The atmosphere at 56-year-old downtown eatery Vallejo’s Restaurant
is charmingly familiar. Employees and regulars catch up on family, books and the rest as the kitchen staff churns out well-loved dishes. It’s a welcoming vibe in a way that we don’t always see in this rapidly growing city, a nod to small-town corners that linger yet, even in the busy downtown corridor.
The food’s sound, too. We try enchiladas rancheras ($10.50), a triple-layer of stacked cheese enchiladas topped with pork green chile and a fried egg. Expect a perfect cheesy stretch with every bite. The chile’s nice enough, bearing mild spice levels and a proper amount of salt with a little richness from pork and acid from tomatoes, but that perfect, oozy egg yolk takes the richness up a notch or three. There’s more than enough chile to warrant scooping with complimentary tortilla chips, a fine way to fill in the corners after a hearty meal.