Fresh flour tortilla shells piled so high with chunks of meat, veggies and cheese that you have to morph the shell into a mini-burrito just to keep it all intact; this is how a taco should be. And it's exactly how they're served up at Sabor Michoacan. The family-owned and operated restaurant offers eight different varieties at $1.75 apiece. The low prices make it tempting to try one of each, but you'll probably be full after two or three, especially after noshing on the free chips and salsa. The complimentary trio of dips includes salsa verde, chili paste and refried beans (gloriously sprinkled with fresh queso).
The menu, written in both Spanish and English, is divided into several savory sections: tacos, burritos, tostadas, tortas, gorditas and entree-size dishes. Each category has at least one vegetarian option and an entire breakfast menu is available during morning hours. It's also known to have some of the city's best ceviche.
The interior is a cross between a retro soda shop and a garden patio. One side of the restaurant is consumed by a '50s-style counter with red cushioned bar stools, while the other side is lined with white iron-wrought glass-topped tables. Canvases of floral paintings (think modern Georgia O'Keefe) hang on the lime-green-and-orange tiled walls and a colorful striped curtain separates the kitchen and dining area.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden