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Best Mexican in SF/Peninsula

LittleRed1 Mar 9, 2008 11:54 AM

Hi everyone! I have just relocated from So Cal and desperately in need of some recommendations for a few good Mexican restaurants. I work in Portrero Hill and live in the Peninsula, so if anyone out there can recommend a few good places that can hold a candle to the yummy Mexican places I left in So. Cal, it would be very much appreciated! Taquerias, restaurants... whatever. If the guacamole is fresh, the salsa spicy and the rest of the food is tasty, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks!

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    Calvinist Mar 10, 2008 10:30 AM

    In San Francisco there are a few options.
    Pastores, when they are open. It's a one woman show, so hours can be vary erratic, I'd suggest calling first.

    3486 Mission St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 642-5385

    El Delphin. Good mole & seafood, and they often have specials.

    Restaurente El Delphin
    3066 24th St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 643-7955

    La Taqueria, Taqueria San Jose and Pancho Villa are three of the more popular taco spots. Pancho Villa has a location in SF and one in San Mateo.

    Pastores Restaurant
    3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Calvinist
      Robert Lauriston Mar 10, 2008 10:40 AM


      El Delfin
      3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    2. Robert Lauriston Mar 10, 2008 09:22 AM

      Tacos al pastor at Taqueria San Jose.

      Yucatecan at Poc-Chuc.

      Caldos at Chava's.

      Taqueria San Jose
      2830 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Poc Chuc
      2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Chava's Mexican Restaurant
      2839 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. foodiesf Mar 9, 2008 01:25 PM

        Don Ramon's on 11th between Folsom and Howard.

        Their chile colorado is housemade and the most complex, delicious I've ever had. Or their fajitas de lomo de puerco adobado (spicy pork fajitas) are equally outrageous. Also, when avacados are in season and good, theirs is the creamiest, best I've found. It is family-owned and has been for decades. The owners makes the food fresh every morning -- if you haven't wept over refried beans before, you will once you try theirs.

        It's a well-kept secret because Don Ramon's doesn't advertise. But it boasts a huge, loyal clientele that includes many SF politicians (I've seen Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, Willie Brown, Bevan Dufty, Angela Alioto, Aaron Peskin, and many, many others there), judges, musicians (I've eaten at the bar next to Boz Scaggs), and other local "celebritites." They really cater to their local customers, many of whom have been eating there for years.

        Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant
        225 11th, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. yimster Mar 9, 2008 12:51 PM

          If you have a free weekend you try Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

          Check out this post from a few years ago. There have been changes but you will fine a lot of choices.


          Good eating.

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            mikeylikesit Mar 9, 2008 12:27 PM

            La Tapatia on Grand in SSF - a taqueria/market with the best carnitas.

            Rancho de Las Trancas on El Camino Real in SSF - A sit down place that hasn't changed in years, old style mexican, huge portions.

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              ML8000 Mar 9, 2008 12:19 PM

              Check this out, found via the search function:


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