This taqueria is tucked away on Amador Plaza Road in Dublin, just across the street from Target. And actually, it’s not really “tucked” anywhere – it’s right on the road for all to see as they drive by, though you do have to be on Amador Plaza Road to see it – it’s not on the main Boulevard. Azteca is in an unassuming commercial string of buildings, plain stucco, gently slopipng roofs; nice but not elaborate. Our trip to the nearby Target had suffered due to extreme hunger grumpiness, so we needed a place nearby and we had no time for arguing. Azteca did it’s duty in this regard….
This branch of Yanagi can be found on Dublin Boulevard in Dublin, far from the center of trade for the rest of the restaurants in this small chain. We were first introduced to Yanagi in San Luis Obispo, where my boyfriend and I went to college. Yanagi is our favorite restaurant in SLO and we make a b-line for the front doors every time we visit. To our delight, the Dublin location left us just as happy as our much beloved Central Coast counterpart.
I’ll cut right to it – the best part of Yanagi is the menu. This place is first class in so many ways, but it really shines through when you open the giant leather bound book to select your dinner of choice. Firstly, the menu is huge. I don’t just mean for selection (which is also plentiful), I mean physically huge – the thing is a monster. You know they’re serious when they hand you a menu that weighs more than the chair you’re sitting on. Next, there are pictures of each dish on the menu. Not crappy, unappetizing pictures, but real, professional, make-you-want-to-order-one-of-everything pictures. Everything looks fabulous, and, having tried nearly everything, I can tell you that pretty much all of it is.