Inside the gas station on the corner of Kettleman Lane and Highway 88, there is a Mexican restaurant loyal customers rave about. The restaurant is currently Rojas, but is middle of changing ownership.
The recipes were created by former owner Roberto Rojas, who specializes in Mexican, American and Italian food.
Orders can be called ahead of time, ordered at the counter to go and eaten in the small dining room, where one wall opens up to an aisle of chips in the mini mart of the gas station.
Martha Morena is the chef. She is fast, and asks each customer what they want on their order, from sour cream to beans and salsa.
The restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch and specialties for all times of the day.
For breakfast ($6-$9.43), choose from breakfast burritos stuffed with your choice of meat, eggs, rice and beans. The chilaquiles include fried tortillas, cheese, eggs, rice and beans.
An interesting, unique combination is cactus and eggs.
Other breakfast choices include machaca (steak and eggs with rice, beans and tortillas), omelets and eggs with chorizo (pork sausage).
Burritos are a popular lunch choice, stuffed with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and your choice of meat, shrimp or fish. On an early afternoon during the middle of the week, tortas were being made to go. They come with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomato, avocado and cheese.
Also try homemade tomales, quesadillas, huarache, gorditas, tostadas, tacos, sopes and enchiladas.
Enchiladas come in plates of three for $9.16.
Rojas says everything is popular, so deciding what to order is difficult.
There are nearly 20 specials, ranging from chili verde to fajitas and shrimp cocktail.
The chili verde is a green sauce served with chunks of pork, rice and beans. Shrimp lovers might enjoy the Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (shrimp in garlic sauce).
It might be a hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurant, but the food is flavorful. For some, it might be a little too flavorful, as in too spicy. When Morena asks if you want salsa, just let her know if you can't handle the heat.
Restaurant At A Glance
What: Roja's Mexican Food
Where: 14971 N. Highway 88 in Lodi
Specialties: Mexican food