SF: La Taqueria
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.”
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- 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 Taqueria2889 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110 – (415) 285-7117