1900 4th St

Sacramento, CA 95811

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Upon arrival in this small homey restaurant, we were quickly seated beneath the well-decorated walls of Vallejo’s history. Our server quickly took our water drink order and answered questions regarding the menu. The restaurant was at about half-capacity when we arrived, but the servers were able to balance the workload just fine.

Today, we ordered the Carnitas plate with flour tortillas, Pork Chimichanga, and Carne Asada Fries. After ordering, we were provided with complimentary fresh tortilla chips and a couple different salsas to dip in. The chips were thicker than some other restaurants, but did not taste extremely fresh, but they were not stale. The green salsa was a little sour but carried a little heat. The red salsa tasted like roasted chilli peppers and carried more heat than the green salsa. The carne asada fries arrived first and filled up an entire play with layers of fries, marinated steak, pico, sour cream, and fresh guacamole. The light sour cream mixed with fresh guacamole went well with the cheesy fries and steak. The steak did taste a bit over-marinated and tasted saltier than I would like. Amazingly, the fries were not that greasy. The Carnitas plate and Pork Chimichanga plates were huge. The portion sizes were over the top and both came with Mexican rice, beans, sour cream, guacamole, and mixed vegetables. The Carnitas were fresh and were tender, but most of the pieces were a bit dry. The chimichanga came in a huge flaky shell. The pork inside was insanely juicy and marinated with delicious flavors. There was an ample amount of meat inside the shell. I found that the meat tasted great on its own outside of the shell with the rice. I would not mind ordering a chimichanga just to bust it open to eat the meat with rice.

Overall, Vallejo’s serves up a variety of Mexican dishes with huge portion sizes. Service was great and the value is definitely there, especially with a Groupon in hand. Taste comes in better for some dishes than others, which is unfortunate. Plenty of street parking is available at the 4th street location. If you are looking for some huge portions with a great value, pick up the Groupon if available and head to Vallejo’s.

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