Everyone knows to go to Taqueria El Farolito in nearby Mission District for the super burritos, but we’re in love with these other local Mexican spots as well. Take a bite out of this short list of caliente spots:
La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, 101 Hyde St, 0.5 miles from NEMA San Francisco. The La Cocina Municipal Marketplace has a few Mexican options worth checking out. Chef Guadalupe Moreno has her signature dish, a taco on a corn tortilla stuffed with delicious, saucy fillings like rajas con papas or juicy chicken tinga at Mi Morena. Los Cilantros’ Chef Dilsa Lugo crafts delicious homestyle Mexican comfort foods, like crispy tostadas, chile rellenos and enchiladas, as well as guacamole and vibrant salads that highlight family recipes and the beauty of fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Try the Tostadas de Ceviche with local rock cod ceviche seasoned with lime, red onions, tomato and a touch of Serrano chiles.
El Castillito, 136 Church St, 0.9 miles from NEMA San Francisco. Authentic Mexican spot serving up hearty burritos, carnitas & other south-of-the-border favorites. The delicious Quesadilla El Castillito has cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños & choice of meat. “My go to favorite place for a burrito. Good ingredients, flavorful carne asada and they do a good job spreading out the ingredients, so you get a bit of everything on every bite. The green salsa is delicious which for me is part of the burrito experience.” - Enri L.
Poc-Chuc Restaurant, 2886 16th St, 0.9 miles from NEMA San Francisco. The family-run Mission District mainstay features delightful Spanish and Mayan cuisine (from the Yucatan Peninsula) fusion in a Latin atmosphere. The Poc Chuc entrée comes with grilled citrus marinated pork served with vegetable-bouillon rice topped with grilled red onions tomatoes salsa and a side of black bean puree. “Great value and delicious food. The poc chuc is delicious. Flavorful pork, handmade corn tortillas, tasty grilled onions and cabbage slaw.” - Jennifer L.
Nopalito, 306 Broderick St, 1.3 miles from NEMA San Francisco. One of the city’s best-known destinations for a more upscale sit-down Mexican meal, Nopalito is a showcase for chef Gonzalo Guzman’s cooking, with its emphasis on local, sustainable ingredients and a wide range of regional dishes. Try the Quesadilla De Primavera, featuring yellow corn tortilla, grilled asparagus, mushrooms, nopalitos, fresh epazote, jack cheese, queso fresco, onions, cilantro and salsa de huitlacoche y tomatillo.
La Taqueria, 2889 Mission St, 1.9 miles from NEMA San Francisco. This no-frills taqueria serves Mexican eats, including famed traditional-style, rice-free burritos. “Hands down the best damn "Taco dorados" crispy tacos you'll ever have. The carne asada is marinated deliciously and laid over a bed of beans, topped with picadillo salsa and sour cream!!” - Tatianni D.
Image Credit: El Castillito
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