By Kathy Chouteau
“All you need is love and tacos.” That’s the case made by owners of a new taco bar in Pinole.
On Friday, Pinole Mayor Roy Swearingen and his wife, Rose, helped cut the ribbon for newly opened Que Onda Tacobar at 1473 Fitzgerald Dr., Unit 102. The ribbon-cutting event drew a packed house to the eatery, which had officially opened two days earlier.
Que Onda Tacobar aims to provide “fast, casual, fresh food,” according to Alfonso Guzman. Customers can “build their own tacos and create whatever they want to create” from a variety of selections, Guzman said.
Guzman co-owns the eatery along with his cousins Octavio Guzman (head chef), Octavio D. Guzman (the elder Guzman’s son) and Adrian Rivera.
A patron on Friday ordered and “loved” the Quesabirria Taco, prepared with birria, cilantro, onion and cheese on a fresh corn tortilla. Meanwhile, Mayor Swearingen sampled a quesadilla and proclaimed it to be “excellent.”
Que Onda Tacobar presses its tortillas onsite. Also, the eatery uses all-natural, fresh ingredients and meats to fulfill customized orders.
“We [are] close to Richmond, Vallejo, Hercules and other communities that can shop here,” Mayor Swearingen said. “So we’re really excited about having a nice new restaurant come into Pinole and we wish them a lot of success…”
Que Onda Tacobar boasts a brightly lit, chicly decorated, inviting atmosphere with ample seating. Also, a large wall mural displays the eatery’s mantra for all to see: “All you need is love and tacos.” In addition, wall art proclaims “taco power” in bright, bold letters on green Astroturf.
The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and shares a parking lot with Mel’s Diner. Catering and take-out are also available. The restaurant is listed on Doordash for deliveries. The family is working on plans to join Uber Eats and Postmates in the next few weeks.