5 Great and Distinct Taquerias of the Mission

Some people think taquerias are all the same, but when you live in such close proximity to so many, you start to see they each have their own personality.

Updated: October 30, 2009

5 Great, and Distinct Taquerias of the Mission


El Farolito

2951 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Best Grease: When you want to be decimated by your meal, just grab a delicious and dripping Quesadilla Suiza. A guilty pleasure right next to the 24th st BART.


El Metate Restaurant

2406 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Classiest: While many taquerias are just a hole in the wall, this one offers a lovely dining room with authentic decoration. Their Fish Tacos are renowned city-wide, and they serve Mission Minis Horchata cupcakes for dessert.


Papalote Mexican Grill

3409 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Veggie's Delight: When you order a vegetarian burrito at some taquerias, they just take out the meat. Here, rice and beans are augmented with zucchini, carrots, and other seasonal vegetables. They'll make your carnivorous friends think twice.


Pancho Villa Taqueria

3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Live Music: Why eat in silence when Pancho Villa's has a steady stream of guitar slinging Mariachi's to serenade you. The festive atmosphere at this taqueria makes it a great pit stop during a night out.