Taqueria Jimenez--tucked snuggly against the Stateline Lodge--does a great job of staying hidden and under the "tourist radar." At once commonly overlooked and uncommonly delicious, this taqueria is one of the hidden jewels of the South Lake Tahoe food scene. Offering the cheapest and arguably some of the best food in the casino district, this hole-in-the-wall is inconspicuously located at 913 Friday Avenue. Unpretentious in the extreme, Taqueria Jimenez is about as authentic Mexican as you can get on the south shore.
When undertaking the endeavor of finding and eating at Taqueria Jimenez you should expect the mix of a burrito truck contrasted by a legit South-of-the-border taqueria joint. Founded and managed by Alejandro Jimenez, this taqueria has been a completely family-run establishment since its' inception. Not Tex-Mex, not all-you-can-eat chips and salsa, not extravagant wet burrito dinner plates--Jimenez deals in tacos and burritos, and takes the trade very seriously. Few places in Tahoe, and moreover the United States, serve $1 tacos--but Jimenez does. Freshly griddled corn tortilla, you choose your meat, salsa, and squeeze your lime for good measure; this place is straight out of Baja! My pick: two carnitas and two asada tacos with salsa picante and a touch of cilantro--a four dollar meal seldom tastes this good...
One visit to Taqueria Jimenez is all it takes to convince you that this is a local's haunt, however, the authenticity of this establishment is further confirmed by the large number of Latino patrons that it receives. Eating at Jimenez--the television is speaking Spanish, the customers are speaking Spanish, and though not required, you might also want to speak some Spanish too. Chef Jimenez takes great pride in his simple and true-to-root's kitchen, and if you give it a try, you'll understand why.