There is an understanding in San Francisco that there are 3 things you never debate with friends: politics, religion and the best taqueria in town. Ask 10 random passers-by about their favourite taco joint and you’re bound to get 10 different answers. However, to all the people of San Francisco, quality is what matters most. The rice should not just be a filling, but have a good flavour, the beans need to be cooked perfectly, and the meat must be of excellent quality.
Taqueria San Francisco is located at the end of the Taco Trail – a section of 24th Street between Mission and Potrero Hill filled with taquerias. The meat served here is so tender it must have fallen off the spit and landed right into your burrito. The al pastor burrito (slow-roasted marinated pork) is a popular choice. They also serve a version with steamed chicken. Both are irresistible.
Salsa as the secret weapon
Fresh ingredients are important and they fully understand this at Papalote Mexican Grill, where the meat is not cooked until you order it. But their real secret weapon is their roasted tomato salsa. This sauce has a deep, rich and smoky flavour and magically transforms every bite into a true taste explosion. This salsa is so popular in San Francisco that it can be bought by the jar for home use.
Burrito with fried plantains
Obviously, one of the most important ingredients in a burrito is the meat, but that doesn’t mean that there are no good vegetarian alternatives. The fried plantain & black bean burrito from The Little Chihuahua is almost better than the (organic!) meat varieties served by this taqueria. Whereas lots of taquerias replace meat with tofu, the Little Chihuahua has chosen a different approach. Their veggie burrito is filled with slices of creamy fried plantain, roasted peppers, black beans and cheese – an amazingly delicious combination!