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Tacos and Champurrado in the Mission

Melanie Wong | Aug 20, 2004 03:13 AM

Wednesday night I stopped at El Chico #4, recommended by Felice and Pssst, to pick up some veggies. Nearby Taqueria Vallarta had a stand on the sidewalk offering up tamales and tacos. Got a couple tacos - lengua and suadero. The suadero was on the dry side and not as rich as the versions I've had in Santa Rosa. Lengua was buttery in texture and rather plain, but satisfying. The corn tortillas are grilled with a little oil, the way I like them. Salsas and garnishes are self-serve, and you can sit down inside to eat them. The tacos are just meat (no beans) and a good amount for the $1.50 per.

Across the way, I noticed a sign on the window of El Dolfin for Atole de Nuez and Champurrado. It was gray and cold enough to feel like having one of these hot beverages. However, atole was not available. The champurrado was darkly colored with more cocoa than some, but little spice or complexity, and not that thick. But I was happy with my $1.50 investment.

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