San Francisco is a vibrant city. The streets of this beautiful place are lined with restaurants upon restaurants that feature unique menus, classic delicacies, and many cultural fares. If it’s culture you’re looking for, head on over to one of San Francisco’s many Mexican restaurants. The city is filled with delicious Mexican choices, but we’ve got to tell you that they’re not all the same. Of course, some are better than others. But what we’ve done for you is find out which restaurants are the best among the rest. Here are the top five Mexican restaurants you’d have to try out if ever you are in San Francisco.
This is a completely different Mexican dining experience altogether. When you go to Nopalito, you won’t get dishes that have been slapped together as is usual with street-style Mexican food. Every dish you’ll get here will be carefully composed and created with fresh, locally sourced, and sustainable ingredients. It’s not traditional, but you’ll definitely feel the traditional inspiration in all the dishes. Regardless, every dish here has been well though out, so the results are always stunning and absolutely delightful. Make sure you order something made out of nopales or cactus leaves—the restaurant takes its name from these delicacies after all.
If you’re looking for a bright and festive Mexican experience, head over to Loló to catch a glimpse of their brilliance. Everything here has the California twist of sun and shine. You’ll taste the brightness in their menu as well. It’s almost as if you get happy just by eating their food. Who wouldn’t be anyway with delicious seared pork belly salads and panko fried avocado tacos? This is exactly the type of place where you’d probably want to order one of everything. Each item on the menu sounds good, and guess what? They truly are. You’re better off bringing the party along so you can order as much food as you can.
This is probably the type of Mexican place that we all would love to live next door to. It’s the place that will remind you of your grandma’s cooking even though your grandma’s not Mexican. When you talk about Mexican food, you’re probably thinking about fresh tortillas and homemade mole sauce, right? If you aren’t, then you should. This place will give you exactly that. And what more could you expect from the guys that brought us all Uno Dos Tacos and Super Duper burgers? At Flores, you’ll have Mexican the traditional way. You’ll get the most authentic selections of enchiladas, carnitas, and mole negro poblanos among many others. Interestingly enough, they couple that traditional menu with a completely modern cocktail menu. And trust us when we say this: their cocktails are strong. Better eat some more tacos to soak up all the tequila you’ll be having.
For yet another unique Mexican experience, you should look into Californios for dinner one day. You’ll likely go back again that very week, and we wouldn’t blame you. Californios will give you a completely urban Mexican vibe. It’s elegant and it’s absolutely stunning. All the dishes you’ll get will probably not remind you of Mexican visually, but as soon as you take a bite, you’ll be taken to the streets of Mexico City straight away. The dishes you’ll get here are pieces of artwork that reflect the art on the walls. Again, we said it would be an experience, and you’ll have to see it to believe it.
No matter where the Mexican cuisine might be headed into the future, nothing could ever replace the simplicity and brilliance of the simple street-style Mexican food. It’s difficult to argue against the fact that Mexican food is just mean to be enjoyed that way. As traditional as Tacolicious may be when it comes to their options, some of their flavors are pretty unique. They do have albacore tuna tostadas and for some reason they work completely. It’s the best of both worlds, and you can find it at a restaurant where you could dine in all night and make new friends over shots of tequila. They do have over 100 specialty tequilas in house, so you already know this place will bring you a good time.
Written by Garrett Parker
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