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the Eternal Tripitas Taco Crawl

brian j | Jun 2, 200810:02 AM

Recently I found myself in the Mission early one evening. I decided a mini taco crawl was in order. I stopped into La Taqueria first, having not eaten there in years, and ordered a carnitas taco. Although I won't so the taco was bad by any means, why on earth do they put beans on their tacos? I knew there would be beans so I asked for refried beans, but they couldn't get that right and I ended up with whole beans. The carnitas were tasty for sure, and the spicy green sauce they have on the tables is doubley delicious, but still, $4+ for a taco is ridiculous, even if it is quite large (almost like a mini burrito). I kinda felt like I had wasted valuable stomach real estate for something was good, but not too exciting.

A bit disgruntled for not being so adventurous lately when it comes to chowhounding I decided to pop into Vallarta next. I'd never eaten there before but had always been enticed by their street-style taco vendor. They myriad of meats all frying slowly on that circular grill is an awesome sight to behold. I watched as a few regulars ordered up delicious looking nondescript meats. One in particular caught my eye so I asked what it was. Tripitas. I figured it was time for me to take a leap of faith and give em a try. So I ordered a tripitas taco to supplement my "safe" chorizo taco. One bite and I knew I had made a wise decision. The tripe was tender and yielding with a bit of crispy bits. It far outshined the chorizo which was good, but certainly not anywhere near the best I had ever had. If only I hadn't already filled up on that generic taco from La Taqueria I would have gone back for more.

Yesterday I got up and decided to continue on my quest for more delicious tripitas tacos. I head over to the Tonayense taco truck on 14th. Ordered one tripitas and one carnitas. Again the tripitas beat out it's competitor. I've had some amazing carnitas tacos from Tonayense, but this one was just ok. No crispy bits. But the triptias were even better than Vallarta. Again tender, but more crispy bits and great flavor. I had considered crawling over someplace else to try someone else's tripitas, but it was so darned good that I just had to have another. So I ordered another round this time with a cabeza taco in lieu of carnitas. This time I asked for the meat extra crispy. The 2nd tripitas taco delivered awesometastic crispiness. The cabeza was tasty, but I guess it's harder to crispy since it's so wet. It was still quite delicious, shreddy, gelatinous beef. But the tripitas definitely won this round as well.

So now I'm wondering where should I go next for more outstanding tripitas?

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