Okay, I know the boards can be debating forums, but I'm not looking for that - I'm going to say that the tacos at La Taqueria, on the corner of Mission and 25th in San Francisco, and the burritos at La Cumbre, on Valencia near 16th St., are the best Cal-Mex offerings on the planet.
Now I live in New York and, so far, nothing comes close.
Again, without wanting a debate, I'll say the taco truck on Broadway and 96th is sheer crap - the meat is horrible. Other suggested places serve lettuce - LETTUCE! - on their abominable tacos.
I'll say there's a decent Mexican restaurant, El Paso, on E. 97th, that's not bad - they have decent (if small) tacos on the menu.
But I want a storefront place that will make me smile, dream, and do backflips. A place whose tacos and burritos make me lick my arm to get the juices that ran.
If you have eaten at La Taqueria and/or La Cumbre in SF at least a dozen times, if you know how good those places are, please, for all that is sacred and good on God's green (chili) earth, please hit me up on a similar place in NYC. If your place is chosen, I will reward you with a burrito or a few tacos, on me.