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Welcome To El Toro Taqueria

Reporting from San Francisco, Phil.

As you may know, I have recently relocated from sunny Miami to the cooler, foggier, yet burrito-rich San Francisco in hopes of achieving my dreams of never being more than a five minute walk from a great burrito joint.

My new living arrangements far surpassed my expectations.

Situated in San Francisco's Mission District, I was overjoyed to see a Taqueria less than one block from my apartment.

Located at 17th and Valencia, Taqueria El Toro is hard to miss, both because of the location, and the word "TAQUERIA" painted in huge letters on the side of the building. I knew a lot was riding on my first visit to Taqueria El Toro. Either I would happen upon a jewel of the Mission, thus having an awesome taqueria a mere stone's throw from my door, or I would discover an overzealous yet underperforming disappointment that I would see every time I walked home.

Check out the menu page 1 and page 2 (opens in a new window).

Which would El Toro prove to be? Where would it fall in the hierarchy of the great taquerias? How would El Toro shape my life as a San Franciscan?

And why did all the ladies working inside wear funny little uniforms? Let's find out.

This entry is filed in El Toro Taqueria.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 by Phil.


Phil - I love El Toro! Don't forget that it about its sister restaurant, Pancho Villa. I'm curious to hear your comparisons of the two. Burrito on!

Posted by: jennipah at March 27, 2006 07:15 PM

Phil - El Toro is pretty damned good. I'm looking forward to further reviews. We could even do a road trip to the Burrito District of East Mountain View one day if you'd like.

Posted by: gabe at April 2, 2006 05:10 PM

Dude...You are at Burrito "Ground Zero" in the Mission! Enjoy!! :-)

Posted by: Art at April 5, 2006 10:37 AM

Love Taqueria El Toro! Been going there for a long time now and the food is still yummy!!!

Posted by: San Francisco Photorama at April 12, 2006 10:56 AM

Hi guys,
I lived in the Mission for about 3 months , TEN YEARS ago and am now back in India...but still dream about El Toro's burritos. They used to have this really delicious cold Rice drink that i am trying to trace the recipe for. Could you tell me what its called ? And I dont suppose you'd have the recipe ???

Posted by: kuki at November 17, 2006 06:39 AM

El Toro is delish. I think the rice drink you're thinking of is called horchata. Here's a recipe:

Posted by: steve at February 17, 2007 03:11 PM

Oh my goodness, I am originally from S.F. and I swore by El Toro. It was by far the best. Now I live in Atlanta and CANNOT find anything that even compares. I wish they would open something down here:(

Posted by: Mel at April 23, 2008 10:28 AM