There's two threads going on right now about taquerias (lack of tastiness) in the Richmond district and the blandness of Picante in Berkeley.
Within those discussions there was a riff on "what to order" or "ordering around" the menu to avoid disappointment.
This got me thinking -- what do people usually order, what's their barometer? What are people's yardstick to compare greatness?
Example, one of the big burrito blogs in the Bay Area (burritoeater?) only orders the exact same thing, not my order but for this guy (and the particular order) it gives a real idea of what's best.
To another point -- what specifics do you order at one taqueria that you only order there because of it's greatness or because everything else is lacking? I generally subscribe to this concept at many/most mom and pop places of any type of cuisine.
So the questions again are:
1) your barometer order and your barometer taqueria
2) any taquerias where you order only one thing?