Best Farmers Market Stand - 2012
El Huarache Loco, Alemany Market
The first thing you notice about El Huarache Loco is the depth of the menu. Beyond the huaraches — "sandals" of fried masa filled with beans and topped with a variety of (mostly meat) choices — you can get sopes, gorditas, enchiladas, and quesadillas. Try the Alambre topping/filling, a Mexico City-style mixture of bacon, chorizo, carne asada, peppers, onions and mozzarella. We like to shop early at the farmers' market and start the day with huevos enchiladas topped with slightly spicy green salsa, or — if low on fluids — the hangover-curing lamb soup. Posole is an occasional special. The Pambazo is a potato-and-chorizo sandwich you need to eat with a fork because it's dipped in guajillo sauce. In fact, most of this food isn't really meant to be eaten standing up as you would at a traditional taco truck, but fortunately there are communal seats nearby. After several years at Alemany the owners have finally opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Larkspur. We wish them well in Marin County, but hope they won't divert too much attention to pleasing the Social-Security-collecting ex-hippies, because we haven't tried everything on the menu yet.