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Taqueria El Kiosko

(Restaurants/all dining)
8 Williams Road Salinas, CA, 93905
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Alcohol excluded


Businesses and organizations participating in HER Helmet Thursdays help HER / Mother Earth by providing discounts on Thursdays for people who bike. A long-term project with no scheduled end-date, HER Helmet Thursdays was launched in 2009 in Monterey County, California as a public service. NOTE: When participating businesses and organizations sign up, they are provided a staff reference sheet. Many have frequent staff changes. Just in case a staff person on duty isn't familiar with this long-term project, it may be helpful to have the listing for that location pulled up on your mobile phone screen (or print a copy of their listing to take along), so you're prepared to kindly show their listing.
Before claiming discount, refer to FAQs and project details, including date restrictions, in "LISTINGS, Map, How to Get the Discounts, and FAQs about HER Helmet Thursdays" at

ABOUT THIS PARTICIPANT:Because it shares a building with a gas station, you might overlook this little taqueria. But if you do, you'll be missing out on friendly service and yummy food at reasonable prices. Their vegetarian sopes are a personal favorite!

This casual eatery has inside tables plus sheltered picnic tables out front too.

The discount is for the taqueria only (and you pay at the taqueria counter). Nonetheless, touring cyclists and others appreciate that there is a little "quick stop" store in the same building, where they can purchase other needed items separately, at the store/gas station counter.

Note: This is a sister taqueria to Taqueria El Kiosko at 1502 Constitution Blvd, Salinas.

Bike Tips:

Directions tips: If coming from Hartnell College main campus, go east on Alisal Street, straight all the way to the corner of Alisal and Williams Road in East Salinas.

Safety tips: (1) This is a busy, well-traveled street, not recommended for biking with children. Teens and adults may wish to wear high visibility apparel or accessories, and regardless, will want to be extra alert around motor vehicles. (2) Although Alisal Street has Class II bike lanes, many neighborhood residents still bike the sidewalks. If you choose to bike sidewalks, be sure to use extra caution at driveways and intersections, and please review Bicycling Monterey's tips on sidewalk riding and safety.

Bike security tip: Sheltered picnic tables out front make this a good stop for touring cyclists. One of you can stay out front with bikes and gear while the other orders, then dine together out front. (You'll also appreciate the convenient bathroom indoors, just next to the taqueria ordering counter.)

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