Road Journals Blog—When the subject of tacos comes up, people are excited to share the name of their favorite spot. Their enthusiasm is understandable. Finding a good taquería is a bit like falling in love. You want to sing your sweetheart's name from the mountaintops. Here are four places in San Francisco that just might bring you to the summit of Mount Taco. Area code is 415.
This Mission Street institution makes 'em big. Two corn tortillas are loaded with fillings such as caramelized chunks of pork carnitas and topped with zesty pico de gallo. Bottles of green salsa on each table add just the right kick. 2889 Mission St., 285-7117.
La Palma Molino y Tortilleria
Go for the handmade corn tortillas when ordering. Heavenly in their own right, the large, toothsome tortillas are topped with your choice of meat, beans, and fresh salsa. If you're curious about lengua, aka tongue, this is the place to try it. 647-1500, lapalmasf.com.
El Gallo Giro
This truck churns out delicious, three-bite tacos. You can't go wrong when it comes to meat choices—spicy-sweet al pastor, tender lengua, grill-crisped carne asada, and carnitas—which are made even better with a squeeze of lemon or lime, a splash of salsa, and a sprinkle of onion and cilantro. 23rd and Treat streets.
Two words: lobster tacos. Halved, cooked in pork fat, and then served with warm cilantro butter, smoky árbol salsa, and fresh flour tortillas, this crustacean is worth every market-price penny. 510 Union St., 395-0939, donpistos.com/_eat/index.html.
Photography by Lindsay Isola
This blog post was first published in June 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.