Zagat's choice for top Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco,
Drum roll please, El Castillito.
“Lots of flavor” gets packed into the “to-die-for” burritos and carnitas at this Mexican trio; yes, the digs are a bit “grungy”, but service is “fast”, the bill is “small” and they “aren’t shy with the portions” – plus you can always “get your order to go.”
They show the address as 136 Church St. although they mention a trio.and the picture they show is the one for the 2092 Mission St. store where the wall sign says Taqueria and the hanging sign Taqueria El Castillito.
There are others named El Castillito. If this all seems confusing I would blame it on Zagat and try the Church St. store.
136 Church St
2092 Mission St
370 Golden Gate Ave
250 Golden Gate Ave
The 370 GG location (closer to Larkin) was the scene of a significant fire at the end of February. I walked by the other day and it definitely did not look like it was open. SF Appeal quotes an employee from the Mission location as saying it was unsure whether it would open ever again: http://sfappeal.com/2013/02/el-castil...
Adding more confusion, there are 2 locations of Taqueria Castillo: one at McAllister & Leavenworth and one in Union Square on Mason near Turk & Market. No idea if these are a spinoff or parent of Castillito.
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I actually like El Castillito - but more because it's convenient and solid, not because it's the best.
I've found them inconsistent in that they seem to switch up recipes from time to time and go through better and worse periods - but within a period the food is consistent. A year ago they were putting far too much sauce in the Al Pastor but now are doing better.