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Aug 17, 2007 01:26 AM

Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

My search for So Cal. style Mexican food continues. I recently ate at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant. It is more of a Mexican / Yucatecan cuisine. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it was actually pretty good. The first sign for me is the chips n' salsa. They brought out a red and a green salsa. The red was nice and hot but not uncomfortable. The green was a bit more mild but very tasty. You could really taste the green Chile. I was impressed with the beans and rice. More so the beans! I was really in the mood for chicken taquitos ( probably because I can't find them ANYWHERE in San Francisco!) with guacamole and sour cream. But they didn't have them. They did however have chicken chimichangas, so I opted for that. I wasn't very impressed with the chicken. Overall it was pretty satisfying.

It was also nice to be able to sit down at a booth instead of having to eat on the go or at a little table like most of the taquerias in the city. The atmosphere kind of reminded me of El Chavo ( 4441 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA ), minus the florescent upside down sombreros on the ceiling.

My friend ordered one of their world famous margaritas. The bartender must have been having a good day because the margarita was SO STRONG it was too much to handle!

Overall we had a good dinner, good service and will go back until we find a more comparable So Cal. mexican restaurant! Hopefully it's one located closer to my side of town.

Tommy's Mexican Restaurant
5929 Geary Blvd
between 23rd and 24th avenues on Geary Blvd. (outer Richmond district)
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-4747

Noon to 11pm

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  1. Taquitos aren't very common here, but some places have them:

    1. I'm really enjoying your reports, rdstargrl. I keep meaning to get to Tommy's because I want to try the Yucatan dishes and try a few of their many tequilias.

      Previous Tommy's report:

      Tommy's Mexican Restaurant
      5929 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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      1. re: rworange

        A friend told me some of the staff at Popol Vuh used to work at Tommy's.

        1. re: rworange

          I've been going to Tommy's since before i moved here, 11 years ago. my sister is acquainted with the son, Julio, who is in charge of their extensive tequila list. Tommy's offers some type of program for tequila - tastings, an "education" in tequila that i believe can culminate in a trip to mexico once you've obtained your "tequila ph.d."! not a gimmick - Julio takes this very seriously.

          I love Tommy's for their Yucatecan dishes - in particular, the Poc Chuc - a marinated grilled pork steak - the best i've had. I haven't been in a couple of years, tho (was out of the country for awhile), so i can't vouch for current standards. but i also used to love their red salsa, which they use as a salad dressing too.

        2. If you're looking for taquitos (I'm assuming the rolled and fried corn tacos), another name for them are flautas. Depending on what part of Mexico they're from. Actually, taquitos (in Mexico) are used for whatever taco. It's like saying little taco, but Mexicans add "ito" and "ita" on everything.

          Not that I'm recommending them as ones that I like a lot, but El Balazo on Haight St used to have a Friday special of Flautas. If I recall though, they finish them under the broiler with cheese on top, so if you're looking for them plain to garnish yourself, you might mention that while ordering.

          Also, there's a place on Mission around 23rd called Chavas, and I'm pretty sure they serve flautas there too.

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          1. re: hankstramm

            The "crispy chicken tacos," called "dorados" by the staff, at Mijita in the Ferry Building are exactly what you describe as flautas, and they are very tasty (3 for $7.50). Many items there are inconsistent, but the dorados and also the chips w. guacamole and salsa - with some added hot sauce to taste - are really as good as they get. The dorados are not on the everyday menu, but are on the chalkboard specials at least a couple days a week.

            I would like to try that margarita from Tommy's! I recently had two maragaritas at Mexico DF (called the Polanco version on their somewhat contrived drink menu) and did not have any discernable buzz.

            1. re: hankstramm

              Around here, "flautas" are usually made with flour tortillas. "Tacos doradas" are usually folded and crisped, not rolled and deep-fried.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I've seen flour tortillas as an option for flautas at a few places but most places make them standard with corn.

                1. re: ML8000

                  yes, to me also flautas are made with corn tortillas, (and are rolled and deep fried, with Mexican cheese and perhaps crema and salsa on top). That is what they are called at Mexico DF, (the SF restaurant) where they are on the menu stuffed with duck, and aren't bad. I would expect to see them called flautas there, since that is that they are called in the (actual) Mexico DF, in my experience...

            2. I think of Tommy's as a place to go for margaritas first and foremost, with the option for food second. I agree that the chips and salsa are quite good. The beauty of the margs is that they are simple and of the highest quality - just fresh lime juice, a little syrup, and your choice of dozens of premium tequilas, all 100% agave. I've tried much of the menu and generally prefer to stick with the simple, salty, carb and fat-laden things that - you guessed - help combat the tequila. As long as the margs are flowing I am usually happy eating chips and salsa (optional quac is good) and maybe a quesadilla.

              1. I was glad to see that Tommy's has a reputation for being pretty good. My daughter and I (from the East Coast) were in SF a few years ago and when a cab driver heard us say we were in the mood for some Mexican food, he drove us way out to Tommy's. I was sure he was either looking for a bigger fare or a kick-back from Tommy. But we really liked the food there. I can't remember what kind of burrito I had but it was sure better than anything I've ever had here in RI. And, yes, the margarita was noteworthy too.