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Mexican Food in the Bay Area

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I'm after recommendations for Mexican places (lunch or dinner) in the Bay area

I'll be staying at the Palace, and won't have a car

I'm after Mexican food while I'm in SF because it's generally so awful in Australia

High end or cheap'n'cheerful suggestions all welcomed. Taco trucks or buses too

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  1. I highly recommend Nopalito for a nice lunch or dinner, more high end because it is not cheap but casual dining. Cab fare each way about 7.00-9.00 each way.

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    Nopalito
    306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

    1. Your best bet is to get on BART and visit may of the taquerias on Mission Street between the 16th & 24th Street stops. A quick search of the database for places like La Taqueria, Taqueria San Jose, El Farlo, and La Cornetta will give you more information than you could ever dream of.

      For slightly more home cooking type fair, I like Poc Chuc just off the 16th Street stop, and El Defin for great shrimp dishes off of the 24th Street stop.

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

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

      1. Definately head for the Mission. Poc Chuc is a great idea for Yucatan food. Here are some other ideas

        SF Mission burritos & tacos
        http://www.chow.com/lists/151

        SF - Munching in the Mission
        http://www.chow.com/lists/1180

        SF Mission Murals and Antojitos Walk
        http://www.chow.com/lists/465

        1. Within walking distance of the Palace is Taqueria Cancun at 6th and Market. Hole-in-the-wall, cheap and very good. The al pastor burrito is excellent and like $5 bucks. Eat there if you can, the toasted tortilla is way better warm...like bread on a sandwich the tortilla makes a big difference.

          The other option is Los Compadres Taco Truck at Spear and Folsom, not too far away...pretty heavy lunch crowd.

          The other lists/threads provide a lot of info as well but these are w/i easy walking distance.

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          Taqueria Cancun
          1003 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Los Compadres Taco Truck
          292 Spear St, San Francisco, CA

          1. If you have some time to kill, take BART to Fruitvale. It's like being teleported to Mexico, especially on weekend mornings and afternoons. Virtually all the signs are in Spanish and everybody's speaking Spanish. There's some of that in the Mission, but it's a lot more diverse.

            In the Mission, try an al pastor taco at Taqueria San Jose.