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July 29, 2009 > Restaurant Review: Mission Jarrito

Restaurant Review: Mission Jarrito

By JD Wolfe

Do you often wonder how a restaurant has been around for nearly 20 years and now everyone is just discovering it? Well, that is NOT the case with Mission Jarrito. Jess and his daughter had already built and run a successful restaurant in Union City back in the 1980's. They moved it to Fremont on Washington Boulevard in the Ohlone Village In 1990 and their loyal customers followed.

Mission Jarrito is located on Washington Boulevard just east of Hwy 680 in Ohlone Village. This well-known local restaurant specializes in Mexican food so, as the Fourth of July weekend arrived and we decided to take a break, off we went to Mission Jarrito.

Chips and salsa immediately arrived at our table but I should issue a warning here. Do not rush and dig in on chips and salsa before anything else arrives! Instead, order the homemade guacamole dip and when it arrives, then you can dig in! This has to be one of the best guacamole dips around and I thought this BEFORE I found out it is made fresh every morning every day. Good food speaks for itself. Jess comes in early and makes it from scratch. You have to order this!

We now faced a difficult decision. While our taste buds were being assaulted with fantastic guacamole dip coupled with the super good salsa, it was time to order dinner.

My wife ordered the Shrimp Fajitas; it came with a side of more guacamole and sour cream, accompanied by traditional refried beans and rice. With warm flour tortillas she made wonderful wraps and I did not have to sample it to know she was enjoying her dinner. She confirmed this through comments on how good it tasted. She is very quick to tell me when something is not up to her standards and very slow to issue compliments. I finally figured out her method; if she likes it she is too busy eating for commentary. She is a culinary litmus test.

I ordered a Cheese Enchilada and Chile Relleno. The meal came with the rice and refried beans. I also asked for a dollop of sour cream on the top of the Enchilada. I like to eat well, what can I say?

The Chile Relleno was smothered in a sauce that was divine. You just have to trust me on this. The large perfectly cooked pepper was easily cut with the edge of the fork. It is hard to explain how a simple Cheese Enchilada can be so good but when you couple it with a little sour cream and the sauce they put in it, well...

Unfortunately, there is a negative side to a meal soooo good. We had to make a very tough decision... asking for people bags so we could delicately move the remaining part of our meals with surgical precision to avoid angering the perfect blend of ingredients. Our efforts were well rewarded when we dined at home for lunch the next day.

When you want a great meal at an easily accessible place with clean and comfortable dining facilities, do not hesitate to dine at Mission Jarrito. The restrooms and kitchen reflect the dining area and are also clean as a whistle. Make sure you stop by the bar and say hello to Jess.

I am now continuing my mission to seek out other local places to dine where many have gone before and others should. For now I will simply say, Gracias, Mission Jarrito!

Reviewed 2009-07-02

1530 Washington Blvd., Fremont

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