Category Archives: Mexican

5 savory dishes to try in San Francisco

As much as I hate to admit this, I will concede that our neighbors up north do have a pretty respectable vibrant food scene. During the week of Christmas, a few college friends and I drove up to San Francisco and crashed at Rosalie’s family home, which is nestled in Outer Sunset.

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TJ’s Tacos LA: where Viet style tacos are a thing

Lock & Key's entrance
Lock & Key’s entrance off Vermont Avenue

A couple of weeks ago, Irene at TJ’s Tacos LA brought our attention to a taco pop-up event (2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month) being held at a local bar. The name may not say much, but the headline, Vietnamese-style tacos, sure caught our attention. The word Vietnamese immediately piqued our interest, because of our shared love of Southeast Asian flavors. Viet tacos, say what?

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Gracias Madre – West Hollywood

This past Sunday, a few of my college friends and I headed out to Weho to try Gracias Madre for Dine LA’s Restaurant Week. Gracias Madre, Spanish for “Thanks, Mother,” is an eclectic Mexican-inspired restaurant. The menu’s outlandish choice of ingredients would probably make any conventional Mexican flinch with confusion, with its generous use of non-indigenous (and perhaps outlandish) ingredients like kale and tempeh, and perhaps more importantly, lack of meat.

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Off the Grid at Fort Mason – San Francisco

Off the Grid is a a food truck experience more so than anything. I first stumbled on this event on Yelp, essentially a food truck market held once at a week at Fort Mason Center, which was once a military port.

Now I must admit, I’ve never been too fond of food trucks (especially those of the bourgeois sort), and Off the Grid didn’t really change my general opinion of them. Granted, there were a lot of interesting dishes I ended up having, given the sheer volume of trucks present on site.

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Lucy’s Tamale Factory – San Jose, CA

Lucy’s Tamale Factory
3739 Madeline Dr.
San Jose, CA 95127
http://www.lucystamalefactory.com

This tamale factory is famous in San Jose, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It isn’t the best tamales I’ve ever had, but they are good.  $2 each is a little pricey, considering they don’t taste too good the next day.  It’s in a ghetto area, I didn’t want to drive my new car there so I took my old one haha.  The shop is in a hidden plaza, so you need to know your way around San Jose to get to this place.

Jalapeno & Cheese: SPICY (for me at least), freshly eaten, the cheese is melted and it is heavenly.  Wait until the next day, you’re going to find yourself eating a tamale with a cheesestick inside…

 

Chicken con chile – The best! Chicken is super juicy and the green chile sauce is yummy, corn maza is textured but not hard, just the way I love it.

 

Beef – This special one was $3, but it was worth it.  The beef is tender, juicy, and extremely delicious.  Not spicy.

 

Sweet tamale – This unique dessert tamale is like a corn bread, Mexican style.  So soft and warm, the taste of corn is the best, and there are chunks of pineapple in it.

 

We also tried pork and regular chicken, not impressed.  The pork was juicy, but it didn’t have too much flavor.  The chicken was a little dry and also was bland.

I will definitely be coming back for the chicken con green chile and the sweet tamales, those are my favorite!

~Nicole

Taqueria Las Vegas – Milpitas

 

Taqueria Las Vegas – Carne Asada Fries
Milpitas, CA 

I ordered the carne asada fries today and forgot how good they were.  The 3 of us could barely finish this.  The fries are crunchy but thick cut so there was a lot of potato inside them.  They gave plenty of meat and cheese as you can see.  Paired it with their fresh tortilla chips and horchata…best picnic ever!

~Nicole