We were invited to Los Mineros in downtown Nevada City on Wednesday night ahead of its grand opening at 5 p.m. The authentic taqueria is a venture between community leader and former Nevada City Mayor Reinette Senum and acclaimed Bay Area Chef Jason Moniz, as previously reported.
Jason’s culinary resume includes opening-day chef at well-respected restaurants such as Flora in Oakland, and Tres Agaves and Locavore in San Francisco, and Barbacoa and Table 24 in Orinda. The San Jose Mercury News named Barbacoa one of the 10 top taquerias in the Bay Area.
It’s a small culinary world too: Moniz is the son of Barbara Jenness, an award-winning cheese maker who co-owns Wheyward Girl Creamery with Roberta DesBouillons.
The gathering included investors in Los Mineros, Nevada City Manager Mark Prestwich, local restauranteurs Matt and Michelle Margulies of Matteo’s Public and Shana Maziarz of Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.; Cathy Whittlesey, Kim Wellman and Cindy Moon of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce; and merchants such as Dave Iorns of Nevada City Crystal and Glass and Dave Painter of SPD Market, among others.
We sampled authentic and delicious Mexican food. Examples included street tacos Al Pastor (marinated roasted pork, pineapple, xni pec and cilantro); Polo Asada (anchiote marinated chicken, avocado salsa, pickled red onions and cilantro); and guacamole and chips. We grabbed three Chile Colorado burritos to go (with cheese, pinto beans, rice, salsa fresco and avocado), because our son had some homework to attend to.
Los Mineros is located on Lower Commercial Street in front of the Boardwalk. The interior is colorful, with terrazzo lights and an original mural (see below). On opening night, Mexican music played in the background.
Downtown Nevada City also is home to another new Mexican restaurant called Mi Pueblo Taqueria.
It is located at 104 Union St., next to the Nevada City Chamber. “Enjoyed delicious chips and salsa bar (don’t miss the pickled red onion) and gracious hosting while I waited,” said one reviewer on Yelp. “Opened and enjoyed a delicious bag of goods when I got home. I had the carne asada fajita burrito, and carnitas and al pastor tacos.”
We will also visit this restaurant, having enjoyed its sister restaurant El Agave Taqueria in Auburn. Nevada City is on a roll with its two new restaurants and the Golden Era lounge.