Mexican food

San Fran Meets Guadalajara: A 7-Salsa Situation

For the last 30 years, Owner Pablo Patiño and Manager Esther Zepeda have run a masterful Mexican food operation. Taqueria El Farolito, the restaurant that birthed Taqueria Guadalajara, sits just across the street. If you’re ever on a San Francisco burrito tour, it starts and stops with these two joints.

EBX Carries on a Family Tradition

El Burrito Express’s two San Francisco locations represent more than just good dining. They’re proof of a long-living legacy, and one that EBX Owner Mila Lopez continues to uphold.

Papalote: A Fresh Neighborhood Gem

What’s better than Mexican food? Mexican food made completely with fresh ingredients, which is exactly what Papalote Mexican Grill offers. Owned by Victor Escobedo and Jodi Hernandez, Papalote serves authentic Mexican dishes that bring back “memories of sunny Sunday afternoons spent in Chapultepec in Mexico City celebrating somebody’s birthday”…

Don Pisto’s: This SF Favorite Goes Pop-Up, Renovating During Pandemic

Known for its inviting staff, warm brick layout, and unforgettable Mexican dishes, Don Pisto’s North Beach location has been a staple in San Francisco since its opening in 2009. Although temporarily closed due to shelter in place protocol, regular customers and community members are still craving the street food-inspired Mexican joint…

Gracias Madre – Their Mission is to Serve You

Thank you, Mother. This simple message of respect has become the mantra for the owners of Gracias Madre, Matthew and Terces Engelhart. The restaurant serves up delicious, soul-soothing plant-based Mexican food in the Mission District, with one key ingredient in every dish it makes: love…

Azúcar Lounge: One Owner’s Journey from Corporate to Cantina Life

Jonathan Ojinaga, the owner and operator of Azúcar Lounge in the South of Market (or SoMa) District of San Francisco, was living his dream until the Coronavirus hit. “I worked in corporate America, so my career path was very different. I ended up being what my friends call a corporate refugee,” shares Ojinaga…

Barrio: North Beach Success Hits the Covid Wall and Bounces back

Billy Riordan was just starting to gain momentum when the novel coronavirus arrived on the West Coast. Riordan co-owns a restaurant in San Francisco called Barrio, where business was taking off just as the city was shutting down. “Our sales were going up, up, up, up. We were kind of getting recognition, and then all of a sudden, bam, the brakes slammed,” he said…

Doña And Tacubaya: Community driven Mexican cuisine in the East Bay

Entering culinary school at age 20, Dona Savitsky never saw this as her trajectory. She was interested in food but didn’t envision a life-long career in the restaurant industry. However, after completing a two year program in Santa Barbara (“It wasn’t something you could just dabble in, you had to immerse yourself”), she moved to San Francisco…

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