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Friday, April 12, 2024

Best Tacos and Restaurant in Davis: Guads

New restaurant Guads takes winning title for best tacos

By KAYA DO-KHANH — features@theaggie.org

UC Davis students selected Guads Tacos and Beer as the best tacos and restaurant in Davis, receiving 79.7% of the votes for best tacos and 54.3% of the votes for best restaurant. The restaurant, located on 3rd Street, has been open for less than a year and takes the winning title from previous winner Taqueria Guadalajara. 

The owners of Guads are two brothers, Rigo and Chris Hernandez, who decided to branch off from their family-owned restaurant, Taqueria Guadalajara. According to Rigo Hernandez, the name for Guads was inspired by the students who frequented the two Taqueria Guadalajara restaurants in Davis and often referred to it as “Guads.” Rigo and Chris Hernandez had the desire to open a restaurant with that name that was more modern, closer to the university and catered to college town residents. 

Guads Taco and Beer in Davis Calif, (Kazim Jafri / The Aggie)

“For us not even being open for a year and that we got that recognition already makes me feel proud about what we’re doing,” Rigo Hernandez said. 

Guads differs from Taqueria Guadalajara because it offers a number of beers on tap from local breweries, according to Rigo Hernandez. The restaurant also offers its own brewed beer: Guads Blonde Ale. 

Isabel Sagheb, a second-year biomedical engineering major, expressed why she prefers Guads to other Mexican restaurants. Her go-to order is a chicken burrito with sour cream and guacamole.

“I like it over the others because it’s a lot quicker, cheaper and in [a] more accessible location,” Sagheb said. 

Not only does Guads have a variety of tacos and burritos to choose from, but ​​it also has an unlimited chips and salsa bar. The menu also includes breakfast, seafood plates and vegetarian and vegan options. 

“I like Guads because it is consistently so good,” Sagheb said. “I know that if I’m craving good Mexican food, Guads will not disappoint.” 

Written by: Kaya Do-Khanh — features@theaggie.org


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