West Coast Taco Bar opens a Mexican restaurant in Elk Grove

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West Coast Taco Bar’s Bitchin’ Cali burrito is stuffed with asada, shrimp, fries, guacamole, cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle salsa.

Courtesy of the West Coast Taco Bar.

A taco truck, once voted maker of the best burrito in the Sacramento area, has its roots in Elk Grove.

The West Coast Taco Bar will open a physical restaurant at 8791 Elk Grove Blvd. late May, owners Cynthia and Ivan Garcia confirmed on Friday.

“This is something we never imagined for ourselves, but we’re doing it with all our hearts…because this is how good food is made,” West Coast Taco Bar said in an article on social networks. “Many long days, creative nights, and raising two beautiful children with the tremendous help of our families has brought us to the next stage of our professional growth.”

The Garcias moved from San Diego to the Capital Area in 2019 and opened the West Coast Taco Bar soon after, serving and popping up outside of Sacramento-area breweries. Their rotating tacos are a mix of San Diego surf and modern indoor fusion, like the Sac Town Fire Tacos (garlic shrimp in a red mole tortilla with cilantro coleslaw, chipotle sauce and cotija) or the Sweet P (roasted sweet potato with soy chorizo, tomatillo salsa, scallions, and cotija on a corn tortilla).

The West Coast Taco Bar only serves one burrito, but it’s memorable. The Bitchin Cali — stuffed with shrimp, asada, fries, guacamole, cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle salsa — was voted the area’s best burrito in an October 2020 Sacramento Bee poll with more than 2,500 respondents.

Cynthia became a sous chef at 19, graduated from culinary school in 2006 and now has 17 years of professional cooking, including a handful of executive chef jobs under her belt. Ivan’s path was more circuitous: an assistant manager job at a Mexican restaurant in Tracy, then 10 years and four tours in the Marine Corps, then sous chef and chef at the Seasons 52 location in San Diego. .

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Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as breaking general news and investigative projects. A native of Sacramento, he previously covered affairs for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.

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