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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Street Taco Brings Mexico City Street Food to the Haight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge Campechanos (chorizo and beef tacos). - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Campechanos (chorizo and beef tacos).

For all the many regional variations among taquerias in San Francisco, there are few that actually hail from D.F. ("day EFF-ay," otherwise known as Mexico City). Fish tacos come from Baja, tacos al vapor originate in Michoacán, and of course, Mission-style tacos are more or less native to here. Street Taco wants to change that.

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Along with its green VW Beetle taxi logo and crisp, Helvetica-esque typeface, the not-especially-Google-able Street Taco churns out delicious handmade tortillas with a wide variety of meats. Apart from the usual pollo, carne asada, and carnitas, you'll find costilla (beef rib), campechano (chorizo and beef), and alambres (chicken or beef with peppers and cheese). No lexan full of radishes here: the garnishes are limited to cilantro, onion and lime.

click to enlarge PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane

click to enlarge PETE KANE
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As with many things in life, that extra squirt of citrus makes the campechanos pop. While a $7 price tag for two tacos is going to rankle some people, diners should be aware that these suckers are big. (Not La Taqueria big, but generous with the meat. They do skimp out a bit on chips and salsa, though.) It's a bit loud in there, but the interior is bright and clean and not overly hipstered-out -- aside from the vintage Coke cooler, anyway. There are super burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and beer (bottled and on tap), plus twists on classics like the Street Caesar (baby romaine, cotija, pico de gallo, Caesar dressing and meat). At $6.50, it might hit the spot, even if purists will note that it was invented in Tijuana.

If they ventured a little further into offal territory, it would be brilliant, but the Haight isn't exactly the world capital of fine Mexican food, so Street Taco is definitely a strong plus.

Street Taco, 1607 Haight, 525-4435.

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