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Feb 2, 2007 09:00 AM

Hole in the wall Mexican?

In town for three days on business. Where is your favorite little Mexican dive that's great for tacos, huevos rancheros, anything? Thanks.

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  1. If your business takes you downtown, Órale Órale has good breakfasts.

    1. The best carnitas tacos on the planet are at La Taqueria on 25th & Mission. Some will complain that this place is expensive, but in reality the quality justifies the price (a fully loaded taco can cost $5.00)...for some reason, most people assume that Mexican food has to be inexpensive. If the the place was called "La Taccarique" and served the best Côtes de Porc aux Pommes à la moutarde, price would not be an object.

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      1. re: Husky

        How do La Taqueria's tacos compare with the al pastor or chorizo tacos a block away at Taqueria San Jose (which charges around $2.50)?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          No tacos al pastor at La Taqueria, but their chorizo is really good. The price of the tacos adds up when you want sour cream, avocado, etc. The chorizo should be eaten with salsa and that's it.

          1. re: Mari

            i absolutely agree....the chorizo stands on its own so well there!

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            Robert, I saw a Taqueria San Jose yesterday in Downtown (First Street I believe)... do you recommend it?

            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              First I've heard of it, dunno if it's connected.

            1. re: Husky

              "The best carnitas tacos on the planet are at La Taqueria on 25th & Mission"

              Alright, next time I'm in SF, I will hit La Taqueria... if the tacos aren't as good as what I've had in Uruapan, Michoacan... I will demand a refund... from YOU!

              1. re: Husky

                La Taccarique" and served the best Côtes de Porc aux Pommes à la moutarde, price would not be an object.

                You just reminded me of a little place in the gritty, working class neihborhood of San Bartolo (Naucalpan) in Mexico City. The place serves "Cuisine Jonque d'lux du Mexique".... it served Mexican street food with a decided ghetto panache to it... but the menu was completely in French, and every oil tablecloth table had fake flowers... it was quite comical & poignant.

              2. La Taqueria does not offer al pastor...I love tacos al pastor and think San Jose has the best around. The chorizo tacos at La Taqueria are as good as San Jose's, but carnitas is what I always order.

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                1. re: Husky

                  Tacos al pastor at San Jose are the best. in. the. world. everytime i go to SF i try to plan for a quick greasy run. i craved them when pregnant with both my boys. also the green table salsa at Picante in Berkeley. used to buy that by the quart.

                  1. re: bunky

                    Picante changed their recipe for green salsa. To my taste it's much improved, but if you liked it before you might be disappointed.

                    For the benefit of the original poster, Picante is the opposite of a hole in the wall. It's a somewhat upscale Berkeley version of a taqueria. Most of the food is bland compared with the real thing, though you can eat well if you order right. Excellent margaritas.


                2. If you make it into Marin, you should try Joe's Taco Lounge & Salsa in Mill Valley (382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-8164). Everything on their menu is devine, but I recommend you try their street burgers, their grilled snapper tacos (which they serve with a habanero mayo), and their grilled corn-on-the-cob (made with taco magic). But then again, everything is good there. Enjoy!

                  1. Yucatasia, Mission btwn 17th and 18th-Yucatecan