If you name yourself after shredded pork, you better know where to get a good taco
GO WEST, CARNITA: GORDO TAQUERIA
Contrary to many an impassioned diatribe, the Mission District is not the only place in our city to find some top-notch carnitas. Residents of the Richmond and Sunset enjoy not only relatively ample street parking, but also three Gordo Taqueria locations to call their own. You know a place takes its carnitas seriously when you look behind the sneezeguard and note that the carnitas section is at least three times the size of that of any other type of meat. On my last visit, every person in the restaurant was eating carnitas — even diners who I judged to be lapsed vegetarians by their guilty facial expressions. Fair warning, the standard carnitas tacos comes with beans, which aren't usually my jam, but that's how they do things in the Wild West.
Various SF locations. www.gordotaqueria.com
CARNITAS TO NAME YOURSELF AFTER: TAQUERIA SAN JOSE
As previously stated, these were the carnitas that launched an alter ego. If Beyonce had eaten them, Sasha Fierce could well have been Carnita Fierce. San Jose's carnitas are perfect, always as juicy on the inside as they are crispy on the outside, and served in taco form for a little over $2. Better still, there is never a line — meaning that you will have ordered, eaten, and been halfway through digesting your pork in the time it takes your drunk friends to get to the cash register at Farolito across the street. Also, every Friday the place is full of cute nerds playing Magic: The Gathering. What's not to love?
2830 Mission, SF. (415) 282-0203
Your author. Photo by Thomas Camilleri
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