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Rico's in North Beach & the quick dinner dilemma

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Rico's in North Beach & the quick dinner dilemma

Mr. S | Jan 9, 2008 11:10 PM

I have just landed in a place that seems like North Beach, but I am told that it’s technically Russian Hill. Sometimes I even think I live in Chinatown. But anyhow, Rico's happens to be the closest restaurant of any kind to where I live.

About one month ago, I first went to Rico’s and ordered a carnitas burrito because I had heard that one of the major differences between LA and SF Mexican food was the taco vs. burrito. I sat and with my burrito and I enjoyed the carnitas inside, but the tortilla wasn’t homemade and I didn’t like all of the filler in there. The carnitas, although not crispy on the outside, were tender, well seasoned and juicy. And I’m not sure, but I think it was 8 bucks.

Tonight, after walking (past il Pollaio, last night’s takeout - wonderful dinner – grilled half chicken, made my own sides) home from work, I decided to give Rico’s a second shot. I stuck with the carnitas, due to a lingering bad taste from the carne asada last week in the Financial District. When the carnitas taco came, it was a quite loaded with lettuce, cheese and tomato on top of two large corn tortillas. Again, the carnitas inside were good just like before. The tortillas did not taste or feel fresh, nor were particularly hot. I thought again that the fillings were overwhelming, the meat stood on its own. I did like their rice, which is something I usually don’t get or notice. Maybe I was just cold and the rice was piping hot.

I have heard that the Mission is the place to go, but does anybody know of somewhere local to find some good tacos? I know better than to kick off an LA vs. SF taco war, but I would like to find something nearby. Anything worth checking out that is NON-taco would be appreciated as well.

I have been to:
Rico’s
Pellegrini
An Indian place that has a sports bar inside and sells T-shirts from the back?
II Pollaio

Thanks!

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