Here are three great restaurants to try out on your next trip to San Francisco. After our visit to all three, we wanted to share these ideas. Let us know what you think!
Expect to wait in a long line to be seated at this casual Mexican restaurant. Once seated, they do offer you chips and salsa. I wasn’t too crazy about the chips- they were on the thick side. The salsa on the other hand, tasted fresh and yummy. On our visit, we tried the kale salad, 4 different tacos that were all delicious, and we shared a pitcher of margarita! The kale salad tasted fresh and delicious. It was perfectly balanced using a cider-cumin vinaigrette. The salad was big enough for two people to share. Then on to the tacos…we had the fried rock cod, shot-and-a-beer braised chicken, traditional carnitas, and their taco of the week. All were delicious in their own way. The pitcher of margarita de la casa was tasty and strong. Over all, we were happy that we decided to go to Tacolicious. We came a little later in the evening so we didn’t have to wait long for a party of 2. We also enjoyed the loud music playing which made the ambience better.
We came here on a Saturday night and much to our surprise, they were able to seat us within 45 minutes! Needless to say, we felt fortunate to not have to wait too long. We started out with the house made red sangria and the pisco sour. This was the best sangria I’ve had in a while. The pisco (Peruvian brandy) sour was tasty as well. On this visit, we ordered a whole chicken – pollo a la brasa – which came with 3 different delicious sauces. It was a lot of food, leaving us with some leftovers to take home, but I can’t complain about that! Along with the chicken, we had the yuca fries and the tacu tacu. The yuca fries were good but cut on the thicker side. They had minimal flavor beyond the flavor of yuca itself. The tacu tacu was flavored rice, an interesting side dish but not spectacular. If I were to come back, I would like to try the vegetable salteados.
Mission Beach Café
Don’t get me wrong, the food is delicious but I’m just not sure it was worth the 1 hour 15 minute wait to be seated. There is no calling ahead (for brunch) for this restaurant – you have to come and put your name down on the clipboard that is hanging in front by the door of the restaurant. We decided to walk around since we were pretty far down on the list. When we came back, we had to wait some more. After noticing a few patrons walk into the restaurant and out with coffee cups and pastries, we realized that we could have had their coffee while waiting to be seated. I only wished they had told us about this.
On this visit, we had the lamb hash and the MBC scramble. Both entrees were good. The lamb hash was topped with two overeasy eggs. It was a little rich, but I polished off the whole plate. The MBC scramble was good and it came with a side of brunch potatoes. The brunch potatoes were cooked perfectly – a little crunchy on the outside, just right on the inside and full of flavor. We wished we had ordered a side of bacon as we caught a glimpse of it coming out of the kitchen and looking crispy.
The experience would have been better had the wait time not exceeded the dining time, but overall, we were happy with the brunch.
By: Florinda Davis, Copyright JL7 Ventures LLC