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Pastores versus La Taqueria

Windy | Jun 3, 200607:19 PM

I dropped in at La Taqueria this week because I was next door at Dianda's and hadn't eaten breakfast. I almost never go there because of the high prices, although it was one of the first regular stops when I still liked burritos and their guacamole is basically all avocado.

I got a chicken taco and a lengua one, with nothing added on. Tacos are $3.85! (or was it $3.65? A full dollar more than the last time I ate there. What is this--Mijita?) Adding guacamole costs $1! $8 for two tacos, with no chips.

Okay, but how was it? I got in the car and tasted. The chicken is still huge juicy chunks of white meat. The tortillas are commercial. Beans added nothing but heft. I don't like beans to start with. There was way too much fresh salsa, that had very little flavor. It basically watered down the whole taco and dripped sauce all over my car.

The lengua was horrid. A giant grey shredded mass with a heavy dose of cilantro. I tossed it.

I wish I'd stuck to the flour quesadilla with guacamole which looked great on the griddle; or headed across the street to Taquieria San Jose or to La Corneta. This is a better place for burritos than tacos, and they're priced accordingly. But still.

So wised up and still craving Mexican food, I got my favorite meal at Pastores today. Chilequiles with carne asada. Their green salsa includes chunks of fresh avocado.

Is there better comfort food in the Mission? (Maybe those amazing home fries at St. Francis Fountain). Thin fried steak, cream, crunchy tortillas, cheese, and that magic green sauce to hold it all together.

I also got a melon (cantelope) agua fresca that was fresh and not overly sweet.

This is Mexican food to write home about.

La Taqueria is on Mission near 26th street. Pastores is on Mission and Cortland, across from Spicy Bite.

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