Restaurants, Mexican Mission
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Tacolicious sits on a block that's at the heart of the Mission gentrification, bridging the gap between the old Hispanic district and the young tech hub. Here, traditional Mexican street food—tacos, enchiladas, sopes, tostadas—is interpreted with local, seasonal and supremely fresh ingredients. Sit at one of the tall tables, belly up to the bar, or bask under Paul Madonna's cityscape mural on the patio in the company of bearded hipsters discussing their latest DIY projects. Whether you order albacore tuna tostadas with crispy leeks and chipotle mayo, or one of a dozen taco offerings like guajillo-braised beef short ribs, all come with three kinds of salsa (the habanero with turmeric and rice vinegar may require one of the 100 specialty tequilas to cool you down).


Venue name: Tacolicious
Address: 741 Valencia St
San Francisco

Cross street: between 18th and 19th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–midnight
Transport: Bus 14, 33, 49
Price: Main courses: $3.95–$15
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