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One day in SF and want to go to an amazing taqueria!!

I am having lunch in SF and want an awesome taqueria. I want the awesome hole in the wall kind with just amazing food and good salsa! Where do I go???

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  1. For al pastor, my favorite is Taqueria San Jose. Their chorizo is very good, too. For other meats, I'd go somewhere else. Conveniently located next to 24th St. BART.

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

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      THIS, although I'd add the carnitas to the list.

      1. re: MandalayVA

        Carnitas is one of the meats I've found disappointing at TSJ, though my longtime favorite for carnitas is gone, so I have no other suggestion.

    2. you're going to get a million answers to this. My favorite is La Taqueria on Mission and 26th. Their carne asada is awesome. For hole-in-the-wall, there's Taqueria Cancun, which I don't like but others here like a lot - also on Mission, between 18th and 19th. I also like El Buen Sabor at 18th and Valencia, and Pancho Villa, on 16th between Mission and Valencia.

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      Taqueria Cancun
      2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      La Taqueria
      2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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

      Sabor
      72 N Almaden Ave, San Jose, CA 95110

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        I'll second La Taqueria. Great carne asada burritos and tacos, fantastic guacamole, and the salsa verde in the plastic squeeze bottles is the best in town.

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        La Taqueria
        2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: Civil Bear

          Everytime I return to the S.F. area, La Taqueria is a must! The carne asada anything is great! The agua frescas are soooo refreshing!

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          La Taqueria
          2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2. re: mariacarmen

          Nothing against La Taqueria, but it's at the other end of the spectrum from a hole in the wall or a taco truck. It was on the SF Chronicle's top 100 restaurants list for years, and consequently became the most popular place for tourists and people who don't know the neighborhood. They get away with charging twice what some other places do.

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          La Taqueria
          2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            So what is the definition of a hole in the wall? The setting is the same as most other Mission Street taquarias (except that La Taquaria is typically full). Yeah, the prices are higher than the $2 tacos found at most taco trucks in SF, but the quality and flavor are also higher.

            1. re: Civil Bear

              I don't think La Taqueria serves anything that tastes as good as Taqueria San Jose's al pastor.

              The burritos are where they really gouge.

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              La Taqueria
              2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                SJ's al pastor certainly has it's fans, as it has been written up almost as much as LT. For me the flavor of the orange liquid (grease?) that runs off of it is off-putting, but that is just me.

              2. re: Civil Bear

                Are tacos up to $2 at taco trucks in SF? Wow, they're still $1.25 in Oakland.

                Any way, LT's taco's are large, use quality ingredients but are on the bland side....that's my biggest criticism but it's still good. I have a couple of friends that like LT so if I'm with them I go, no complains, just not the first choice. I think LT was one of the first to Californicate tacos...no lard in beans, etc. Oh well, not a bad situation with so many good taquerias.

                1. re: ML8000

                  Wow, that is the first I have heard anyone use the word bland to describe La Taqueria. For me the flavors are fresh and bright, and the carne asada & salsa verde are anything but bland.

                  1. re: Civil Bear

                    Really? I've been saying it for a long time. A google search finds a few...even here:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3710...

                    1. re: ML8000

                      Ah, good find. I must have missed that thread since I didn't join Chowhound until 2006...

                      1. re: Civil Bear

                        I didn't join until '06 either...I just googled; LT, San Francisco and bland. Any way, LT is fine, just not my top preference. The fact there's almost a fight any time burritos and taquerias are bought up is a good thing...because it means we're spoiled stupid with choices.

                  2. re: ML8000

                    They put beans on tacos? Blasphemy!

            2. You will get a million different answers and there's websites dedicated to the search.

              I'd skip the taquerias and go to a taco truck, like El Tonayense near the Best Buy at 14th/Harrison or Spear St/Folsom. Carnitas, al pastor are good.

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              El Tonayense
              2598 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA

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                1. re: ML8000

                  had the spicy chicken the other nite before going across the bridge...it was really excellent.

                  1. re: escargot3

                    I usually get a torta, either al pastor or carnitas. The grilled onions and peppers gives it Italian beef sorta vibe but the salsa and meat is definitely Mexican. I'll have to remember the spicy chicken...sounds like it would be perfect as a couple of tacos for a snack.

                2. Naming a Best Taqueria is like the 5th rail of San Francisco dining...people are very loyal to their taqueria of choice you might even say intractable. My favorite taqueria is and always has been La Coroneta in Glen Park. Their steak and prawn burrito is pretty terrific, LC used to qualify as a hole in the wall but in recent years they have expanded to the Mission, Burlingame and San Carlos-a mini empire really.

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                  1. re: artychokeasana

                    That's 3rd rail -- I have no idea what a 5th rail would be, but 3rd rail refers to the rail that carries electricity powering the trains in systems like BART. Since it's electrified, it's dangerous, even deadly, to touch. Thus the expression "3rd rail" for an issue/topic that is dangerous to touch upon.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      I meant third rail-thanks for the correction.

                  2. taqueria vallarta has the best and cheapest (excluding competitors' happy hour tacos) tacos in SF at $1.50 a pop, my friends from san diego will often say that it's the only place in SF that can compete w/ southern california tacos