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Quick request for tacos in Mission for Vancouver visitor

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I'm hosting a visitor from the Vancouver area next week. She and I agreed that Mexican was the best option for our lunch, since they don't get that at all up in her neighborhood. The thing is, I live on the Peninsula and eat all my tacos in Redwood City. I need the 'hounds recommendation for where to take her in the Mission. I've tried to read the threads, but you guys know SO MUCH that it's hard to pick out the 'sure thing' place. Unless it's La Tacqueria:). I like carnitas, myself, and have been known to eat some sopas pollo of any sort. My guess is that she will like anything that's good. Thank you in advance for your ideas.

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  1. tacqueria vallarta. it's a $1.50/taco "commitment" so if you dont like then, you can tack [to say el toyonese etc]. the onions cooking with the meat are also good. or you can pop down to Bakersfield to the awesome Los Tacos De Huicho ... it's "almost" worth a detour.

    1. My favorite is the al pastor at Taqueria San Jose.

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

      1. Leaving specific recommendations to the San Francisco locals... but I have to say that pretty much any of the tacquerias in the Mission will impress a visitor from Vancouver. So - don't worry!

        1. Folks have their personal favorites, but you will be hard pressed beating the place you already mentioned -- La Taquaria. Just be sure to add a little bit of salsa verde from the plastic squeeze bottles on to each bite. You and your friend will not be disappointed.

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          La Taqueria
          2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          1. re: Civil Bear

            I'll second La Tacqueria. More expensive than most others but the quality of the meats and other ingredients is noticeably better. Their aqua frescas are killer too. Do not go there for burritos, though.

            I like San Jose, but their tacos are smaller and a bit greasier -- still very good but not as good. I also like the tacos from any of the El Tonayense trucks. A taco tour of the Mission might be in order.

            1. re: Civil Bear

              La Taqueria is my favorite too, for carne asada, and yes, it is more expensive than other taquerias. but totally worth it!

              El Buen Sabor is also very good - good flavor on the carne asada
              Taqueria Vallarta on 24th is good - as said above, a good variety of meats and very cheap.
              I love Pancho Villa tho others here don't share my enthusiasm.
              And I do not like Cancun for anything BUT tacos. but they are my last choice ever.

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              Taqueria Vallarta
              3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              La Taqueria
              2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Pancho Villa
              365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

              1. re: Civil Bear

                Note that La Taqueria closes every year for 2 weeks over the holidays. They are closed until January 9 this year. Taqueria San Jose is a good alternative across the street.

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                La Taqueria
                2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              2. Here's a plan from "The Girl From Vancouver" greyelf.
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/743722