Food & Drink

We tried 12 blocks-worth of Mission St tacos... here're the authentic-est

Published On 06/16/2014 Published On 06/16/2014
Alexander Lovell
Alexander Lovell
Alexander Lovell
Alexander Lovell
Alexander Lovell
Alexander Lovell
Alexander Lovell
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1. Taqueria Vallarta 3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

One of a handful of locations, this Mexican spot doles out some seriously tasty tacos and more, and if you want to sample their specialty, order the cochinita pibil, a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish of Mayan origin.

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2. El Castillito 2092 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Some argue that this no-frills eatery is one of Mission's best taquerias. Why? Because they melt sliced cheese on their tortillas before creating some of the best tacos and burritos (which are hearty in and of themselves). Taqueria El Castillito also offers large veggie burritos and number of other consistently delicious Mexican eats.

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3. Yucatasia 2164 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Located in the Mission, these guys serve up outstanding eats from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, like their mouth-watering tacos made with handmade tortillas and a massive amount of toppings.

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4. Taqueria La Alteña 2588 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Open for 35 years, La Alteña is home to a kitchen staff that knows how to cook. The al pastor -- a shawarma-style wheel of pork marinated in dried chiles, spices, and pineapple -- has a rich, spicy flavor, and the meat is moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

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5. Chava's Restaurant 2839 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Homemade tortillas and next-level carnitas bring the tacos at Chava's up a notch, and their wide beer selection makes the experience even better.

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6. Chavita's Restaurant 3006 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Chavita's, a Mission taqueria with super-renowned grub, has been holding down for the taco fort for more than a decade. The audience coming in knows exactly what to get -- the carnitas tacos are the ticket, but that's not to say everything else isn't worth a bite either.

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