Las Palmas Taco Bar is located at 55 Front Street in Santa Cruz. The restaurant is owned by Liz and Rick Mendez and their son, Ron. In 1955 Rickís father, Martin Mendez Jr, and Grandfather, Martin Mendez Sr, opened one of the first taco bars anywhere in San Jose. Rick grew up working in the restaurant. In 1975 the family decided to expand to the current location in Santa Cruz when the building became available. Las Palmas uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to craft their traditional family recipes. Rick tells us they serve authentic Mexican food and they serve it quickly. His goal is to provide a great meal someone can enjoy fast so they can return to work.Popular nacho appetizers include Cheese Nachos with cheddar cheese, jack cheese, and jalapenos, or Deluxe Nachos, with beans, cheddar cheese, jack cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and jalapeno. Las Palmas offers vegetarian options like the Super Veggie Burrito, with a large flour tortilla, chile relleno, rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and mild or spicy red salsa. Another choice is the Veggie Tostada, with a fried whole wheat tortilla, beans, onions, lettuce, sprouts, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa verde. A popular house specialty is the Las Palmas Super Burrito, with a large flour tortilla with choice of steak, shredded beef, beef tongue, shredded chicken, bbq pork, shredded pork, pork sausage, pork in red sauce or pork in green sauce, with rice, beans, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, onions, cilantro, and mild salsa. Another choice is the Super Tostada, with a fried flour tortilla, shredded chicken, beans, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, cheese, and mild red salsa. Rick tells us the must have item on the menu is their signature Crispy Taco. The restaurant does carry-out and catering. They serve cold beer, both domestic and imported. They also offer iced tea, lemonade, Arnold Palmer, and homemade Horchata. If you are enjoying the wharf or the beach in Santa Cruz and are looking for delicious traditional Mexican fare, stop in and see the Mendez family at Las Palmas Taco Bar. They will warmly welcome you and ensure you have a great dining experience.
55 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060