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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.

              2. This post recommends Don Pisto's and Nopalito. But it's for the quality of execution and ingredients, not for buzz factor. Hyped places don't get much airplay on Chowhound, so you're kinda asking in the wrong place, as evident by how your request is being ignored mostly.

                1. For what you are looking for "hot, trendy, full of it" I would suggest Tacolicious. that should be perfect for your market. Their food is overpriced and overrated and about as authentic as any Canadian taco.

                  Other places that would just perfect for the Food Network crowd: Tacko, it's in the Marina for that super authentic San Franciscan experience.

                  Good luck on "curating" your event.

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                  1. re: tjinsf

                    Ha, thanks everyone! Thats very helpful.

                  2. In San Francisco, all tacos are served hot. The practice in Canada may be different.

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                        1. re: smatbrat

                          That Tango & Stache pop-up sounds very TV-friendly.