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La Taqueria

Cabeza Means Head

Quatro cabeza does not mean forehead.

Beef head tacos from La Taqueria are heavy on the onions and cilantro. And delicious.

This La Taqueria meal was rated: 7.7.

Thursday, September 21, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for Cabeza Means Head

A Tale Of Two Tacos

During my first meal at La Taqueria, with Jessie, we received a bite of advice from a fanatical patron next to us in the family style seating.

The advice: try the tacos. Lines flow out the door on a regular basis, and she estimated that more than half of the orders placed are for tacos. Determined to spread the taco love, she insisted I take a photo to share with the world.

Left: chicken. Right: carne asada with guacamole.

Thursday, July 06, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for A Tale Of Two Tacos

Archive: Nate And The Quesadilla

This photo's so old there's not that much I have to say about it. Nate was eating a quesadilla.

A frequent consumer of Anna's Taqueria, Nate noted that the La Taqueria quesadillas are slightly more greasy and bi-fold when compared to the tri-fold Anna's version.

Monday, June 19, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for Archive: Nate And The Quesadilla

Hot Sauce Application Analysis

Application of hot sauce has always been a point of contention among burrito fans.

There are two prevailing theories:

  1. Pre Production | Applied by burrito constructor
  2. Post Production | Applied by burrito consumer
Personally, I prefer my hot sauce added in pre production. Here's a little pro / con analysis, because I'm a dork.

Pre Production Pros:

  • Strong distribution with ingredients
  • Care free eating experience
  • One handed operation
Pre Production Cons:
  • Cannot season to taste
  • Limited choice in hot sauce variety
Post Production Pros:
  • Season to taste
  • Sample multiple sauces per burrito
Post Production Cons:
  • Poor distribution
  • Repetitive application required
La Taqueria offers squeeze bottle hot sauce applicators at each table. Restaurant owners, take a lesson: this rocks. It's way better than a salsa bar and easy to control.

Plus La Taqueria is delicious, which doesn't hurt.

This La Taqueria meal was rated: 8.5.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for Hot Sauce Application Analysis

Bicycle! Bicycle!

A couple days ago San Francisco Burrito Analyst Phil Jonas departed on a seven day bicycle journey to Los Angeles.

We hope he gets there.

Phil, pictured here at La Taqueria, one of San Francisco's most famous taqueria's, takes a mean bite out of a burrito. Did you know he once ate three in one sitting?

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for Bicycle! Bicycle!

La Taqueria Neon Claims Global Crown

Neon signs have failed me more than once in the past. La Taqueria's sign boasts, "The Best Tacos & Burritos In The Whole World."

Some things are a matter of taste, but after a year of traveling the world, I hesitate to call the sign a liar.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for La Taqueria Neon Claims Global Crown

Adjunct Burrito Analyst

For my first La Taqueria experience, I met up with Jessie, who you may remember as one of two Cosmic Cantina experts.

Jessie knows burritos, though she is not a Junior Burrito Analyst. Perhaps she should be. For the purpose of this burrito hunt, we'll call her an Adjunct Burrito Analyst.

La Taqueria was packed. The line loops around from the cashier (located by the front door) to the back wall and then back to the front door. With this many people waiting, there must be pots of gold at the end of the burrito queue, or at least delicious tortilla delights.

There was no gold. From the mid-chew smile on Jessie's face, you can bet we left happy.

This La Taqueria meal was rated: 8.7.

Monday, April 10, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for Adjunct Burrito Analyst

Welcome To La Taqueria

The anticipation. La Taqueria is legendary.

As one of the older Taquerias in San Francisco's Mission district (Map), La Taqueria also has a location in San Jose on S 1st Street (Map).

They claim to have, "The Best Tacos & Burritos In The Whole World." That's quite a statement. Tell me more.

Seating is provided, but often unavailable, which reminds me of Tito's in LA. The Mission Street location is always packed.

The menu is sparse, containing only the essentials: burritos, tacos, and quesadilla. There is no rice in the entire restaurant, and meat is added by hand - bare hand. Don't question it. Just eat.

Check out the menu here (opens in a new window).

Monday, April 10, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for Welcome To La Taqueria