"Authentic" inexpensive homestyle Mexican?
East Coast friends are visiting on a budget and want "real" homestyle Mexican; ie. not fancy Cal-Mexican-fusion. Strongly prefer SF proper, unless there's somewhere absolutely destination worthy in the East Bay.
Taqueria San Jose on Mission near 24th for tacos al pastor and tacos de chorizo.
Chava's used to be my go-to for caldo. Maybe there's a better place.
Second on Poc-Chuc for Yucatecan.
Nopalito, Mamacita, Nido (Oakland), Comal (Berkeley), El Molino Central (Sonoma), and Mateo's (Healdsburg) aren't fusion. They just use better ingredients, perhaps cook more carefully, and have better drinks. Nido's food tastes to me like I'm in Guadalajara.
What homestyle dishes are they looking for?
A lot of Mexican places serve birria and menudo only on weekends. I'd recommend Gallardos for that.
gallardo's or san jalisco. note that the word is out about both of them and now attract long brunch lines on weekends. gallardo's also has a new location.
reaction restaurant for mexico city street food. vallarta for tacos.