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Aug 25, 2010 01:18 PM

Best Authentic Mexican

We'll be in Cow Hollow, but anywhere in the city is welcome. I was told by hounders in New York City, where we're from, that San Fran has better Mexican food than we do. We were in San Fran at the beginning of our vacation two weeks ago, and we tried two different places but were underwhelmed. We'll be back this Sunday to fly out Tuesday, so we'd like to give the Bay area one more chance. We're looking for authentic, straight-forward food to make us change our minds about which coast does Mexican better.

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  1. Where did you eat already?

    1. Poc Chuc for authentic Mayan home cooking. If you can do better in NYC, then power to you.

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

      1. Authentic Mexican from Mexico, or authentic San Francisco Mexican? Mission burritos are authentic San Francisco Mexican, and probably better than anything comparable in NY (not sure if Mission burritos even exist in NY), but they don't correspond to "authentic" Mexican food from Mexico. For that matter, Mexico has a variety of different cuisines, and the cuisine characterized as "Mexican" in the United States normally represents a US take on one particular regional Mexican cuisine.

        I'm not familiar with NY Mexican food, but if you're looking for something SF does better than NY, my guess is you'd be better off at a taqueria in the Mission. My personal favorite is the al pastor super burrito at Taqueria El Farolito. You can search "burritos" on this board and find multiple recommendations. Note that the Mission taquerias tend to be relatively cheap ($10 or less) and they're probably not the right places if you're looking for a white tablecloth experience.
        But definitely authentic San Francisco.

        El Farolito is at 2779 Mission St., which is literally next door to the 24th St. BART station.

        1. If you like regional cuisine La Oaxaqueña Bakery and Restaurant at 2128 Mission is excellent; the moles are wonderful.

          I also like the Velvet Cantina for more traditional mexican,

          Velvet Cantina
          3349 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. I have never been especially overwhelmed by the Mexican places in the SF area, though of course, "johnq" is right regarding his question; "Authentic Mexican from Mexico, or authentic San Francisco Mexican?"

            Taquerias (for example) outside the Mission (and I understand outside of a few places in San Jose) tend to be limited to the pollo assado, pastor, carne assada, and maybe a fish choice for fillings for burritos, etc.

            Now, as far as which coast does Mexican better, well be careful :-), virtually everyone I know from L.A. would probably agree that the S.F. area is hardly the place to claim the best Mexican food on the west coast.