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Jul 8, 2013 10:02 AM

Hottest Taco Joint in San Francisco

Hello SF hounds!
I am from Toronto and am helping curate a large Canada vs USA taco throwdown in October as part of a Food Network sponsored event. I would like to know what are the top/ hottest taco joints in San Francisco to reach out to for this job. Looking forward to tasting their goods!


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      1. When you say "hottest" what do you mean? Authentic Mexican tacos aren't "hot" in San Francisco -- they just are. On the other hand, there are lots of upscale and/or fusion taco purveyors around that could be considered "hot."

        1. Sorry, no Pink Taco in SF like LA, if that's the kind of hot places you're talking about.

          1. The best taco places I know would pretty definitely not show well if they had to cook anywhere other than their usual kitchen.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Hm that is good advice. Thanks for that.

              I guess yes, I'm looking for upscale and/or fusion- think like Rick Bayless or Big Star in Chicago.

              1. re: hungryabbey

                The closest we have to those two are probably Tacolicious (two locations) and the Padrecito and Mamacita spots.

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  Nick Fasanella of Tacko (and formerly Nick's Crispy Tacos) is probably the guy you're looking for.


                  1. re: hungryabbey

                    Tacubaya in Berkeley would be worth reaching out to. I prefer a more nitty gritty, street taco. But they do upscale pretty well.