Taqueria Guadalajara is conveniently located on a corner of Mission Street between Leo Street and Russia Ave. The taqeria has a bright and over-sized neon sign proudly displaying its name. The taqueria has a small dining area and displays its menu right behind the register and kitchen area.
The menu has all your standard Mexican fare, including: dinner plates, burriots, tortas, and tacos. As a Mexican-American, I have authentic Mexican at home on a daily basis, so I'm a tough critic at taquerias. My usual taste test consists of trying a variety of tacos or a taco-dinner plate. I went with three regular tacos: a carne asada, a pollo asado, and al pastor. The total came to less than $9 with my diet coke. I forked over the cash and was given chips and directed to the salsa bar.
The salsa bar has a bit of selection with four or five fresh salsas, as well as fresh cilantro, limes, jalapenos, etc. I tried a few of the salsas, but fell in love with one in particular. Moments later my tacos were brought to my table and they looked great, as they didn't appear greasy and the meat looked of high-quality while portion size was just right.
I took my first few bites and the food was delicious and rivaled that of a Mexican backyard party. The carne was tender, juicy, and flavorful, most notably the carne asada and al pastor. Each tacos was topped with cilantro and their house salsa, whch added flavor but didn't overpower the taco overall. If I had to choose which was best of the three, I'd have to say the carne asada was my favorite, but you can't go wrong with any of the three.
Although the taqueria is rather small, it does boasts a lively dining area with murals, making it a "romatic" eatery as per the SF State paper. You can't go wrong with the authentic Mission Mexican food of Taqueria Guadalajara, whether taking out or dining in and enjoying a Spanish novela on their 25" tube tv.