Tumerico

Mexican | Vegan-Friendly | Vegetarian
Memorable
One of the best
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Meatlessness never tasted so good.

Tumerico’s chef and owner Wendy Garcia, who cooks by eye and taste without written recipes, creates an ever-changing repertoire of memorable Mexican food that is strictly vegetarian and in most cases, vegan. She even makes gluten-free tortillas from rice and garbanzo bean flour.

Many dishes written on the day’s blackboard might be meatless in any restaurant: hearty potato tacos, calabacitas mole, sweet potato pancakes, butternut squash tamales, and huevos rancheros.

Chef also is a wizard at creating meals that seem to be composed of animal flesh but are not. Spicy tacos al pastor are made not with pork, but with chunks of jackfruit that do a brilliant impersonation of carnitas: succulent, slightly chewy, radiant with flavor. Carne asada, which includes eggplant chicharones and soy chorizo, is an amazing trompe la langue that doesn’t miss red meat at all.

Tumerico is a no-frills restaurant bursting with the energy of a mission-focused chef. Wendy is a hands-on proprietor who is ubiquitous: greeting customers, taking orders at the counter, and overseeing food prep for crowds of devotees.

Dinner is served Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. The rest of the week, Tumerico is open from 10am to 3pm.

What to Eat
Tumerico, Potato Tacos
Potato Tacos
Must-Try
Beautifully crisped tortillas hold potato tacos.
Tumerico, Tacos Al Pastor
Tacos Al Pastor
Must-Try
Jackfruit chunks impersonate pork in meatless tacos al pastor.
Tumerico, Mole Calabacitas
Mole Calabacitas
Must-Try
Mole calabacitas is a swirl of intense veggie flavor.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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