Taqueria El Gallo (Pleasanton, CA)
Score: 4.5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
El Gallo is located in the same complex as Trader Joes, on the opposite side of the parking lot. It's a small hole-in-the-wall that doesn't seem very professional. It's messy awkward layout and hand-written signs everywhere do not inspire a serious taqueria. Their burritos match this impression.
I've been here a couple times. On my last visit, i went with the chile verde. I was taken by how large the burrito appeared. But when i tipped it up to unwrap it, i could feel the contents... flow. My first 4 (yes 4) bites were nothing but torilla. After that it was a soupy mess, and i was constantly struggling to keep the thing from falling apart. As for taste, well, i do like sour cream and guacamole, as those were the primary flavors. The meat was sparse, though acceptable, but not good. There didn't seem to be any cheese at all. It's as though this burrito could have been stuffed a full 50% more than it was. Integration is a severe problem here.
The messy salsa bar is located in the middle of the store. There are 3 salsas, all pretty bland and non-spicy. The free chips however were pretty good- nice and thick and golden brown, not overdone.
The super burrito here is $5.50, which would usually an acceptable price if they were stuffed properly. A regular (no guac or sour cream or cheese) is $4.75.
This place doesn't do much right. They don't seem to take their job seriously- just slopping out food like a high-school cafeteria. If you do go here, be sure to bring cash as they don't take cards (but they do have a cash machine). But a better choice would be to drive a few blocks to the Rosewood center (near Walmart) and go to El Balazo.
posted 1/15/2007 1:13 PM, updated on 8/11/2008 10:46 AM