The Mexican cafe in Oakland makes beautiful, fresh “Mexi-Bowls” with proteins, rice or greens. You choose one base (lettuce, rice, or veggies) and one topping (I love the carnitas or the fried chicken). The bowls are then dressed up with cucumber, pickled red onion and jalapeños, pumpkin seeds, and herbs - basically, everything you need to feel like you’ve stepped into the world’s greatest farmer’s market. Chica also makes tacos, tortas, excellent chilaquiles, and agua frescas. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention their iced Dirty Horchata, which comes with a double shot of espresso.
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