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hyperbowler Jan 9, 2012 02:49 PM

What are some places in SF & Berkeley/Oakland that have a good selection of regional Mexican dishes, in particular ones that you won't be able to find at most other places? I don't really care about "authenticity"---adaptations are fine as long as it tastes good. Mentions of specific dishes would be helpful. Here are some that come to mind:

Mexico City : Reaction Restaurant (adaptations of Mexico City street food)
Oaxaca: La Oaxaqueña , e.g., (Grasshopper tacos, Tlayudas, Oaxacan Mole)
Puebla: La Torta Gorda , e.g., (the seasonal) Chiles en Nogada
Yucatan: Poc-chuc

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

La Torta Gorda
2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

La Oaxaquena
2128 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

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    hyperbowler Jan 9, 2012 09:53 PM

    I culled the archives for mentions of different regions and came up with the following. Searching for most of these places by name will bring up lots of dish recommendations. I excluded regional places that weren't viewed favorably.

    Jalisco

    San Jalisco Mexican Restaurant

    Mexico City

    El Huarache Azteca

    El Huarache Loco

    Chilango

    Michoacán

    El Gallo Giro Taco Truck (Michoacan-style carnitas)

    Veracruz

    Alta Mar Restaurant (changed hands in 2007, so maybe not anymore)

    Yucatan

    Comida Yucatan y City Pizza

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    El Huarache Azteca
    3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

    Alta Mar Restaurant
    1060 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606

    Comida Yucatan y City Pizza
    294 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    SanJalisco
    901 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

    El Huarache Loco
    100 Alemany Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Chilango
    235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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    1. re: hyperbowler
      Robert Lauriston Jan 10, 2012 11:13 AM

      El Huarache Azteca does great versions of DF-style dishes including a variety of fresh masa items (gorditas, huaraches, quesadillas, sopes) and barbacoa de borrego (smoked lamb).

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      El Huarache Azteca
      3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

      1. re: hyperbowler
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        hyperbowler Jan 13, 2012 08:07 AM

        Some more:

        Jalisco: Chavas
        Mexico City: Tortas Boos Voni
        Yucatan: Chaac Mool

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

        Tortas Boos Voni
        5170 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

        Chaac Mool
        Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

        1. re: hyperbowler
          Ruth Lafler May 23, 2012 02:03 PM

          Alta Mar is long gone.

          El Delfin has Veracruz style dishes
          3066 24th Street San Francisco

          La Torta Loca sells DF-style street food.
          3419 International Boulevard Oakland

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
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            hyperbowler May 23, 2012 07:42 PM

            I was wondering where the owners of El Delfin were from. Sadly they're closing: http://missionlocal.org/2012/05/el-de...

            1. re: hyperbowler
              Ruth Lafler May 23, 2012 08:31 PM

              Oh no!

        2. adamclyde Jan 12, 2012 04:23 PM

          FWIW, La Oaxaquena no longer sells grasshopper tacos, or grasshopper anything. But good stuff otherwise. Their champurrado with guajillo is awesome. oaxaqueno tamal pretty good...

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            bigwheel042 Jan 13, 2012 01:42 AM

            Los Yaquis on South Van Ness is another that serves dishes from Jalisco. Haven't tried enough to make a good judgment but liked it the one time I went.

            I also think Haltun is solid for Yucatecan.

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            1. re: bigwheel042
              adamclyde Jan 13, 2012 07:44 AM

              that's right. Definitely need to add Haltun to the list. I prefer Poc Chuc, particularly since they are so close to each other, but Haltun is good too.

              1. re: bigwheel042
                Cynsa May 23, 2012 12:16 PM

                Yesterday's special at Los Yaquis was a braised pork shank in a deeply-flavored complex chili sauce accompanied with buttered rice, refried beans/cheese and delicious ethereal handmade tortillas in generous portions. We started with the yucca con chiciharon, fried crispy and served with a tomato cabbage curtido. My Caldo de Res was satisfyingly huge and hot - with ample leftover for today's lunch. The hot sauce is a hot perfection. The horchata is a favorite of ours, smooth and creamy with a hint of cinnamon and the Michelada will make your eyes sparkle with fireworks. Let's make a pact to work through the menu from top to bottom!
                Service is warm and friendly. Parking is easy.

                324 South Van Ness Avenue at 14th Street
                http://www.los-yaquis.com/

              2. Robert Lauriston May 23, 2012 02:10 PM

                I've had a couple of Oaxacan dishes at Comal that I haven't seen before: de eses and tetelas. They also do pescado Zarandeado, which I haven't tried yet but looks great.

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