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

Pius Avocado III Jan 23, 2014 12:35 PM

Runs the gamut from higher-end spots to taquerias:


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  1. BernalKC RE: Pius Avocado III Jan 23, 2014 01:02 PM

    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
      Robert Lauriston RE: BernalKC Jan 23, 2014 01:27 PM

      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
        Pius Avocado III RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 23, 2014 01:49 PM

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

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          sundeck sue RE: Pius Avocado III Jan 23, 2014 04:22 PM

          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
        drewskiSF RE: BernalKC Jan 23, 2014 05:43 PM

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

        1. re: drewskiSF
          soupçon RE: drewskiSF Jan 23, 2014 07:34 PM

          And what have they got against El Huarache Loco?

        2. re: BernalKC
          sundeck sue RE: BernalKC Jan 26, 2014 03:20 PM

          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
            Melanie Wong RE: sundeck sue Jan 26, 2014 04:21 PM

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

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              drewskiSF RE: Melanie Wong Jan 26, 2014 04:37 PM

              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

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          tom246 RE: Pius Avocado III Jan 23, 2014 03:55 PM

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

          1. IPAforBreakfast RE: Pius Avocado III Jan 23, 2014 05:01 PM

            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.

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