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SF's Best Breakfast Tacos

Published On 08/01/2016 Published On 08/01/2016
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Lone Star Tacos

Tacolicious

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Marina

Tacolicious brings its signature deliciousness to its weekend brunch menu, which includes a stellar taco option for breakfast taco fans. The Lone Star Taco combines smoky poblanos, a rich homemade salsa macha, and Oaxacan cheese with scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes. The results are tucked into a fresh, warm La Palma tortilla. Pair it with a Caffe Roma coffee, or one of the legendary spicy Tapatio-spiked micheladas.

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Breakfast Taco

La Palma

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Mission

For those weekday hankerings, La Palma delivers breakfast taco perfection seven days a week. This Mission staple keeps it simple with a flavorful potato, egg, and chorizo filling folded into one of its homemade tortillas. All of La Palma’s salsas and tortillas are made fresh daily, in-house, and without preservatives -- which means you’re getting the absolute best ingredients in your taco. There’s only outdoor seating here, so plan to enjoy the sunshine (or brave the fog) as you demolish your breakfast.

Soft or Crispy Breakfast Taco

Green Chile Kitchen

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NoPa

Go for the soft or crispy shelled versions of these unbelievable tacos; you won’t be disappointed either way. Green Chile Kitchen wraps scrambled eggs, spicy pico de gallo, and your choice of meat in homemade blue corn masa tortillas. Its soft or crispy breakfast tacos are available as part of the delicious weekend brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-2pm.

Tofu or Marinated Steak Breakfast Tacos

Radish

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Mission

Choose your own breakfast taco adventure as you select between scrambled tofu or a pile of marinated steak. Radish keeps its breakfast tacos pretty classic, topping your choice of protein with sauteed bell peppers & onions, salty white cheddar, and ripe avocado, all of which is piled into a warm corn tortilla. These are paired with hash browns, fruit, or salad so you can turn your taco feast into a proper breakfast. Snag these breakfast tacos Tuesday through Friday before 3 pm and, if you’re dining on a Saturday, order up some bottomless mimosas.

The Little Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant

Breakfast Tacos

The Little Chihuahua

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Noe Valley

Mouthwatering breakfast tacos? Check. Heated patio with plenty of outdoor seating? Check.  An out-of-control array of fresh salsas and taco toppings? Check. The Little Chihuahua is the perfect place for a breakfast taco brunch. The breakfast tacos are an explosion of flavor, featuring sauteed poblano chiles, eggs, a smoky chile salsa, salty seasoned Mexican potatoes, and more. Go meaty with a spicy chorizo and Jack cheese filling, or enjoy a savory veggie combo of sauteed spinach and goat cheese. These breakfast goodies are only available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. Pair them with a Sightglass coffee or a carafe of tropical passion fruit mimosas.

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Pork Belly Austin Tacos

West of Pecos

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Mission

There’s a reason that these beauties are the star of the West of Pecos brunch menu, holding down the fort as its most popular brunch dish since the Mission Tex-Mex outpost launched a brunch menu. It’s a decadent breakfast taco extravaganza. The Pork Belly Austin Taco combines succulent slices of maple-glazed pork belly with fresh avocado, shredded cheese, golden scrambled eggs, and a drizzle of spicy chipotle aioli. Pair these with the famous Monster Mary (a giant bacon-spiked Bloody Mary) and you’ve got a brunch fit for a king. You can devour these tacos on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.

Breakfast Tacos

Taqueria Dos Amigos

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SoMa

Monday blues? Start the day off right and grab a pair of traditional breakfast tacos any day of the week at Taqueria Dos Amigos. Every order comes with two tacos stuffed with scrambled eggs and potatoes that come to life with spicy chorizo and fresh salsa, all piled into a warm tortilla. Spicy, cheesy, and totally satisfying -- these breakfast tacos will wake you up and get you charged for the day.

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Tacos de huevo a la Mexicana

Colibri Mexican Bistro

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Union Square

Every Saturday and Sunday, Colibri Mexican Bistro churns out some of the city’s finest breakfast tacos, packed with bold, bright flavors. Fluffy scrambled eggs, velvety black beans, and luscious nopales are guaranteed to satisfy. Crisp white onion, jalapeño, tomato, and cilantro add a splash of serious flavor. Sweeten the deal with bottomless mimosas (the ideal mate to any breakfast taco).

Matador

Breakfast Tacos

Matador

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Union Square

Matador is known for its legendary tacos. You’ve knocked back tortillas piled high with ingredients from here for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. So why miss out on taco excellence at brunch? The Matador brunch menu includes mind-bending breakfast tacos stuffed with spicy house-made chorizo, eggs, salty queso fresco, and a drizzle of fresh pico de gallo. Customize the size of your order and start with just one taco, or spring for the three-taco plate for hungry weekend mornings.

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1. Tacolicious 2250 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA (The Marina)

Two blocks down from the original (and now-closed) Chestnut St location, this outpost of Tacolicious is bigger and brighter than its predecessor. The gourmet taco shop's menu features the original tortilla-wrapped goods you know and love, all of which are made with locally-sourced ingredients. Expect near-authentic tacos filled with house-made chorizo and potatoes, Baja-style Pacific cod, and Guajillo chili-braised brisket. There's also a solid selection of tequila-heavy cocktails and beers from Mexico and California.

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2. La Palma Mexicatessen 2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This is a Mission Mexican spot that you do not want to miss. Tears of unfathomable happiness may be involved when you first bite into a La Palma taco. And the reason for this taco success? The unbeatable tortillas, which are made fresh (both by hand and by tortilla press), and are used to supply many of the best taquerias in town.

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3. Green Chile Kitchen 1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Marin)

Green Chile Kitchen sets itself apart from San Francisco's crowded landscape of casual Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants for its unique New Mexican food. More than a counter-serve (you order at the counter but servers bring your food to your table), the all-day NoPa spot is seemingly always crowded, and for good reason. The menu features traditional New Mexican chile stews, tamales, stuffed poblanos, enchiladas, plus rotisserie chicken roasted with the signature green chile citrus rub. GCK is the perfect mix of healthy and hearty that'll keep you hooked.

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4. Radish 3465 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Radish is an all-day restaurant in the Mission that seamlessly transitions between breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. In the morning, Californian dishes like avocado-laden breakfast tacos and walnut cornmeal pancakes reign supreme, while dinner focuses on Southern-accented classics like catfish, shrimp, and oyster po' boys and hush puppies. The neighborhood spot is also popular for Saturday brunch, due in no small part to its bottomless mimosa deal.

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5. Little Chihuahua 292 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

With locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and sizes for every taste (from regular to "super baby"), this burrito joint can't be kept under wraps. Especially when filling options range from 100% grass fed carne asada, salmon, refried pinto beans, and chorizo, to vegetarian black beans.

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6. West of Pecos 550 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This Massive Mission staple is an excellent go-to if you're rolling with a big group, especially if said group has a taste for Tex Mex with a slight SF twist like Dungeness Crabamole (you can probably figure out what that is) or green chile mac & cheese with cornbread crumbles. Continuing with the group thing, the drink options are deep on margarita pitchers and tequila-powered punch bowls.

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7. Taqueria Dos Amigos 888 Brannan St Ste 838, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Taqueria Dos Amigos is nothing fancy, which is precisely why it's so good. The Mexican counter-serve prepares all the usual cheese and tortilla suspects: tacos, burritos, and quesadillas filled with high-quality meats like grilled steak, BBQ pork, chicken verde, and more. The breakfast burritos are particularly noteworthy, not because they're cheap (but thank god they are), but because they're packed tight with chorizo, potato, scrambled eggs, and cheese -- aka enough sustenance to last you well into the afternoon.

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8. ColibrĂ­ Mexican Bistro 438 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

Colibri is the result of the owners' yearning to bring the Central Mexican food they grew up on in Cuernavaca to the city by the bay. The Union Square cantina serves the kind of hearty meat entrées that satisfy any and all non-taco Mexican cravings, like guacamole with handmade tortillas, Puebla-style mole served over chicken, and enchiladas served with a verde tomatillo-jalapeno sauce.

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9. Matador 679 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This upscale, Tendernob taco bar and tequileria offers inventive Mexican appetizers and entrees in open, modern digs. Vintage Mexican movies projected on the walls and a large painting of a female matador set the vibe, along with the venues call to fame: large goblets of frozen margaritas and a variety of other mezcal mixes.