Maddy Douglass

Knitter, lawyer, and safer beauty advocate in San Francisco. 

Loves coffee, crafting, and cheese plates.  


Hot Spot | Taco Jane's, San Anselmo

For Mother's Day this year (the day after the Hruby-Kotylo wedding I posted about!) I took the ferry home to Marin and went out to lunch with my parents. My brother always works on the weekends, that little jitterbug, so he doesn't get to go on a lot of these outings - and doesn't get to make as many appearances on the blog as my folks do! So, where did we go for this fine dining excursion? Why, Taco Jane's, of course!

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Mom's happy, everyone's happy. So, want to see what the grub looks like? 

First, I apologize for the lack of pictures of the lava salsa. I think it's really called something else (ok research on the interwebs tells me it's called Black Gold Salsa, but really, it looks like hot lava) but either way it is literally the best salsa I've ever tasted. I have no idea what was in it that made it look so dark and delicious, but keep it up guys!

Anyway, we ate it all before I could even think to photograph. We were hungry!


I ordered a combo plate (again, still hungry - whoops! This is why I need to go running more often...) and I got one chicken taco (the blue corn tortillas up top) and a chicken mole tamale. Yum yum yum. I love mole, and I love tamales, and this one was great - but I could have had the chicken taco and been just as happy. I don't know what they put in their sauce, or how they grill the veggies, but it was one of the best tacos I've had in a long long time...


Mom got the veggie enchilada plate. They had real veggies in them! Not just cheese! There were roasted peppers and maybe even a mushroom or two? I can't recall, but I remember being surprised by how good it was, again. I don't know why I was so surprised - I must be used to easy Mexican food in the city since I only go to my neighborhood taquerias and I usually get a burrito or nachos. These enchiladas were perfectly done and I may even get them the next time we go.


If you need a third option, try the tostada salad that Big T got. It's not your normal TexMex tostada - there's no big crunchy shell here with burrito fixings on top of "salad." This is pure craft: incredible (incredible!) tangy coleslaw topped with a fried tortilla topped with beans and chicken and a dollop of sour cream. And cilantro. I only had a bite of the coleslaw and I was in heaven... I can't imagine what the combination must have tasted like!


That taco was so good.


Then, we walked across the street to the San Anselmo Coffee Roastery and I treated the folks to decaf coffees (their choice), while I myself got a far-too-large (I didn't know! I didn't know!) Thai Iced Tea. It was a little sweet, to say the least.


Despite her face in this picture, I think Mom had a pretty great Mother's Day!


ps - When can we go back to Taco Jane's? There are so many dishes I need to try!

Fork it Over | Toasted Quinoa

Wearables | Totes Tropical