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Oct 6, 2000 01:35 PM

San Rafael taqueria??

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While passing through San Rafael this past Easter Sunday, my wife and I ate at the only resturant we could find open at 5pm:

This taqueria is directly under the highway over-pass (maybe Third street?) and was killer!! The was a line half way down the block and the place was rocking. We were the only gringos in a place doing a land-office business in take-out menudo. We had chips w/ excellent red and verde salsa, a verde pork burrito, two taco lengua and two bottles of Corona w/lime. Our bill came to less than $7.00 with tax!

Can anyone tell me the name of this place for future reference?

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  1. Taqueria San Jose!

    This place is a favorite of mine for about 10 years now. It was a regular place for lunch when I worked in San Rafael. Yesterday I had lunch there with 8 friends after a mad mountain bike ride through China Camp. I don't think that there is a better way to spend a day! It was also a regular stop on the way home from Stinson beach. It never failed to quiet our post volleyball/bodyboard hunger pains.

    I have no clear cut favorite dish here. Yesterday it was tacos (chorizo,lengua, and cabeza) and a monster sized horchata. Ever morsel on the menu seems to be pretty good. I can't comment on the menudo, tripe is one of my few dislikes in the lovely world of food.

    Lastly, I've got to echo Bill on the prices. I'm pretty sure this little place is one of the best values in Marin County.


    6 Replies
    1. re: Brandon


      Thanks for the info on Taqueria San Jose. We've been visiting the Bay area (from Missoula, MT) once or twice a year for the last couple of years and the we can't wait to hit it again on our next trip.


      1. re: Bill


        I'm going to visit a displaced Californian in Big Sky next week! Aint life grand!


        1. re: Brandon
          Paul Spiegel

          Taqueria San Jose is superb!! Some years ago, I found myself in a San Rafael locksmith's shop translating for a couple of Mexican day-laborers who couldn't communicate with the Anglo salesclerk. On my way out, almost as an afterthought, I asked where I could find a good burrito. "Taqueria San Jose!", they said, without hesitation.

          IMHO, the place would be worth a serious detour, but it's even better for being so convenient to the freeway. All roadside food should be this good!

          1. re: Paul Spiegel

            Thanks for bringing this one to our attention. I was there last week and really enjoyed it. The ultra-thin and light chips and the salsas are great, especially the jalapeno and avocado. The pico de gallo suffered because fresh tomatoes anemic this time of year, but it was still tasty if not as tomatoey as it would be in the peak of summer. Even as a single, they still gave me a good-size bowl of both kinds.

            I ordered a lengua and a cabeza taco at $1.60 each, what a bargain! The cabeza (beef cheeks) was a really good example. Not wet from stewing liquid but reheated by grilling which added some crunchy edges. The lengua (tongue) on the other hand was abysmal - tough, left the skin on, and too much of the base meat. But I was happy overall, and will remember to stay away from the tongue.

            Would you believe they have a home page? The URL was embroidered on the counter guy's apron. I'll have to check out the Oakland location.


            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Hi Melanie!

              You never fail to get a smile out of me! Chowhounds will be chowhounds but the tortilla cuisine is a religion!

              I can imagine you planning a junket to Marin as soon as you read this string. Start your engine girl, theres another place worth trying. It's in San Rafael on Lincoln next to Domino Computers. I think it's called Los Palmar. It was once called Casa Burrito. Give it a try!


              1. re: Brandon
                Melanie Wong

                Ok, Los Palmar has been Visor-ed.

                Have you noticed that T. San José doesn't offer carnitas?