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Looking for a Special Taco in the Bay area

Panpan Aug 2, 2001 05:46 PM

Im a real taco officionado. This dates back to a time when a lone Mexican made it to a distant part of Asia and set up a foodstall! The problem is I cant find the taco of my youth here in SFO. Im not looking for the usual BBQ or grilled meat filling but a stewed meat.Im told this type is very popular in Mexico itself but isnt usually prepared in the US. Anyone have an idea where I could find it?

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    Hiko Ikeda RE: Panpan Aug 2, 2001 06:39 PM

    How about San Jose?

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      Laiko RE: Panpan Aug 5, 2001 04:10 PM

      I personally love to visit "El Toyonese" the taco trucks on Harrison and 20th and one at 18th also in SF. Yep--it's a true taco truck with great stewed chicken taco's, there is also stewed beef (cabeza) from the head area-not its not the brains. And every wonderful taco is only $1.50. We usually eat about 3-4 each. Make sure to get the marinated veggies on top.

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        Brandon Nelson RE: Laiko Aug 7, 2001 04:04 AM


        If I don't miss the mark cabeza is stewed beef cheek.


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          Laiko RE: Brandon Nelson Aug 8, 2001 06:01 PM

          Regarding cabeza- You thought it was beef cheek and I think it is meat from the head area:

          You may be right-but a Mexican cook told me this-so who knows. Tastes good!

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            Melanie Wong RE: Laiko Aug 8, 2001 08:40 PM

            Cabeza does mean head in Spanish. Cheeks are from the head. Around here, cheeks is what mostly goes into the cabeza mix.

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        Melanie Wong RE: Panpan Aug 7, 2001 09:20 PM

        Can you tell us more about the seasoning on the stewed beef? I'm wondering if it was something like chile colorado, tinga, etc.

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          Panpan RE: Panpan Aug 9, 2001 11:50 PM

          Thanks Laiko, Brandon and Melanie for the suggestions. Im going after that Taco truck now with a vengeance..hehe. Melanie, in answer to your question, Im not sure what the taco I ate was seasoned with. It was 1974/75 when I consumed it...and I havent seen its type since. I only remember that, apart from tasting very good, the meat appeared to be stewed for such a long time that it was falling apart when I bit into it.

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            Melanie Wong RE: Panpan Aug 10, 2001 03:30 AM

            Panpan, you might also try the tongue (lengua) tacos. those are stewed too and are meltingly tender. If you search on the Chowhound home page, you'll find lots of recommendations for tacos in Sonoma County. I've got a few more and will try to post an update over the weekend. It's one other area where Sonoma rules!

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