SF: La Taqueria

carne asada and lengua tacos

It’s been said La Taqueria is Thomas Keller’s favorite taco joint. I can see why. Fresh off my flight from LA, I was starving (damn delayed flights because of fogged in SFO!) and tacos sounded particularly good. I didn’t want to eat too much since I knew I was going to be on an endless SF culinary crawl. I ordered three tacos; 2 carnitas and 1 lengua. My friend Carina had the carne asada.

She did not warn me they were massive! I should have been tipped off the four tacos and a jamaica was almost $20. At $3.50 a taco, these babies were like mini-burritos. They all contained beans. These tacos bludgeoned you into submission. Three tacos were way too many for a “snack.”

carnitas tacos

After I discarded most of the beans, I began to enjoy my carnitas tacos. The fresh tomato salsa was really good but I love tomatoes and summer is the best time for them. The meat was quite juicy but the mounds of tomato made it especially messy to eat. Fun, but messy.

lengua tacos

Lengua- the meat that tastes you back. That joke never gets old, by the way. Like the carnitas, these had beans. I wanted to taste just the lengua and after I did my discarding process, I happily ate the lengua taco.

I couldn’t help but think about the last time I had tacos in SF. It was right before I boarded my flight home and I suppose it’s fitting I had tacos immediately upon arrival two weeks ago. I liked my tacos but I think I generally prefer the non-beans style of LA. You could eat more than two and go on a tacos crawl!

La Taqueria

2889 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110 – (415) 285-7117