up!"
La Casa Restaurante
2310 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento
Says reader Alfredo Burlando: "Our favorite Mexican restaurant is La Casa, a new Mexican restaurant on Fair Oaks Blvd. where they have excellent food, a lot of genuine Mexican dishes, but also some specialties from other Latin American countries. Their food is consistently good, the atmosphere very happy and the service friendly. They also had a good selection of beers and great margaritas!"
Hecho en Mexico Taqueria
374 California St., Woodland
Says reader Rodrigo H.: "They have the best crispy shrimp tacos in town and spicy prawns and the salsa bar is awesome."