Before owner Antonio — who used to be an Oakland school counselor before going vegan in 1999 and starting to experiment with meatless versions of his favorite Mexican family dishes — opened this brick-and-mortar restaurant, his satisfying and surprisingly spicy vegan and vegetarian tamales, tacos, taquitos, and other homestyle delights were available on a takeaway basis only. Regulars eagerly wait even in the rain for this hearty fare whose faux-meat fillings make nice foils for mole sauce and eye-poppingly hot salsa. Mexican food is traditionally heavy, greasy, lardy, and meaty, but Antonio — whose integrity shines in every bite — has worked hard to make his meatless versions look, feel, and taste authentic.

Hours: Tue 2-7 p.m.

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Price: $

Payment Type: cash

ParkingChoice: Street

ReservationsChoice: Not Accepted

Attire: casual

Entertainment: none

Extra Info: All dishes are vegetarian, most are vegan. Organic ingredients are used wherever possible. All wrappers are biodegradable.

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