Juanita’s – Alameda

We stopped at Juanita’s during a weekday, for lunch. The place was empty, which should have been a clue of things to come but we were tired and enjoyed the quiet. We tried three items, reasonably priced and received speedy service. Well, in truth there were only three other tables for the staff to wait on but the service was quick and pleasant. We tried a shredded chicken burrito, a cheese enchilada and a chile relleno.
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The salsa was fine; not too tomato-ish, which is my biggest complaint. The chicken was the worst as it tasted like it had been cooked, frozen and reheated. The aftertaste was horrible. A cheese enchilada is pretty simple but the best have flavors added by frying the tortilla before baking and including some other items, like onions in with the cheese. This enchilada had no flavor. The tortilla was limp and tasteless; the Monterrey cheese didn’t have enough flavor to carry the enchilada and that was all that was in it. The chile relleno was clearly made from a canned whole green chile, with the same mild cheese wrapped in a mushy lifeless batter. The sauces were alright but they weren’t good enough to make you overlook the other issues.

Juanita’s Restaurant, 1324 Park St, Alameda, CA