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Left Coast Taco gives East Aurora a taste of San Diego

A San Diego native has opened a small taqueria to give East Aurora a taste of California.

Nathan Root and his wife Chelsea have opened Left Coast Taco at 630 Oakwood Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Pizza Del Aureo's, which has moved down the plaza.

The counter-service restaurant offers a tidy menu based around its marinated taco meats, plus a vegan option made out of braised tropical fruit. The Roots also run Roots Kitchen, which does the food for 42 North Brewing Company's tasting room.

Among its other items are Cali fries ($10) French fries topped with taco meat – the carne asada version is famous in San Diego – and rolled tacos, corn tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken, deep-fried and dressed with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and cheese ($6.50).

So far the rolled tacos are a best-seller, after the fish taco ($4.50), with beer-battered fish, cabbage, crema and chili-garlic hot sauce.

Tacos ($3.50) are filled with meats like carne asada (steak), citrus chicken, braised and chile-pineapple pork, tongue and shrimp. The vegan tacos are made from jackfruit, cooked until it's a pulled-pork-like texture, and seasoned like meat, but entirely vegetable. Customers can dress their tacos with green and red housemade salsa, onion and cilantro.

In a nod to local preferences, there's also a crispy corn shell filled with ground beef, sour cream and cheddar.

Tortas ($10), Mexican-style sandwiches, area also available, stuffed with choice of filling.

The restaurant has eight seats, but is mostly carry-out, Root said. There's no alcohol.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday. Phone: 805-7724.

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