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Chile verde @ La Tapatia, SSF

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Chile verde @ La Tapatia, SSF

Melanie Wong | Feb 6, 2002 07:42 PM

In need of a quick bite on my drive down to the Peninsula today, I toyed with the idea of scoping out an untried taqueria from the many in Redwood City. Instead I exited in South San Francisco to revisit La Tapatía after an absence of some 8 years.

This is a small Mexican/Latin American grocery store with a take-out counter in the back. It's on Grand Ave., across from City Hall. I picked up many lunches here when I worked in the area, as well as tamales at Christmas time.

I had ordered a carnitas taco, when the chile verde was restocked from the back. It looked so wonderful I changed my order to a burrito. This was the right decision! The green sauce was piquant and multi-dimensional, the pork tender, the tortilla (properly grilled on the flat top and not steamed) was elastic and chewy, and the rice, refritos, salsa and lettuce were in just the right proportions. I remembered that this was one of the few places where I preferred the burritos to tacos. The regular burrito here is $3.25 and I could only eat half of it for lunch.

Street parking is easy here and you get an hour on the meter for your 25¢.

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