UPDATED: Gas Station Mexican Food – Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill [TGLRC #26]

Cilantro Menu

Cilantro Menu

Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill
1025 N Vasco Rd
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 455-6030
Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

[Scroll down to the bottom for an update. I went back to try the fillet mignon]

On North Vasco Road there is a Chevron gas station that seems to have one of the highest gas prices in town. It’s weird because there are three other gas stations within throwing distance (literally) that are 30¢ cheaper per gallon. Since they aren’t competing on price, I wonder what their competitive advantage is. Is it the Chevron brand? Is is the car wash? Heck, maybe it’s something like the car wash in Breaking Bad (I kid!).

One thing they do offer though is food, so maybe that’s it.

It’s been a couple of years, but there used to be a little known taqueria hidden inside. It was authentic Mexican food that was definitely worthy of a lunchtime visit. At one time it was called Las Primos, another El Mariachi Loco. I’m not sure which came first, but it was a certainly a hidden gem in Livermore. Heck, I think it was even open 24 hours – perfect for many-a-crowds.

Fast forward to 2014 and things are quite different.

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Not the Same Rock House – The Rock House Pub & Grill Rocks! [TGLRC #25]

The California King

Quite a burger!

The Rock House Pub & Grill
1840 Portola Ave
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 443-3240
The Rock House Pub & Grill on Urbanspoon

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to The Rock House. I think it was when a friend and I took a “long” lunch from work to catch an A’s playoff game in 2012.

We only had a couple of beers and some appetizers to snack on. Heck, maybe I did have a meal, but I don’t remember anything exceptional about it. To me is was just a place to catch a game and have a beer.

So for stop #25 of The Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge we decided to give The Rock House Pub & Grill a go for lunch.

Let me just say that this wasn’t the same Rock House that I remember. It turns out that I was right. After a little research, I found that the ownership has changed a couple of times over the past few years. It was recently purchased by the Stocking family and reopened in early 2013 as The Rock House Pub & Grill.

Veronica Stocking, executive chef, is in the captain’s chair and offers quite a gourmet menu. If you haven’t been there in a while, read on, their food is excellent!

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