622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA | Directions 9310334.428039 -119.687136
Neighborhoods: Lower East
Not all it's cracked up to be. – Let me start by saying I had high expectations based on all the hype i've heard about this place. It consists of a dirty shack and a small area filled with filthy plasic furniture. The eating area is covered with a blue plasic tarp and is crammed with tables. Profuse knowlage of obstacle courses is required to locate a table. Many people excuse the environment with the excuse that the food is good. I ordered chicken tacos. It was perhaps the greasiest food i've ever had. The tortillas were limp from their fat saturation and the chicken was tough and overcooked and despite the six dollar or so price it could not have been bigger than a saucer. I was very dissapointed.
The food is good but highly overrated – Alright...the food IS tasty, fresh & authentic. But some people here are way too effervecent in their praise. In terms of California standards, it is above average but doesn't hold a candle to the Taco Meccas in Los Angeles like Loteria Grill, or Tacomiendo. In terms of Mexico standards, it is average AT BEST. A couple of notes:
(1) Presentation is terrible even for Taqueria standards.
(2) No attention to textures (the Rajas Taco is limp & gooey)
(3) The flavors are simple & undeveloped (did not use Aged Cheese)
(4) The salsas were way off (The Green salsa had way too much ground coriander)
(5) Yes the food is authentic, but it is from Sinaloa which in the Mexican Culinary world
is like having the Central Valley represent California Cuisine.
(6) Finally, La Super Rica would have ABSOLUTELY NO chance of surving in my native
Great Food, Simple Dining – This is a Santa Barbara landmark, praised by Julia Childs and me! The food is wholesome and tasty. Another review complains about the price. For the $13 they spent, this is a really great deal in Santa Barbara. This place does not use canned items unless it cannot be made from scratch. Try that at any "taco stand" in Santa Barbara - you'll pay more than the great $13! Remember, even though this is in an area that appears low-rent, there are very few low-rent areas in Santa Barbara, and all restaurant food is therefore expensive.
Excellent food – I tried this after seeing it on Best of Citysearch. I couldn't find this restaurant initially. They don't have a board visible even if you are in front of it. But it is difficult to miss the people waiting outside in a line.
You have to wait in line, place your order, wait for a table, and get your food. They don't provide water. Bring your own or purchase a drink or bottled water.
Menu is different from most other mexican restaurants, all priced around $3-4. They have about 4 good vegetarian choices. The food was excellent, but there were flies in the dining area.
Tortillas were made fresh to order. Food is just enough and cheap. No leftovers to throw away.
Authentic taco stand defines "gourmet street food." – The Scene
Even though La Super-Rica is most famous for being Julia Child's favorite taco stand, this humble shack deserves its privileged status. Need proof? Just ask one of the many hungry diners patiently waiting up to an hour for their order. No matter what time of day, a long line snakes around the whitewashed shack.
The tiny kitchen ventures well beyond the usual taco-stand fare, with dishes such as a vegetable tamale stuffed with chayote, corn, zucchini and potatoes. Even tacos, made with thick, handmade corn tortillas, conquer unfamiliar territory; taco de rajas, a tangle of grilled pasilla chiles and onions, is blanketed with melted cheese, and the taco de calabacitas plays tender marinated pork off stewed zucchini and molten cheese. But the most popular dish is the Super-Rica Special, a pasilla chile stuffed with tender grilled pork, roasted till it's just barely charred.
Best Mexican food in the USA – This place is the best ever. It takes at least 3 times before it grows on you, for some it's the first time. If you don't agree, then go to taco bell. This place rules the world. I haven't seen Mexican food this good even in Mexico. Remember, this is a taco joint, not formal dining.
Overated – This place is way overated. Not enough food for the price and what you do get is not all that good.
GREAT Stuff Here – We were told by locals this is the place to try - we did so and were not disappointed. The food is very fresh, you can watch the cooks prepare your meal from scratch. The taste and quality shows. The prices are very reasonable given the quality of their offerings. We suggest you gather several friends and order a variety of tacos - don't forget the great beans! The only thing we missed here is tortilla chips, otherwise this place would be the perfect 10. Try them, we think you'll be glad you did.
SHHH - GREAT STUFF HERE! – Tried this place a couple of weeks ago when in town for the Santana concert at the SB Bowl. The food was authentic, tasty AND reasonably priced. Yes, there is a line usually we are told, and now we know why! Suggest trying various taco items and the beans should not be missed as they are different than what you normally see at Mexican restaurants - they are not refried (smashed) and topped with bright orange cheese! Here they do what they call "ranch style" and the results are terrific. If you love great Mexican food, and have time to wait for it, this is one of the best places around for this type of fare. No doubt about it!
Picante – Line up, order in Spanish, fight for a table, and BUEN PROVECHO. This is heaven in a (homemade) tortilla.
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