Helping to paint my hunband's office space on Chrstmas Eve, I decided that I needed some good tacos to work all day long until dinner time. Remembering a recent report on El Norteno taco truck on 6th street, we stopped there first. We split Carne Asada and Carnitas tacos. Carnitas taco was good, but I thought it was a bit on dry side. We then drove to El Tonayense truck on Harrison & 19th and got ourselves a couple of tacos such as Carne Asada, Carnitas, and Al Pastor. Carnitas meat was moist, tendor and one of the best I had. Carne Asada was tasty too. I was personally not too impressed with Tacos al Pastor. Maybe my expectation was too high. I was really hoping that I would get something really authentic. It also had a lot of fat in it that also turned me off. I would go back to El Tonayense for Carnitas tacos and will try other offerings next time such as Cabeza and Lengua. Our third stop of the day was the taco truck (I think it's called something like Charanguesa??) in front of Best Buy on Harrison. I was already full, so we only ordered 2 tacos (Carne Asada and Al Pastor). Wow, what a great Al Pastor! This may be the best one I had in the U.S. IMO. I think El Tonayense and El Norteno carne asada tacos were better, but it's worth a stop for Al Pastor tacos. We didn't try but they also serve Cuban sandwich.
All these places serve Americanized tacos in a sense that these tacos are bit too big with too much topping on 2 layers of corn tortillas. In Mexico, it's less topping with one layer of tortilla, so one adult would order like 6 tacos or more.
Since I will be in San Francisco every day this week, I am hoping that I can try a lot of other places that have been posted in the past that I could not join the chowhounds before!
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