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May 5, 2014 01:57 PM

Best tacos in the U.S. ...and the winner is...

Some website call the Daily Meal ranked tacos in the whole U.S. in honor of Cinco de Mayo... and La Taqueria in SF came out as no. 1. WTF. While they use decent ingredients that has to be one of the blandest tacos around.

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  1. Hit it with a squeeze of the salsa verde and it instantly becomes anything but bland.

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    1. re: Civil Bear

      And that gets #1 in the country? Please... I think La Taqueria is a fine establishment, uses decent ingredients but no way it's SF.

      1. re: ML8000

        Not even number 1 in the Mission... El Gallo Gira takes that.

        1. re: ML8000

          Well I'd be pretty darn surprised if the ranking was unanimous.

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        1. Explains why I've never heard of the Daily Meal.

          1. I think this has come up before, but...

            A friend of mine who once worked for a travel magazine told me that those "Best ____ in the US" lists are nearly always filler that no one has researched very deeply. They know everyone loves those lists (and in the case of websites, will click through every individual page and generate hits), so they'll get an intern to make a list using Google. In most, if not all, cases, the people compiling the list have not even been to all the establishments they're selecting. They certainly are not flying their staff all over the United States to decide if La Taqueria in San Francisco is better than Taco Boy in Charleston, SC (#40 on their list).

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            1. re: dunstable

              ...and judging from the hilarious comments section, in which seemingly every city takes umbrage with the local representatives in the list, their assertion that they asked "more than 200 of the nation’s leading food writers and taco authorities" is probably an outright lie. How does one get declared a "taco authority," anyway. I want in on this membership; where do I get my taco authority badge?

              1. re: dunstable

                Say it ain’t say so, where will I go, how will I eat if I can't rely on these lists

              2. What's the problem with La Taqueria?

                There's no consensus for "best taco" in SF. It might not be my go-to but when people visiting tell me their friends took them there, I'm always relieved. It's an oldie that sticks to their formula, and they make a hearty taco with good flavors.

                I'd rather La Taqueria over El Farolito, Papalote, Taqueria San Jose, Can Cun, or many of the popular favorites...and if they listed one of the new breed of more gourmet tacos like Don Pistos, Tacolicious, Nopalito, or Padrecito, that would have annoyed a lot of us.