Tuesday, November 2, 2021

A Bright Spot on the Hill

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 9:59 AM

Under a cloudless sky, a five-piece Mexican band played to the side of the parking lot at the Oct. 9 grand opening of Taqueria Tecoman (2003 Eich Road, Eureka). The speakers were cranked high enough to cause ripples in your horchata.

After nearly three decades of working in restaurants from Rita's to Chapalas to Jalisco's, owner Enrique Perez, ready for a business of his own, took the lease at the Tecoman spot in 2020. In the dearth of restaurant options on Humboldt Hill, he saw an opportunity. His hope was to set up a taqueria like the ones in his hometown of Mexico City. "You know, you eat on the street," he says, noting the importance of the house made beans and tortillas, as well as al pastor cooked on a trompo, or vertical spit.
The sincronizada, the lighter cousin of the quesadilla. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The sincronizada, the lighter cousin of the quesadilla.

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