The Golden Gate to my heart are tacos in San Francisco.

The Golden Gate to my heart are tacos in San Francisco.

In the beginning of July, I made my way back to the West Coast to explore 4 National Parks, 1 National Forest, and spend (not enough) time in San Francisco, California and Bend, Oregon. Over the course of two weeks, I hiked 76 miles, kayaked 5 miles, white water rafted 3 miles, and mountain biked over 20 miles. Even though I was a walking zombie by the end of the two week period, I would take an action-packed trip like this again over any other type of vacation.

After Alexis and I had an amazing 4 days in Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park, we continued our road trip up north to San Francisco.

Japanese Tea Garden
Japanese Tea Garden

Navigating the hills of the city of San Francisco was no issue or trouble for two Pittsburgh native gals. We managed to see the Japanese Tea Garden inside Golden Gate Park, browse the vintage shops in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, eat tacos in Mission Dolores Park, and meet my close college friend, Jess, at Magnolia Brewing in the Dogpatch area all before sunset.

It is hard to say what my highlight was on the first day in San Francisco because it was all so much fun, but the tacos were definitely up there. Based on a google search and confirmation with Jess, I chose La Taqueria on 2889 Mission Street in San Francisco’s Mission District for my first tacos of the vacation.

Me, in front of a mural.

Mission District is named for the 1776 built Mission Dolores and is a neighborhood filled with Latino roots and hipster flair. Besides taquerias, tattoo parlors, and gourmet ice cream shops, vibrant murals fill the streets. I took a moment to pose in front of the first mural I admired while walking to La Taqueria.

La Taqueria exterior

The two lucky tacos I ordered from La Taqueria were the chicken supreme style and the carne asada with onions and cilantro. By the time I ran across the street to get a picture of the building exterior, the order was ready for pick up. Alexis ordered the exact same tacos but also got a fresh mango horchata. We split an order of chips and salsa, too.

We took our takeout tacos to Mission Dolores Park to soak in some sun (and wind) and to observe a regular Wednesday crowd at the park. Trying to keep the salsa cup lids, napkins, and hair at bay was a difficult task with the wind, but Alexis and I managed it.

chicken supreme taco

The first taco I tried was the chicken supreme taco with a double shell (soft and crunchy), guacamole, beans, sour cream, and a pico salsa. HEFTY. Borderline burrito. There was almost too much going on. The crunch from the inner harder corn shell was almost barely there with all the wet toppings, but not unnoticeable. I really liked the gauc and beans in this taco. Even with all the wet toppings, the chicken flavor was still present and delicious without any dryness. Overall, I would rank this taco a 4 out of 5.

carne asada taco

The next taco I tried was the carne asada with just the steak, cilantro, onions, and some pico on a double soft corn shell. The carne asada was the dominant flavor here. It was extremely meaty. With the simpler toppings, I could really taste the authentic and delicious shells. All in all, a solid traditional carne asada coming in at a 4 out of 5.

a chip with salsa

I know I do not rank chips and salsa or horchata, but La Taqueria makes a mean mango horchata and sides. 5 out of 5 for both. Alexis ecstatically agreed with my ranking on the drink and chips and salsa.

We were thoroughly pleased with our first meal in San Francisco and let me just say that San Francisco’s food scene is spectacular from Mission Street to Chinatown to all the small bakeries and gelato shops in between.

Price: Regular $4.30 per taco. Super $7.45 per taco.

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