Fresno loves its Mexican food and now there are two new places to get it. One is a nice sit-down restaurant in northwest Fresno, and the other is a quick taqueria on Fulton Mall.
The first, the newly opened SABORmx at 4045 W. Figarden Drive, is next to Steven’s Bicycles’ new location on the Figarden loop.
Sabor is Spanish for “flavor” and the “mx” is a nod to Mexico.
“We’re trying to do authentic, delicious [food] in a really nice ambiance,” says co-owner Santos Arevalo. “This is not your typical restaurant where everything is served with sour cream and rice.”
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You’ll find cloth napkins and water glasses on the table and a menu full of recipes from co-owner Alberto Torres’ mom, Eva.
She’s busy cooking in the kitchen, dishes such as enchiladas with authentic mole sauce where you can taste the hint of chocolate and one other “secret ingredient,” he says.
There’s carne asada that is not chopped-up chunks of meat, but an actual grilled rib-eye steak — a recipe that Torres grew up with — served with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables and topped with chipotle butter for $21.95.
Prices run a little higher than the average Mexican restaurant here.
It serves the basics though, too: taquitos, fish tacos, burritos and chicharrones, the crispy pork skins with chili-lemon salt.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 4-9 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Taqueria El Guero
If it’s a quick meal you’re looking for, Taqueria El Guero opened in December at 1139 Fulton Mall, just south of Fresno Street.
The menu here is huge. There’s breakfast and lunch, all the basics — tacos, combo plates, enchiladas, etc. — and lots of seafood.
The shrimp fajita is popular and the burritos are big, the owners say. There are vegetarian options, too.
Customer Manuel Salciedo was in the middle of telling me how big the tacos were when his dish came out. The mojarra frita plate had a huge whole fish, what looked like a whole avocado cut into slices, and rice and beans.
Taqueria El Guero makes party trays, too. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No websites or social media for this place. If you need them, call (559) 489-0551.