Chicos Taqueria

82 Solano Square
Benicia, CA 94510
Closed Sundays

Chico’s Taqueria opened in Solano Square in late August. Welcome to Benicia!

This Mexican eatery is the sister restaurant to Taqueria Los Amigos in Vallejo, where they have been serving excellent meals for 18 years.  They’ve brought their experience to Benicia and, based on the customer lines out the door, have been enjoying robust business during their first few weeks.

Call to order take out, or enjoy indoor/outdoor seating. Service is quick, efficient, with friendly, family staff. The restaurant has been remodeled and is very clean and open.

It’s hard to admit that Taco Salad is not really a diet food, but Gracie can pretend!

The crispy shell holds your choice of ingredients with lots of sour cream and guacamole.  Chicos is known for “famous” and amazing burritos with 9 meat/chicken/fish options.  Or, it might be time to spice up your life with a selection of tacos and your choice of corn or flour tortillas. Enchiladas and Chile Verde come with your choice of red or green sauce.  The Mexican rice is surprisingly moist and flavorful.  And, best of all, the fish tacos are outstanding!  Chico’s menu offers a large variety of Mexican specialities — tortas, tostadas, Chimichangas and Steak Ranchero are just a few. Insider tip: check out the Shrimp Fajita Quesadilla — Exquisito!

Children’s menu available.  Several breakfast selections—check for hours.  Gluten free tortillas are offered. Vegetarian selections are accommodated.

Chicos is a great addition to our downtown Benicia restaurants.  Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood.  Enjoy!


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Somehow, Disney managed to release the movie Cruella in 2021, smack dab in the thick of the pandemic.

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Movie Magic gives Cruella 3 ½ Moons out of 5.

Disney's Cruella movie art