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Best Lengua Nachos 

Aquililla Taqueria

The Emeryville Public Market is a dangerous mashup of hidden gems and second-rate fast food. Navigating it can be difficult, but you won't go wrong if you remember one rule: Follow your tongue. In this case, follow the tongue. Usually consigned to taco carts and a select few taquerias, lengua (beef tongue) is the star of the Public Market. Slow cooked, the meat is extremely tender and deliciously fatty. It's the perfect complement to the no-nonsense nachos served here. A strong, but not overpowering, flavor, the tongue can hold its own against the spicy guacamole, crisp onions, and handfuls of cilantro. Lengua pairs well with the sloppy beans and fluffy rice while the melt-in-your-mouth feeling melds with the dollops of sour cream and grated and melted cheeses. Sure, the lengua is the star of the show, but we'd be remiss if we left out the supporting cast: strong, solid, salty chips that are up the task of holding up all the toppings without cracking under the pressure. Under $10, the towering nachos are enough to share, and, hey, if people are turned off by the taste buds staring back at them, don't give them a stern tongue-lashing — it just leaves more nachos for you.
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