Over the years, I've embarked on a gastronomic journey through this city, savoring every mouthful from the myriad of exceptional dining establishments that dot its landscape.
From cozy, ethnic holes-in-the-wall to upscale eateries that serve culinary masterpieces, Delano has something for everyone.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself
Hole in One Cafe
There's nothing like waking up on a Sunday morning knowing I'm going to have a hearty brunch at Hole in One Cafe.
The smell of steak ranchero and eggs sizzling on the griddle is enough to pull anyone out of bed.
Every bite is a delightful fusion of flavors; the tender, succulent meat and the charred panela cheese are always a satisfying combination.
Visiting Hole in One on special occasions like Easter is an absolute treat.
The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for just $15 is a steal.
What's not to love about homemade food that tastes like it comes straight from a family kitchen?
It feels like dropping by a friend's house for a meal - comfortable, familiar, and absolutely delicious.
But what truly sets Hole in One Cafe apart is the warm and welcoming ambiance.
Whether we're indulging in crispy chicken wings and fries or savoring the flavorful birria with pot beans and a refreshing salad, her friendly personality enhances the entire dining experience.
Los 3 Plebes
Every week, without fail, I find myself gravitating toward the delicious smells and vibrant atmosphere of Los 3 Plebes.
It's not just a restaurant; it's an experience that makes my taste buds dance with delight.
Although the menu offers a variety of mouth-watering options, there's one particular dish that has me hooked: the baked potato.
We're not talking about just any baked potato - these are massive, overflowing with deliciousness, and worth every cent.
Sure, they've increased the price to $10 each, but it's a cost I'm more than willing to pay for the gastronomic delight it brings.
I'm particularly partial to the baked potato with bacon.
The salty crunch of the bacon, combined with the soft, fluffy potato, creates an exquisite balance of flavors that's simply out of this world.
If there's one thing I've learned as a long-time resident of this city, it's that when the craving for seafood strikes, there's one spot that never disappoints: Broski Mariscos.
Let me take you on a flavorful journey to this hidden gem.
Picture this: The tantalizing aroma of fresh ingredients hits your nostrils as soon as you walk in.
It's a scent that promises a culinary experience you won't forget anytime soon.
Broski Mariscos does not just serve food; it serves tastes that dance on your tongue and leave an indelible imprint on your pallet.
Their menu is a treasure trove of seafood delights, starting with their shrimp cocktails and oyster shooters.
And who could forget the micheladas?
While they don't serve alcohol, they do provide the mix, and boy, is it a treat.
But if I had to recommend just one thing, it would be the shrimp Torre.
This beautifully built, mouthwatering dish is a symphony of flavors and spices that you simply can't go wrong with.
And if you're feeling adventurous, dig into the fiery red Campechanas.
These juicy offerings are phenomenal and will fill you up in no time.
And then there's the ceviche, oh, the ceviche!
To say it's stellar would be an understatement.
Throw your diet plans to the wind because when you walk into Elmer's Drive-In, you're there for one thing – the mouth-watering, soul-satisfying burgers.
As a kid, my mom used to take me to Elmer’s.
I'd always go for the baby burger and fries, a classic combo that has stood the test of time.
Even today, it's still on the menu, just as delicious as before, if not more.
Over the years, Elmer's has remained a constant in our ever-changing city, serving consistently amazing food.
The burgers are big, juicy, and customizable with tasty ingredients.
Each bite is a harmony of flavors, making for an all-around delicious experience.
And let's not forget about the fries.
They’re always perfectly fried and seasoned, proving that you can't go wrong with the classics at Elmer's.
Eating at Elmer's isn't just about the food, though.
It's a walk down memory lane, and each visit brings back a wave of nostalgia.
Oh, the joy of culinary explorations at Rufy's!
It’s not just about eating; it's about an adventure for your taste buds.
Every visit to Rufy's is like a fiesta of flavors, with their incredibly diverse menu that takes you on a journey from traditional Mexican dishes to some creative culinary experiments.
Whether it's a typical craving for tacos and burritos or my adventurous side looking for something out of the ordinary, Rufy's never fails to surprise me.
I still remember the first time I tried their Takis and Doritos-infused dishes - it was a crazy, unexpected delight that left me wanting more.
The highlight of my visits to Rufy's has always been their horchata – it’s absolutely bangin'!
The sweetness, the creamy texture, it's just perfect.
And if you ever find yourself there, do yourself a favor and order the churro sundae.
I promise it's fire!
Old Hacienda Restaurant
Let me tell you about a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Delano, the Old Hacienda Restaurant.
What truly sets this place apart is the authenticity of its dishes.
With the simplest of recipes, they've somehow managed to capture the essence of Mexico on a plate.
Believe me, when I say you don't need a passport to Mexico to delight in its culinary wonders - you just need to be in Delano.
Need a spot for your next business meeting, party, or gathering?
Look no further.
The Old Hacienda Restaurant can comfortably accommodate all of your needs.
The moment you step inside, you'll be greeted by a warmly lit ambiance that's both calming and uplifting.
Trust me, and there's nothing like savoring a good meal in such a bright and cheerful environment.
Now, let's talk about the food.
On a recent breakfast visit, I had the pleasure of trying their chorizo and pancakes - and oh, what a delight it was.
The food was not only flavorful but also reasonably priced.
And the portions?
Generous enough to warrant a to-go box for later.
The complimentary chips and salsa were the perfect cherry on top.
New China Restaurant
Who knew that the best Chinese cuisine in the California valley was tucked away in Delano at the New China Restaurant?
I remember my first time stepping foot into the establishment; the aroma of Chinese spices wafting through the air stirred up an immediate appetite.
I ordered a medley of dishes, starting with the wonton soup, which arrived piping hot and bursting with flavor.
The fried mushrooms were a pleasant surprise - the size of them initially took me aback, but one bite into the crunchy exterior unveiled a delicious, juicy interior.
Needless to say, the serving sizes were generous, leaving me comfortably full and satisfied.
I often opt for the almond chicken, a dish that never fails to impress with its tender meat and rich flavors.
I've also tried the beef and pork fried rice, both without onions, and they're both perfectly cooked and incredibly tasty.
There's nothing like a hearty meal of Chinese food to end the day, and New China Restaurant delivers just that.
But it's not just the food that won me over.
Their warm smiles and helpful service make every visit feel like a return to a familiar home.
Even on busy evenings, they manage to keep the place spotless and inviting.
TACOS EL PRIMO
I found myself back at TACOS EL PRIMO, a place that's become a local favorite for taco lovers in the city.
The affordability of their tacos is what really catches attention - it's hard to resist a $1 taco deal!
The tacos were always excellent, filled with well-cooked meat and wrapped in soft tortillas.
I personally love their tacos de cabeza, though I noticed a lot of people ordering the al pastor.
It's a matter of personal preference, I guess.
Taqueria Y Mariscos Tepa
Don't let its humble exterior fool you, Taqueria Y Mariscos Tepa is a gem hiding in plain sight.
It's my go-to place whenever I crave authentic tacos.
You'll be amazed at the abundance of flavor packed into each taco.
The lengua, cabeza, and carnitas are my personal favorites, and they're all competitively priced.
Consider ordering the Buche tacos, too; they are scrumptious and perfectly moist.
On Sundays, you're in for a special treat as they serve birria de borrego and menudo, a delicacy that's hard to find elsewhere.
If you're a food lover like me and are eager to try out new culinary experiences, the flavors at Taqueria Y Mariscos Tepa are worth your time.
Marisco's La Gloria
There's something about the magic of Marisco's La Gloria that I frequently find myself drawn to.
The aromatic, savory scents wafting from the place are hard to ignore.
The shrimp cocktail here is something of a local legend to us.
Each bite is a marvelous concoction of flavors that transport you straight to the heart of the sea.
However, if you're a fan of avocados like me, you might need to specifically ask for them in your cocktail.
The first time I did that, they charged me extra for the avocado.
It was a surprise as I'd assumed it was part of the dish.
But let me tell you, despite the $3 addition, the creamy goodness of the avocado complemented the shrimp cocktail perfectly.
Delicious beyond words!
Aldo's Mexican Food
You know when you stumble across something so unexpectedly amazing that it feels like you've discovered a hidden treasure?
That's how I felt the first time I bit into a burrito from Aldo's Mexican Food.
Nestled inconspicuously within a gas station, this place is the epitome of 'don't judge a book by its cover' or, in this case, a restaurant by its location.
The welcoming ladies who run the place have a knack for whipping up some of the best Mexican food I've ever tasted.
I swear by their breakfast burrito - it's so massive and packed with flavors that it takes me a whole day to recover from its delicious assault.
And it's not just about the food - the atmosphere is a delight as well.
If there's one thing I've learned from living around here, it's that there are hidden gems everywhere.
Take Oishi Sushi, for instance.
A friend from work had recommended me to this place, and boy, I'm glad they did.
Their menu is a delightful surprise.
I decided to go with the Shrimp Fiesta Roll and the Shrimp and Veggie Tempura, and it was a sushi fest I won't soon forget.
The Shrimp Fiesta roll was a celebration in my mouth - a perfect blend of spicy and tangy flavors that left me craving for more.
The Shrimp and Veggie Tempura, although a bit heavy on the batter, was cooked to perfection, with the Tempura giving an excellent crunch to the soft shrimp and veggies.
But the star of the show was undoubtedly the sashimi.
It was absolutely heavenly; the fish was so fresh it practically melted in my mouth.
The rolls were also delicious, each one perfect in its own unique way.
And the salads, don't even get me started on those.
They were so flavorful, with the sauces being the icing on the cake.
Mariscos Las Islitas
There's nothing quite like the tantalizing aroma of fresh seafood at Mariscos Las Islitas in Delano.
Among all the seafood joints I've been to, this one takes the top spot.
Their fish tacos are a revelation, offering a unique and distinct flavor that separates them from the rest.
The green salsa they serve with them is a culinary delight, adding an extra layer of depth to the taste.
Ceviche is another dish that they've mastered.
Prepared in the style of Nayarit, a coastal region known for its seafood, the vibrant flavors of the ceviche are an absolute treat.
Lunch or dinner, Mariscos Las Islitas never disappoints.
The portions they serve are generous and filled with flavor.
The piña cantamar is another recommendation - it's a bit pricey, but every bite is worth it.
La Perla Tapatia Restaurant
Trust me when I say the best tacos in the city can be found at none other than La Perla Tapatia Restaurant.
It's the hidden gem of our city that offers a truly authentic Mexican experience.
The first time I stepped into this restaurant, the aroma of handmade tortillas tickled my senses, and I knew I was in for a treat.
The tacos, freshly made and packed with flavor, are a must-try.
Sharing a meal here with a friend has become a cherished pastime.
And it's not just about the tacos - the extensive menu has so much more to explore.
With each visit, I feel like I'm embarking on a new culinary adventure.
Charros Mexican Food
If you're looking for an authentic taste of Mexico right here in our neighborhood, look no further than Charros Mexican Food.
I've had my fair share of Mexican food over the years, and let me tell you, Charros does it to perfection.
Their menu boasts a variety of traditional dishes, but trust me when I say you must try the carne asada torta.
The beef is seasoned to perfection, making every bite a delectable journey to our neighboring country.
The taquitos, while they lean more towards the mild side, perfectly complement the robust flavors of their sides.
Don't even get me started on what I like to call their "showstopper" - the charro dogs.
Imagine a hotdog but with a Mexican twist: wrapped in bacon and topped with tomato, sautéed onions, ketchup, and sour cream.
They are truly a flavor explosion!
Charros isn't just about the food, though.
Plus, they're super accommodating, even for my service animal, which is a big plus.
Mariscos El Paraiso
Another day, another delightful dive into the mouthwatering world at Mariscos El Paraiso.
It's my go-to spot when my taste buds yearn for some tantalizing shrimp ceviche or some fish tacos that are simply out of this world.
It's not just these seafood delights that draw me in, their carne asada and fajitas are a culinary delight too, capturing the essence of authentic Mexican cuisine.
Some days, the place could use a little sprucing, but don't let that deter you.
It's all part of the charm.
Yes, the service may be a bit slow, but that's only because every dish is freshly prepared to order, making the wait entirely worth it.
For me, the best part of Mariscos El Paraiso has to be the shrimp empanadas with peach-colored sauce.
There's something incredibly satisfying about biting into the warm, delicious pastry and savoring the rich, flavorful filling.
It takes me right back to the heart of Mexico every single time.
Oh, and let's not forget about the Micheladas.
They're the real bomb!
It's the perfect balance of flavors - tangy, spicy, refreshing - a true masterpiece in a glass.
There's a spot in the city that serves up comfort food like no other, a little gem called Taco Mex.
Let me tell you, if you're in the mood for the true taste of Mexican cuisine, this is the place to be.
From their Sunday menudo to the chilaquiles, every dish is a flavorful journey into the heart of Mexican tradition.
You can taste the authenticity in every bite!
What sets Taco Mex apart is their home-style cooking.
The barbacoa is a must-try; it's simply delicious, and the homemade salsa adds just the right kick.
But be warned, it can get busy, especially around meal times.
But hey, isn't that the sign of a great eatery?
So, don't be deterred; the wait is absolutely worth it.
As a regular, I can vouch for the consistent quality and the welcoming atmosphere.
Never a disappointment, Taco Mex is a staple in our local food scene.
Have you ever had a craving for seafood that you just can't shake off?
That's exactly what happened to me one Saturday.
On a whim, I decided to head over to Yummy Crabbylicious, one of our local seafood joints known for its variety of sauces and experiences.
Their Cajun sauce was a flavor bomb, enough to make your tastebuds dance.
My partner, too, seemed to enjoy their Lemon Pepper sauce.
The king crab was a delightful experience.
We ordered a pound of Cajun mild, not too spicy, accompanied by sausage, corn, and potatoes.
Every city has its culinary gem, and in Delano, it's the Janitzio Restaurant.
Nestled in the heart of the city, this place never fails to satisfy my cravings for authentic Mexican food.
Their menu is a treasure trove of delectable dishes, each one filled with the distinct flavors of Mexico.
Here, I can always count on enjoying a fresh, flavorful meal that doesn't put a dent in my wallet.
One bite of their tacos, and you'll be transported straight to the bustling streets of Mexico City.
Not only are they the best you can find in Delano, but they are, without a doubt, some of the tastiest I've ever had.
I'm also a big fan of their plates, which are always generously served and consistently delicious.
If you're lucky enough to visit on a weekend, don't pass up the chance to try their Menudo.
I make it a point to pick up a takeout every other Sunday, and it has never been anything short of amazing.
What sets Janitzio Restaurant apart even more, is their warmth and hospitality.
A whiff of the tantalizing aroma wafting from Lupe's Restaurant is all it takes to pull me in every time.
This cozy eatery has been my haven for the most delectable Mexican cuisine I have ever tasted.
I've tried almost everything on their menu, and I still find myself surprised by their consistent excellence in taste.
I'll never forget the first time I bit into their cheese enchiladas, a classic Lupe's plate that has never failed to satisfy my cravings.
It's got the perfect blend of cheese, sauce, and tortilla that simply melts in your mouth.
And let's not forget their homemade tortillas - oh, they're a revelation!
Just one bite, and you're transported straight to culinary heaven.
The unique experience doesn't end with the food.
The restaurant, with its inviting environment, is the perfect place to sit down and savor an exceptional meal.
For those who are looking for quality food and service at great prices, Lupe's Restaurant is a must-visit.
And did I mention the burgers?
They're an unexpected hit on the menu - absolutely lip-smacking!
You know, you'd think in a city this size, everyone would know about the hidden gems.
But for me, it was just another day when I stumbled upon Jenny's Cafe.
And boy, was it a revelation!
From the outside, it's as unassuming as any eatery you'd find in our humble city.
But as soon as you step inside, there's a warmth that welcomes you.
It's not just the friendly smiles or the comfortable, laid-back atmosphere.
It's the sense of authenticity, a feeling that you're in for a real treat.
Let me tell you about my first encounter with their Mexican cuisine.
I admit, there was a unique taste to it.
Initially, I was a bit puzzled, thinking maybe it was a bit off.
But the more I tasted it, the more I found myself appreciating the flavors.
They weren't your typical run-of-the-mill Mexican fare.
They had a certain character to them - a blend of traditional and creative.
Generals Cafe & Grill
You know, there's a little gem tucked away here in the city that I've taken a shining to– it's called Generals Cafe & Grill.
There's an unmistakable charm to it that you can't help but fall in love with.
You know, they say you can judge a place by how they treat their regulars, and Generals Cafe & Grill definitely speaks volumes in that regard.
The food is reminiscent of a hearty home-cooked meal, always hot and well-prepared.
I've tried a bit of everything from their menu - the omelets, pancakes, and even the ribeye steak with mushrooms, and I must say, they've all been quite satisfying.
And the best part?
They serve breakfast all day.
Who doesn't love an all-day breakfast, right?
Whether I'm indulging in some succulent seafood at Broski Mariscos or enjoying an old-school burger at Elmer's Drive-In, I'm constantly reminded of the city's exceptional gastronomy.
It is a joy to be part of a community with such a vast and vibrant dining scene.