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Best mexican food in San Francisco?

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    Taquerias El Farolito 2779 Mission St.
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    Papalote Mexican Grill 3409 24th St
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    Tropisueño 75 Yerba Buena Ln.
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    Nick's Crispy Tacos 1500 Broadway St
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    Don Pisto's 510 Union St
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    Pancho Villa Taqueria 3071 16th St
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    Mamacita 2317 Chestnut St
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    La Taqueria 2889 Mission St
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    Taqueria Cancun 2288 Mission St
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    Gracias Madre 2211 Mission St
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    La Taqueria 2889 Mission St
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    Little Chihuahua 292 Divisadero St
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    Tacolicious 2031 Chestnut St
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    El Metate 2406 Bryant St
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    Puerto Alegre 546 Valencia St
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    Papalote Mexican Grill 1777 Fulton St.
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    Nopalito 306 Broderick St
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    Tommy's Mexican Restaurant 5929 Geary Blvd
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    Gordo Taqueria 2252 Clement St
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    Tacko 3115 Fillmore St
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    Taquerias El Farolito 4817 Mission St.
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    Taqueria El Toro 598 Valencia St
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    La Corneta Taqueria 2731 Mission St
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    Taquerias El Farolito 2950 24th St
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    La Qaxaquena 2128 mission
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    Don Pisto's 510 Union St
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    La Canasta 3006 Buchanan St
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    Playa Azul 3318 Mission Street
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    Don Ramon's 225 11th St
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    Green Chile Kitchen 1801 McAllister St
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    Dos Piñas 251 Rhode Island St.
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    Tia Margarita 300 19th Ave
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    Taqueria Zorro 308 Columbus Ave
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    Zapata Mexican Grill 4150 18th St.
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    El Farolito Bar 2777 Mission St
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    El Burrito Express 1812 Divisadero St
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    El Burrito Express 1601 Taraval St
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    Nelson Oliver Alphonso 400 Parnassus Ave
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    Chilango Mexican Food 235 Church St.
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    Trapezo 22 Battery St
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    Taqueria Cancun 2288 Mission St
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    Taqueria Mana 439 Stockton St
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    Ocean Taqueria #2 1836 Divisadero St
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    La Barca 2036 Lombard St
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    Tacobar Fillmore
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    The Mint 1942 Market Street
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    Taqueria San Jose 2830 Mission St
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    Taqueria el Balazo 1654 Haight St.
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    Seams Boutique 1670 Union St
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    Los Pinos 319 Baden Ave
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    Orale Orale Mexican Restaurant 113 Sacramento St
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    Sun Rise Restaurant 3126 24th St
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    Miraloma Market 755 Portola
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    El Taco Loco 3274 24th St
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    Regalito Rosticeria 3481 18th St
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    Tlaloc Sabor Mexicano 525 Commercial St
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    Taqueria Guadalajara 14327 E. 14th St
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    Juan Bautista Circle Juan Bautista Circle
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    Taqueria La Cumbre 515 Valencia St
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    201 Mission Taqueria 201 Mission St
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    Chunky's Taqueria 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy
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    La Fonda Mexican Grill 712 Irving St
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    Pedro's Cantina 128 King Street
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    San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Ave.
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    Tortilla Heights 1750 Divisadero St
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    Victor's 210 Townsend St
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    Taqueria El Farolito 2779 Mission St.
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    Tacolicious 741 Valencia St
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    Haltun 2948 21st St
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    El Gran Taco Loco 3306 Mission St
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    Sapphire Asian Cuisine & Lounge 475 Sacramento St.
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    Zona Rosa 1797 Haight St.
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Delicioso!
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Everything is awesome.
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Had the taco of the week, Cheese Steak Taco and it was amazing. Great xi acai margarita's as well....
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Love everything here on the menu.
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WHOLE avocados in veggie burritos! El Farolito doesn't do that.
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It's close to my house, and they routinely have mariachi there. ;-)
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My quest to find the best is still on, but for now, Pancho Villa reigns supreme.
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Vegan. So so so yummy, with a great comfortable vibe in the restaurant.
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Gotta love on the cheese dip too.
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secret salsa. remain secret. keep me guessing that spectacular spice!
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endless trio of salsa and chips
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This Mexican food is melt-in-your-mouth good.
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Best burritos in the Marina, maybe in SF on the whole.
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This place is amazing for burritos. Plus they're open late so you can get it after city party nights.
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Where at SF state?
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One of the only places in the Mission where you can get a crispy taco! Delicious.
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Thanks for the rec! I didn't realize until I read this that there aren't a lot of crispy tacos in the Mission!
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The carnitas are an unreal experience of warmth, comfort, and tenderness.
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Great burritos
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Whenever I eat a Burrito, I am reminded of those drug mules that carry kilos of cocaine in their stomachs.

This is partly because these mules are often Mexican, (like a burrito), but mostly because for the 24 hours that follow eating a burrito, I am keenly aware of a brick sized undigestible sitting in my stomach and really wanting it not to be.

For a man of my age, a burrito is a stomach cramp with salsa.

But of all the Burritos I have endured over the years, the El Farolito Carne Asada Super Burrito is without a doubt the one that comes closest to making it worthwhile.

You can actually taste the steak under the spices, the avocado is fresh and creamy, rice absorbs the fat from the meat and spreads it throughout, the salsa is hot and fresh and salad is crisp throughout.

I've been told they use a lot of lard on the grill, which is what gives the burrito it's superior taste. I'm not sure why you would care though. If you're ordering a fried beef burrito the size of a woman's handbag, "is this healthy?" hardly comes into it.
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The burritos are amazing - even three days later, reheated!
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It's not hard to find good mexican food in San Francisco, and we're lucky for that for sure. Although the place looks a little worn down, you should never judge a book by it's cover! The food is well priced, extremely tasty, and the portions are generous.
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These guys make the crispiest carnitas burrito, hands down.
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One of the many delicious vegan restaurants in SF and the flan is so good!
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Bob's Burrito is vegan and delicious!!
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Tres Agaves aka TRES is top notch Mexican food. I personally am I Mexican food nut, and this place delivered. The best salsa around, and simple looking dishes (as if you made it at home) that surprise every one of your tastes buds with an individualized sensation of spicy awesomeness. Follow that with their impeccable margaritas; it's a Mexican food match made in heaven. I promise you won't mind paying the premium for the flavors this place provides.
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I first tried La Cumbre, with a cast on, when I had just broken my leg. After eating their burrito, I thought I could walk again.
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I love it
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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.
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Seriously great chicken.
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Variety of vegan options, the *best* salsa to date, and the 'mexipino' and 'chicken adodo' burritos are brilliant.
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Authentic.
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Salsa. Clean. Americanized.
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Probably the best burrito I've had while living in the city! If it looks like a dive from the outside, chances are the food will be pretty delicious.
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Great quesadillas, veggie burritos and salsa bar. The friendly staff and clean establishment will make this your new favorite spot to eat in the Mission District.
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Best burrito in the country. Without a doubt.
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Very colorful place in a sunny Neighborhood. Feels authentic. Just off the 24th Street BART. Jukebox.
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Biggest burrito I have ever had and the most delicious. Best part about this place is getting to relive the leftovers the next day.
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Ridiculously huge portions for a very small price
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Kind of a fun interior, excellent salsa and the food is great. There are other great taco shops, but generally they're overrated and expensive, lack salsa options or just don't make great food. This place has it all, they people are great, it's one of those places where the food is good and you feel great supporting them.
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try the pulled pork burrito!
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Juicy carne asada that is always fresh.
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Americanized and good. I recommend the guac.
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Great shrimp burritos!
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Carnitas is amazing!!! Fish tacos are the best around!!!
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Cactus and the jar of extra garlic behind the counter!
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I just got into a Gordo vs. Papalote argument. It's a tough choice, and I don't want to pick one, but Gordo's is damn good.
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The carnitas suiza quesadilla is a classic
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The best al pastor suiza quesadilla around
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largest selection of tequila and a variety of authentic food
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Some people say it's Americanized Mexican food compared to some of the other taquerias in the area, but I love that it tastes fresher and less lard-laden than the others.
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Voted Best Veg-Burrito AND Salsa in SF via 7x7
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fresh and yummy
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Love their steak and shrimp burrito. Reasonable prices. Great food! One of my faves in the city!
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Tropisueño great service, great food
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for some reason it just tastes more fresh than even those mission taco stands!
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Shrimp burrito is BOMB.com
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soyrizo burrito!
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Terrific carne asada burritos, and huge platters.
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Near the apartment. Tacos are awesome! Nice room too.
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the scallops on chorizo/plantain hash are to die for, and atmosphere is super cute.
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Tommy's is a place i frequent, weekly. Not only are they the most popular Tequila bar, but being from southern california, I'd say their Mexican food is top notch!
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Big Portions - MASSIVE in fact. A heads up would be to order a dish per two persons. Go in a group of four to order more! Sharing IS caring. :)

Friendly Service - Don't know what to order? Just ask anybody behind the counter! They'll be more than happy to recommend you something.

Great Dips - So many to choose from! Their salsa is always fresh and its free flow!

The Watermelon Drink - SUBLIME! It tastes a bit diluted but nevertheless, refreshing. You need something to douse the flame anyway!

Once in a while, there is also a guitar player that plays acoustic songs around. He's really nice and friendly. :)
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best fish tacos and salsa
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Carnitas tacos
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best margaritas
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Carne asada & shrimp super burrito.
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Great and cheap!
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Authentic and has fresh ingredients. Everything is made to order and in house. So good!!
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What do you order here?
I have the Chile releno, Pozole Vegetariano and their guacamole is awesome!
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Because of their passion margs and delicious tacos of course.
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Surprisingly good food. The interior is a bit tacky, but don't be fooled. Margaritas, too. Don't forget the margaritas.
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What can I say? These salsa experts beat Bobby Flay at his own game! My personal favorite is a classic carne asada burrito with black beans. AMAZING! The burritos are fat with meat (not filler) and a great steal for the price. They've also gor a Mexipino burrito that is wicked amazing, as well as a trifecta of savory goodness (carne asade, chicken, and prawns). But what's all that without salsa? Stuff is so good they had to start jarring it and selling it seperately... need I say more?
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i love you too
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Love the order & pay first model and the very diverse and fresh salsa bar. Not to mention the plantain and bean burrito! Something I've never heard of/had before and a great option for a vegetarian sick of boring veggie burritos which include only rices, beans, lettuce, and tomato.
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I gotta say, Gordo is pretty darn good. Most people don't like the steamed tortillas and how they stick to your teeth. I kinda do.
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Fresh, great margaritas, good atmosphere. mmmmm
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It's 2am.

You're stumbling around in search of a super burrito.

But not just any super burrito - it's gotta have fresh salsa, sour cream, and avocados the size of fists.

But wait - it's late and you're out of cash.

Don't worry, El Farolito's gonna make everything all better.
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amazing
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Open all hours of the day & super quick!!
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the healthiest tasting Mexican food I've ever had
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I like unhealthy tasting and healthy feeling.
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This is my favorite place to eat it the city. The house margaritas are spectacular and cheap!! The chicken fajitas are definitely my favorite. The veggies have never failed to be juicy and fresh, and the chicken tender. I'm not sure if the tortillas are homemade, but the flower tortillas incredibly tasty. The waiter/waitress' are super friendly and make sure you're happy. Since this place is so great its a little busy on the weekends, but it is totally worth the wait!
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Hailing from LA, I was in desperate need of good, hole in the wall mexican food. I was sick of all of the "tex mex" places and needed a place where I could get a giant burrito that I could eat straight out of the foil. This place did the trick!
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New favorite....sooo good. and don't try to do it healthy here, you have to try it nick's way
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Happy, communal yummy goodness a la Cafe Gratitude. Definitely worth a visit.
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The salsa makes me feel all warm and spicy
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One word: MARGARITAS. Their magical blend of sweet and salty masks the often overly sharp taste of tequila to give you that perfect buzz with your friends. And I could go on for hours about their food. Just trust me: the Pozole Verde.
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I just heard about this place. Such a simple name leads me to believe they deserve the title.
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Enchiladas are awesome!
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Seems like there's more than one Farolito. I'm confused.
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A bit more upscale but reminds me of a restaurant in Cabo with traditional dishes from throughout the country. Should be Colibri :)
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Food is always fresh
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Its been around forever and I've been going with my family since I was a little kid. The burritos, especially the chicken one, are perfect! They have always been fresh, delicious, and just the right size and the frescas are always in season and sweet!
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Awwwwww yeaaaaaahhhhh. Tommy's is awesome all the way around. Great mole, amazing margaritas, and if you go often enough, you become part of the family.
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salsa!
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food is fresh, fierce, and fiesty! Its like a fiesta for your mouth! really cant go wrong here... i always order the nachos loaded up with all the fixin's.... also, they have a salsa bar, thats just neat.
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The food here isn't what you think of when people tell you to go to the Mission for the best Mexican food in SF. The food at Paplote is a lighter, fresher, non-greasy alternative to what other Mission taquerias have to offer. Try the fish quesadillas, and ask for corn tortillas -- you'll get three small corn quesadillas instead of one big one.
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El Farolito is definitely the best. I brought my late mom a burrito from EF, and after that she would cross town on the bus just to have their food. Their green tomatillo salsa is the best I have tasted of all the taquerias in town. They used to have the cheapest prices along with that delicious food, but their prices have risen with the times. Fast, fresh, and freakin' good!
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Where to begin... Well, the fact that there is a line out the door the MAJORITY of the time that I eat here (which is slowly becoming M-F) is a good place to start. The next is that El Farolito on 24th and Mission St. knows their product and delivers it with incredible speed to their customers. To be blunt, if I learned that I was going to choke and die on a Chorizo Super Burrito from El Farolito, I would be glad knowing that would be the last taste I would ever know.

If that doesn't sell you, then 50 cent tortilla chips won't either and they do that too...

VIVA EL FAROLITO!
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Even though it's in North Beach, it's just as authentic, greasy - but not overly so - and delicious as any spot in the Mission. The grilled chicken taco salad is spicy and served with extra avocado.
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nick's way is amazing
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PLANTAIN. BURRITOS.
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Love this place - great Salsa!
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By far the best mexican food! Perfect amount of grease, authentic, CHEAP and open late night! One order of Suiza please....
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I came out of the womb eating an El Farolito burrito from the Excelsior and now my staple diet consists of super greasy super suizas /w carne asada and jalapeños from the Mission location.
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I eat here all the time when I've had too much to drink and it's spectacular. The coolest part is - it's still spectacular when I'm sober.
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the tacos..so creative
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the burrito the size of your forearm
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The salsa and chips are amazing.
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the tacos
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Best carnitas in the city!
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Grab a Chicken Tostada salad and a double blended margarita
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awesome, what do you recommend here?
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what do you recommend here?
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Open late, cheap and the guys that work there are really nice. Plus their food is the most authentic Mexican food that I've had in Northern California.
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They have classic Mexican dishes with flair. Where else in the city can you have cactus that tastes as awesome as it sounds?! Their margaritas are potent, and they have the best selection of flavors AND serve them by the pitcher. Perfect for groups and a dinner for two.
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A little out of the way, but worth it. Their mole is rich, and their margaritas are strong. The ambience is dark, and the food's far from light.
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they make you happy there
Screw this place. Terrible customer service and both the owner and manager are despicable, I'll never give this place my money after they way they treated me during a catering order. They didn't bother to show up with our catering order for a business function, and ducked my calls until I had to go down there in person. Horrible.
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crazy...never had a prob and been there 100s of times. People use Pinchit for recommendations Yolanda, so where else would you recommend for Mexican?? (maybe leave the negative stuff on Yelp if you must).
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this place in Soma is great, awesome guacamole good atmosphere, good for large groups
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I like this place a lot. This place also has a nice bar and the food is pretty good. I had ceviche and flautas. Both were delicious.
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Although honestly, this question is too broad! How about "best non-oaxacan mexican in SF"?
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La Qaxaquena is one of my favorites because they make incredible mole and banana leaf tamales. I stick to the classics (tilapia, chicken mole, shrimp), but the more adventurous foodies can order up ostrich, tarantula, and even grasshopper. Let me know how that goes for you.
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Ostrich, tarantula and grasshopper? Wow! It sounds like "Fear Factor" in La Qaxaquena.
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I LOVE La Qaxaquena. Awesome tamales, and the tacos and Horchata are also the best I've had!
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awesome i've always wanted to eat a tarantula
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La Palma Mexicatessen Molino y Tortilleria for anything carnitas. Tamales are also freaky-good.
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Mamacita for enchiladas and Tacolicious for tacos.
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Green Chile Kitchen has the best mexican food. their stews and burritos are amazing and everything is always really fresh. the only thing is that it is a bit $$$ for mexican food. worth it though
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Don Pisto's chicken verde enchiladas are insanely good.
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Pancho Villa Taqueria has such amazing food and $2 Taco Tuesdays! #winning
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A true classic! Hats off to Pancho.
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As the self-appointed NOPA expert, I can tell you that Papalote II Mexican Grill has the best grilled tofu and roasted tomato salsa, Nopalitos has the best taquitos and the totopos con chile are ridic. Green Chile Kitchen is delicious, technically "New Mexican" and my boyfriend swears by the roasted pork burrito.
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Don Ramon's - it's a photo finish for me between Don Ramon's and Puerto Alegre, but there's just something about the great margaritas, fresh food, and over-the-top friendly staff that makes this my go-to Mexican food spot in SF.
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Any differences between the two, Bill?
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Stand-out dishes include?
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The shrimp cocktail, ceviche, and nachos.