Cholita Linda Introduces Latin Street Food to Alameda
Cholita Linda is known for its delicious fish tacos, though fans like its other dishes, too. The Park Street outpost offers refined, budget-friendy, Peruvian-accented fast-casual cuisine with stellar Baja tacos.
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The fish taco, a deceptively simple dish, has its origins in Baja, Mexico, though several fishing villages – San Felipe and Ensenada among them – take credit for the street food now wildly popular up and down the California coast.
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The Bay Area’s taquerias offer many great grilled-fish taco dishes, but it can be surprisingly challenging to find a well-crafted fried-fish taco. Fortunately for Oakland, the chefs behind Cholita Linda, which started as a mobile food vendor, opened up a brick-and-mortar shop last spring in Temescal, where they now serve up their brilliant Baja fish tacos that fans previously could only find at farmers’ markets and festivals
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Vanessa Chavez started Cholita Linda at the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland, offering freshly made Baja fish and carnitas tacos and agua frescas. She now owns the wildly popular Temescal brick-and-mortar of the same name, but you can still enjoy her tacos at the waterfront farmers market.
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This taco outpost pops up at farmers markets around town, and it's a surefire bet at Sunday's Presidio Off the Grid. The fried tilapia taco is topped with plenty of shredded cabbage, cilantro, and a creamy sauce that's best accompanied with an agua fresca.
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The first time Cholita Linda’s Vanessa Chavez and Murat Sozeri came to sell their food at the Jack London Square farmers market in 2008, they were totally unprepared. They brought no ticket pads, so they had nothing on which to write orders. They didn’t think to bring change. In quickly writing the menu, Chavez wrote “spit tacos” rather than “spit-roasted tacos.” And they neglected to bring a thermometer for the oil, meaning it was either too hot or too cold, and their fried items all came out either over- or under-cooked.
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Cholita Linda's crispy fish tacos are coming to S.F. Ferry Building
Cholita Linda, a favorite for Latin American eats in the East Bay, is expanding to San Francisco for the first time with a restaurant inside the Ferry Building
The new restaurant is expected to open this winter in the former Mijita space, one of the building's largest locations at 1,300 square feet with prime waterfront views and its own dedicated patio.
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A long line at a mobile food vendor, as dreaded as it may be, has an irresistible appeal. There is a sense (sometimes misguided) that the lengthy line is an endorsement for the deliciousness of food being served, a populist seal of approval. I often make a concerted and contrarian effort to hit the shortest line, but sometimes curiosity gets the better of me and I file in like a baby duckling.
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At Cholita Linda, Temescal’s long-delayed, newly arrived taqueria, the music sounds as if it’s piped in straight from some street fair, the walls and counters are painted brilliant pastels, and the room seems impossibly bright (thanks to all the skylights) even on the grayest, gloomiest day. Leafy tropical plants and a faux balcony make you feel as though you’re eating in an outdoor courtyard — and if you’re craving the real thing, you’ll find an actual courtyard out back.
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Recently, Cholita Linda finally opened its doors to Temescal after a very long wait building out a bright and festive space on what used to be a drab stretch on Telegraph. Until the brick and mortar came into being, Cholita Linda existed only as a popular mainstay at Off The Grid and the Temescal Farmers' Market on Sundays, a spot that quickly grew notorious for its Baja-style fish tacos.
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And in Old Oakland, the Friday farmers market continues to be a launchpad for local talent (many of Oakland’s most popular places, like Bakesale Betty and Cholita Linda, got their start here), with current stand-out stall Flour Chylde Bakery serving up delicious gluten-free treats.
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Now that Cholita Linda is open, the crowds swell to the brick-and-mortar at noon and six o'clock, leaving their totes filled with carrots and kale at home. The restaurant is designed for daylight savings time, with windows as tall as giraffes and a dining room laid out like picnic grounds.
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Oakland local Vanessa Chavez, 32, grew up eating fresh, flavorful, often homegrown food in a multigenerational family of multicultural heritage who valued mealtimes. “A meal was an experience, something to come together and share, and the food was the main event,” says Chavez, raised by a Peruvian-Chinese mother who grew produce and a Cuban-Mexican father who fished and hunted. “They passed on their adventurous tastes and joy of cooking and eating well to me.”
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From farmers markets across the Bay Area to their Oakland and Alameda restaurants, Cholita Linda has been quintessential East Bay eatery since 2008. It serves Latin American fare — pulling family influence from owners Vanessa Chavez and Murat Sozeri’s heritage (Peru, Cuba, Mexico) — while expressing the vibrant diversity of the East Bay and Bay Area in general.
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The pan-Latin restaurant famed for its fish tacos has been open at 1337 Park Street since August 24. Whether or not you live on the island, you’ll be willing to cross a bridge or zoom through a tube for their Latin American street fare, which includes spit-roasted pollo al pastor, savory pulled pork Cubano sandwiches, pescado fritos plates and crave-worthy sangria that has been packing their brightly-colored Oakland location since it opened in 2014.
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Like all restaurants specializing in dine-in, Cholita Linda’s locations in Oakland and Alameda have now shifted to fulfilling takeout and delivery orders only. No problem—the fish tacos, delicate and bright, topped by Cholita Linda’s signature orange sauce; and its hearty asada sandwich, are still on the menu, ready for your consumption.
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You won't find better fish tacos in the bay (or on the land masses around it) than the ones at Oakland-based Cholita Linda. The exceptionally fresh fish (usually tilapia) is well-seasoned, firm, and perfectly fried, resulting in a shatter-crisp crust. There’s no greasiness, sogginess, or other -esses that immediately render fish tacos subpar and disappointing, and the toppings are on point, too -- the fish is simply dressed with a bright and crisp cabbage slaw, spicy salsa roja, and a little bit of crema for richness.
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If you’re wondering what to order at Cholita Linda, all of the dishes are excellent, but the crispy, Baja-style fish taco is the standout. The crispy fish, topped with cabbage slaw and a crema can’t be beat, now come paired with views of the water at the restaurant’s Ferry Building location.
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Cholita Linda opened quietly in the Ferry Building in the beginning of November, a rep for the food hall has confirmed. With existing locations in Oakland and Alameda, the restaurant is known for its Latin American street food, including Peruvian, Cuban, and Mexican fare, and this new outpost appears to now be serving Baja fish tacos and meaty Cubano sandwiches in a colorful space. It’s taking over the former Mijita location from star chef Traci Des Jardins, who left behind a big empty space with bay views, as well as a craving for good tacos.
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Founded by Vanessa Chavez and Murat Sozeri in 2008, Cholita Linda began as a stand at Oakland’s Jack London Square farmers market before opening two brick-and-mortar locations in Alameda and in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. Look for a menu of Mexican and Cuban favorites made with fresh, local ingredients, including Baja fish tacos, Cubano sandwiches, aguas frescas and craft cocktails.
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Cholita Linda started as a stand at Oakland’s Jack London Square Farmer’s Market in 2008 from founders Vanessa Chavez and Murat Sozeri, and has opened two brick-and-mortars in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood and in Alameda. Its menu includes tacos, hot-pressed sandwiches, salads, aguas frescas and cocktails in the spirit of Chavez’s Mexican, Peruvian and Cuban background.
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The Most Crave-Worthy Takeout in the East Bay: Cholita Linda
East Bay's favorite fish tacos are coming to the Ferry Building
In Oakland's Temescal neighborhood, fish taco fanatics fill the Telegraph Avenue sidewalk every day, waiting patiently for their dinnertime fix from Cholita Linda. Now, the popular Latin American restaurant is bringing its fan-favorite crispy fish tacos to San Francisco's Ferry Building.
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Known for its Latin American street fare, Cholita Linda is open for pickup and delivery in both Oakland and Alameda. Order the signature Papito, a steak and plantain sandwich; carne asada and tacos al pastor; and aquas frescas.
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This local franchise has one other area location. The pan-Latin fast-casual restaurant is known for its fish tacos, but Yelpers also recommend the al pastor tacos as well as sides like the yucca fries and plantains.
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In the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland sits a vibrant restaurant that serves mouthwatering Latin American street food. Cholita Linda, a local favorite, blesses the Bay Area with chef Vanessa Chavez’s tasty concoctions. I’m talking phenomenal fish tacos, Cuban sandwiches, delicious plates, and let’s not forget about the refreshing aguas frescas.
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Cholita Linda began as a stand at local farmers' markets, serving only a few taco choices and some aguas frescas, and is now also a brick-and-mortar Mexican/Cuban restaurant in Temescal that serves one of the best fried fish tacos in town. While the fish is tilapia, it’s a huge chunk, lightly battered and flash-fried, tucked into a La Finca tortilla and smothered in slaw and topped off with cilantro and crema. The sauce of choice is a salsa roja, a creamy, tomato-based chile sauce that is the secret recipe of the owner’s mother. For good measure, there’s habanero sauce on the table.
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Vanessa Chavez’s Cholita Linda began as a Jack London Square farmers market booth selling tacos and aguas frescas and has since grown into three brightly-colored brick-and-mortar locations. Everything is made from scratch at Cholita Linda—don’t miss their crispy fish tacos.