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Hottest Taco Joint in San Francisco

hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 10:02 AM

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. Civil Bear RE: hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 01:03 PM

    La Taquaria

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 01:15 PM

      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."

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        ML8000 RE: hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 01:28 PM

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

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 04:10 PM

          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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            hungryabbey RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 8, 2013 05:09 PM

            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.

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              allieha RE: hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 11:02 PM

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

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                Robert Lauriston RE: hungryabbey Jul 9, 2013 08:39 AM

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


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                  virtualguthrie RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 10, 2013 07:41 PM

                  Did he move again (from Underdogs)?

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                    Robert Lauriston RE: virtualguthrie Jul 11, 2013 08:44 AM

                    Tacko's his main gig.


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                  BernalKC RE: hungryabbey Jul 9, 2013 12:59 PM

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

              2. Melanie Wong RE: hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 11:30 PM

                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.

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                  tjinsf RE: hungryabbey Jul 9, 2013 11:26 PM

                  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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                    hungryabbey RE: tjinsf Jul 10, 2013 08:30 AM

                    Ha, thanks everyone! Thats very helpful.

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                    Calvinist RE: hungryabbey Jul 10, 2013 01:02 PM

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

                    1. wolfe RE: hungryabbey Jul 10, 2013 05:55 PM

                      Just completed Google, Yelp serve and was unsuccessful in locating poutine taco. Any suggestions?

                      1. smatbrat RE: hungryabbey Jul 11, 2013 12:47 PM


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                          Robert Lauriston RE: smatbrat Jul 11, 2013 12:53 PM

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

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                            hungryabbey RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 11, 2013 01:02 PM

                            interesting- has anyone gone?

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