CLOSED: Velasco's North of the Border

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    ( 4 reviews )



190 Kentucky St, Petaluma, California, USA, 94952

Serves meat, vegan options available. Though menu is mostly meat and typical Mexican food, the beans and rice is made without animal products. Will accommodate vegans and special diet requests, in a town with few options. JAN 2016 REPORTED SHUT CONFIRMED BY ITS FB.

Categories: Lacto, Beer/Wine, Mexican, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by Me

New Vegan Menu - Edit

Velasco's North of the Border has always had a few vegetarian/vegan compatible options on the menu. To my pleasant surprise they now have a vegan menu with many options. I ordered a yummy burrito with sweet potato, peppers, avocado, black beans and seasoned rice. Next visit I had a taco with vegan chorizo and black beans, and a tostada with a spiced lentil and cauliflower filling. Everything was very tasty. There are more menu items that I look forward to trying.

It is great to have more options than a "veggie burrito no sour cream no cheese" type of experience.

They also have excellent chips and salsa, great aguas frescas, and a vegan cashew cheese.

The setting is pleasant on a pretty down town street, and the service is above average.

I highly recommend paying them a visit.

Pros: Vegan Menu, Great Location, Great Food

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Good Food, Terrible Service - Edit

They have a fantastic "Rancher's Salad" (order without cheese). It has cabbage and jicama and cilantro and radish and all of those really fresh crisp foods you often miss out on at Mexican restaurants.
My husband loves the avocado tostado.
However, they are always understaffed. We go in and there is one server during a busy time. It's so frustrating. We try to ignore it (I love that salad!) but then the owner walks around to chat with all the customers she knows. Meanwhile we have been out of waters and salsa for 20 minutes and trying to get our check. It happens every time.

Pros: the salad!, avocado tostado, location

Cons: understaffed , bad service, the smell of seafood can be really overwhelming (l

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Not the best taqueria in Petaluma - Edit

Pretty bland for Mexican food. Mi Pueblo is right up the street and much tastier (beans are lard-free as well, they have cactus tacos and vegetarian burritos, and they understand "no cheese" and "no sour cream" requests--they also have an entire "healthy style" section with no meat/dairy).

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Sooooo Good! - Edit

Velasco's North of the Border is one of Petaluma's gems. It's open and airy, with lots of windows looking out onto busy Washington Street and quaint Kentucky Street. It's a comfortable place to dine and relax with family and friends. Teri, the owner of Velasco's, is delightful, and you will find her at the restaurant more often than not. There is something on the menu for everyone -- meat, fish, vegetarian, and vegan options -- so everyone in your party will be happy. Their Spanish rice is delicious...and it's vegan! When I was there last week, vegan tamales were one of the specials of the day. They were sooooo good, as good as the veggie burrito (ordered with no cheese or sour cream makes it vegan) that has been my favorite for years. Their veggie burritos have chunks of potato inside. Yum! Their iced tea is another favorite of mine. Oh, and the restaurant has a bar, so you can order a Margarita or other drink to go with your meal. There's everything to love here, so give Velasco's a try the next time you're in downtown Petaluma. Enjoy!

Pros: Excellent Food, Generous Portions, Excellent Value

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