We’ve asked some of our CBS Radio On-Air Personalities what their absolute favorite dishes are! We asked “Where do they go for THE Very Best…?” In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we asked “Where do you go for THE Very Best Mexican Dish?” Here’s what some of them had to say!

Producer of
‘Fernando & Greg’
at 99.7 Now

Gracias Madre
2211 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 285-7550

“When you are a vegetarian, going to a restaurant where you can eat ANYTHING on the menu without special ordering is great. What’s even better at Gracias Madre, is that you can get your favorite Mexican dish, like this quesadilla, without any of the fattening dairy. This organic food is good, and good for you!”

Stan Bunger
KCBS Anchor

La Penca Azul
891-B Island Drive
Alameda, CA 94502
(510) 814-0560
1440 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 769-9110

“This is my favorite Mexican restaurant outside of Mexico (and maybe INSIDE Mexico, too). Great food, great margaritas, and really great people. My favorite dish…I’d say either the street tacos (the al pastor are my favorites), or maybe the Bistec al Cafe (sirloin marinated in tequila, grilled with chipotle and ground coffee). But my REAL favorite is the Top Shelf Margarita…these folks are serious about fresh juices and very good tequila.”

(credit: Yelp.com)

Bob Melrose
KCBS Reporter

New Mecca Cafe
324 Railroad Ave
Pittsburg, CA
(925) 432-7433

“Run by the same family for decades and they know what they’re doing around a stove. The place is so crowded a lot of people phone ahead and take it home.”

(credit: Yelp.com)

Mark Seelig
KCBS Reporter

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant
5929 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA
(415) 387-4747

“…BY FAR the best Mexican restaurant around. It’s a somewhat small venue…but one that offers some great ambiance. When I’m there, I always go for the Beef Chimichanga. They also have the widest selection of tequillas that I have ever seen…and their margaritas are simply splendid.”

Sheryl Raines
KCBS Traffic

Don Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant
225 11th Street
San Francisco, CA

“Consistently great! Super sangria and best beans anywhere. Family owned and comfortable environment. Super family friendly. Kids love it and owner, Nati, always goes out of her way to make them something special.”

(credit: Yelp.com)

Jane McMillan
KCBS Associate
News Director

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant
261 Center Ave
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-4848

“I know it’s a little far afield, but well worth the trip to Aptos, a few minutes south of Santa Cruz. In the little village area on the bluffs above Sea Cliff State Beach on Center Avenue is Manuel’s. It’s been a family restaurant since 1965 and has THE BEST, the fluffiest, the most flavorful Chile Rellenos one will ever find. And, to make it even more special, Manuel’s prepares a limited number of regional specialties…one each day of the week. Reserving one of these dishes rather than a table is the goal of locals who know this well… especially Friday nights for HUACHINANGO A LA JAROCHA and Saturday nights for CAMARONES DE DIEGO. The margaritas are darn good, too.”

Todd Smoot
KCBS Executive Producer
& Associate Director

Rancho Viejo
18976 Sonoma Hwy
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-3663

“Great Yucatan cuisine. Everything is hand made and authentic by a husband – wife team. The Cochinita Pibil… slow cooked pork… is fantastic.”