East Bay Express [East Bay Express Best of 2015, Best Vegan Tamales]
"Flacos' tamales come in two flavors: soy gluten-free and banana leaf. The banana leaf Tamale comes with unexpected ingredients like green olives and capers, as well as mole sauce, and is a must-try for anyone looking for something new."
SF Chronicle [The Chronicle's Vegan East Bay Guide, June 2015]
"Magana’s banana-leaf tamales, soy protein braised in mole at their hearts, are particularly impressive."
Bay Area Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany [KQED Food, 5 Bites, November 2014]
"Flacos is the place to go if you’re craving tasty, organic vegan Mexican food (and if you go on your birthday with a valid ID, you can have a free meal!) "
Vegan Blogger Restaurant Review: FLACOS [Cowgirls & Collard Greens, February 2014]
"All of the food I sampled tasted great, but it was the taquitos that won over my little vegan heart! They were super crunchy just like taquitos should be. " "...I have a confession to make, just a few weeks after my original visit, I found myself back at Flacos. Round two! This time I sat outside in the sun and enjoyed the Huarache plate..."
East Bay Bite of the Week: Flacos' Vegan "Taco Especial" [SF Weekly, August 2013]
"The 'Taco Especial' distills everything that's good about Flacos. It's thoughtful, balanced, and spicy, wrapping a bevy of textures into a dish the size of your palm."
2013 Best of the East Bay (the new) Authentic [East Bay Express, Best of 2013]
"In our 2013 Best of the East Bay (the new) Authentic, we focused on the people, products, and services that are considered “authentically” East Bay, perhaps in a new way. This means restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, and other businesses that define (or are redefining) the genuine or real East Bay experience: forward-thinking comfort food...."
Best Vegan Mexican Food of the East Bay [East Bay Express, July 2013]
"...head over to Flacos' quaint casita just east of Ashby Bart for their taquito fix — although you'll likely find long lines during its $1 Taquito Tuesdays. The perfectly balanced flavors will linger on your palate long after your visit."
Vegan Mexican food focus of 'pop-up' at Oxnard cafe [Ventura County Star, 2013]
"Pop-ups are friendly, temporary take overs of existing restaurants by guest chefs, and/or by menus that differ from what is usually served. The Flacos event also is something of a homecoming: Not only is Magaña preparing vegan variations of his grandmother Carmen Lara-Peña’s traditional Mexican recipes, but he will be accompanied by wife — and fellow former Oxnard resident — Michele Serros."
Food/Wine [Flavorpill, 2012]
"Flacos is all about alchemic spice combinations — fresh, non-GMO, organic produce sourced locally, and what Magana describes as dishes inspired by "the pre-Colombian diet": lime, corn, and ancient grains like amaranth and quinoa."
Vegan Mexican Restaurant: Flacos In Berkeley [VegSource.com, 2011]
"Top choices include the soy-gluten-free tamale, which brings corn husk-steamed masa surrounding a filling of roasted poblano chile, refried pinto beans and potatoes."
Vegan Mexican Food Around the Country [Veg News, 2011]
"And what did his mother think of all the recipe alterations? “Culturally, older generations have a harder time letting go of meat, but once my mother tried the food, she was convinced."
Restaurant Review: Flacos [Veggie 101, 2011]
"As they say, never judge a book by its cover. Flacos is hiding some of the best Mexican (not just vegan) food you'll probably ever have. They're passionate about serving delicious, hearty, and healthy food, and you'll definitely be back for more!"
East Bay Unwrapped: Flacos Tacos [Broke-Ass Stuart's blog, 2011]
"As I waited for my order, I began to notice a pattern: every other customer that entered seemed be acquainted with the man behind the counter."
Flacos Vegan Mexican Food [Veg News, 2010]
"The eatery bills itself as serving "unique, vegetarian Mexican food," and boasts an impressive menu, offering everything from Soyrizo and veggie-filled chalupas to meat-free chicken taquitos covered in fresh avocado salsa."