Tacolicious is one of the eight best taco spots in S.F.
Tacolicious is one of the eight best taco spots in S.F.
Aubrie Pick

It’s Tuesday, and the heart calls for one thing: tacos.

We’ve discussed the city’s best fancy pizza places, late-night meals and tiki bars. We’ve comprehensively analyzed the Bay’s best sandwiches.

We’ve previously left tacos alone, though, partly because declaring top tacos seems to be a more subjective endeavor than most. So instead of calling these eight the city’s best — who, among us, can really judge? — we’ll only say that these are our favorites.

And we note, too, that these picks are limited to the city borders and brick-and-mortars, since taco trucks are a realm unto themselves, and deserve our sole attention at some point in the future.

The spot: Tato (map)

The pick: Berkshire pork al pastor, with achiote-marinated pork shoulder, pineapple Fresno chili salsa, white onion, cilantro and salsa verde
Also consider: Avocado tostadas
Tuesday situation: Taco happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with three tacos for $10 (also available non-Tuesday weeknights except Monday, when they’re closed)

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Night cap.

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The spot: La Oaxaquena (map)

The pick: The cecina, a spicy pork that’s salted and cured
Also consider: A tlayuda with Oaxacan quesillo

The spot: Nopalito (map)

The pick: Tacos de Pescado al Pastor, with seared fish and an ancho chile adobo, orange, onion, cilantro and salsa
Also consider: Sangria and the pork belly quesadillas

The spot: El Farolito (map)

The pick: With chorizo on a corn tortilla, if your stomach’s feeling too sensitive for the sesos (beef brain)
Also consider: A stand-out quesadilla super suiza, with cheese, steak, avocado, sour cream and salsa

The spot: Tacolicious (map)

The pick: The guajillo-braised beef (and if you’re not up on the exact definition of “guajillo,” expect garlic, guajillo chilis, cumin, oregano and black pepper
Also consider: The ceviche mixte with tuna, shrimp and green apple
Taco Tuesday situation: $15 for six tacos after 5 p.m.

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It's good to eat lunch

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The spot: Taqueria San Francisco (map)

The pick: Super shrimp with onions, cilantro, sour cream, cheese and avocado
Also consider: The frankly humongous burritos

The spot: El Metate (map)

The pick: Breaded fish on a corn tortilla with lettuce, rice and salsa
Also consider: The cheese enchilada plate with rice and beans

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hay papa! #sanpancho

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The spot: El Castillito (map)

The pick: The al pastor with onions, cilantro and salsa
Also consider: The prawn burrito (with precisely 12 prawns), rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, avocado, salsa, onions and cilantro