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Jan 23, 2014 12:35 PM

Kauffman and Birdsall: 22 Hottest Mexican Restaurants in the Bay Area

Runs the gamut from higher-end spots to taquerias:

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  1. Apparently there are no good Mexican places in the SB or Peninsula? Or maybe that's not included in "Bay Area"? Harrumph!

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    1. re: BernalKC

      Unlike some other reviewers, they didn't fake entries for areas they don't know well enough? I'm not sure SF Magazine targets Peninsula readers.

      Some editor wrote the headline. Kauffman and Birdsall would probably not have made it sound like a definitive list.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I don't think they'd label places like Mariscos La Costa "hot" either.

        1. re: Pius Avocado III

          in fact while it makes the list, this review of Mariscos La Costa is more mixed than Birdsall's more positive solo review four years or so ago.

      2. re: BernalKC

        if it makes you feel better, 2 of the 4 "North Bay" spots are in Oakland so they have just 2? :)

        1. re: drewskiSF

          And what have they got against El Huarache Loco?

        2. re: BernalKC

          Just glimpsed a hard-copy of the piece in the magazine at a friends. They have a whole section on Redwood City. And "hottest" isn't in the title!

          1. re: sundeck sue

            Thanks, I knew that JK was researching Redwood City and wondered what happened to his finds.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              more of a sidebar. El Grullense, Taqueria El Tulense, & La Viga (though I guess that's one more than the North Bay got)

              In the intro to the article they do say "San Jose's trove of Mexican spots merits its own feature, which we may tackle one day."

              Other sidebars:
              - East Oakland Taco Trucks (El Ojo de Aqua #1, El Taco Oaxaco, Mariscos Sinaloa #1, Pipirin, Tacos Los Michoacanos)
              - Richmond is the new Fruitvale (La Raza, Los Mexicanos Deli, Pepito's, La Chona)
              - Old School (Tommy's, Puerto Alegre, Otaez, San Jalisco)
              - Mezcal Cocktails
              - La Palma
              - quotes from local chefs about their favorite burrito spots

        3. Good to see Agave mentioned. It's our go to for Mexican.

          1. I thought the EB recommendations were good. I've been to Comal, Cosecha, and Nido multiple times and will definitely go back. Tried Molcajete for the first time last week and was really, really, really happy. The cochinita pibil was fantastic. As we were walking out the door I told my wife that I thought we had just found our new favorite mexican restaurant.

            ...until I check out the other places on the list.