10/03/2013 02:30AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Kelly Soderlund, © Style Media Group.
Like most regional cuisine, finding an authentic restaurant can be a difficult task in the suburbs.
This is especially true of Mexican food. Luckily, Roseville residents have Jalisco Grill to satisfy its collective craving for the “real thing,” with notoriously large portions at affordable prices to boot. I visited their third and newest location off of Sierra College Boulevard recently in desperate desire of a good, cold caldo (soup) to take the edge off the blistering heat. Providentially, Jalisco offers three different seafood versions for their patrons, and unfortunately, that makes deciding on one rather challenging. Eventually, I settled on their Campechana Camaron y Pulpa, a seafood cocktail made with baby octopus and shrimp. The seafood was prepared in its broth with vegetable juice, lime juice, ketchup, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, avocado, cilantro and jalapeños. My campechana was perfect: cool cucumber, delicately chewy seafood, buttery avocado and fiery jalapeño are, in my mind, a perfect marriage of some of Mother Nature’s finest offerings. It also makes for a great hangover cure—for which its restorative properties are renowned. I didn’t have a hangover, but after devouring my oversized caldo, I was grateful to have all my senses working to appreciate Jalisco’s dedication to delicious authentic Mexican food. Jalisco Grill, 9290 Sierra College Boulevard, Suite 100, Roseville. 916-788-1737, jaliscogrill.com.