Carnitas from Nopalito | Eva Kolenko
The city might be best known as the birthplace of the Mission burrito, but it’s also home to amazing pozole, mole, and handmade tortillas
San Francisco is blessed with more than its fair share of stellar taquerias, where you can snag an amazing Mission-style burrito or paper plate overloaded with carnitas or carne asada tacos. That’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to San Francisco’s Mexican food scene, which is as varied as it is vast, spanning old-school Mexican-American combo plate joints and a dazzling array of regional specialists — restaurants, both high-end and low, where diners can feast on Tijuana-style birria, Yucatecan cochinita pibil, and the masa-based street snacks of Mexico City.
Even during the pandemic, the majority of the city’s most distinctive Mexican spots have remained open to feed their communities. Here are 17 of those essential Mexican restaurants, which, collectively, comprise some of SF’s most compelling takeout and delivery options.