Taqueria Vallarta – San Francisco

Taqueria Vallarta Cabeza and Lengua Tacos

Taqueria Vallarta
3033 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission

Rated: ♣♣

Sam and I were wandering around the Mission when we decided that we wanted to try some of the famous authentic Mexican fare that everyone talks about.  We passed by a few taquerias which offered standard tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.

The Scene

When we saw Taqueria Vallarta, there was a line out the door, leading to what looked like an indoor taco stand with tortillas constantly steaming and 8-9 different meats continuously heated in a split square.  The line out the door was already a good sign, but what really attracted me here was the mention of Sesos, Cabeza and Lengua.  That’s cow brain, head and tongue in Spanish.  I’ve already tested the Cabeza and Lengua at my favorite taco truck in San Mateo, so I thought I’d give those a try here.  Sorry Sesos, I’ll have to try you later. .  A tip for the wise, the cashier is at the very back of the restaurant where you can also order other Taqueria delights.

I thought one of the funniest things about this place was the legend of the 49ers that they had in place.  You can tell that someone really loved the ‘9ers (and who wouldn’t?).

It’s all thanks to the 49 colonists that came to San Francisco and were found too much golden.

That is reason why the great football team in San Francisco is called the “49ers” Them the baseball team got is name the “Giants” because of the big buildings so that is how the teams got their names.

The Food

Cabeza Taco – What do I love about Cabeza? The fact that it tastes like beef that’s been stewing until the meat is tender.  When I compare cabeza tacos, I always compare it to my first, Tacos Peralta taco.  I found the flavor of these tacos to be a little perfume-y.  The flavor just wasn’t there.

Lengua Taco – Oh, the texture of Lengua is amazing, the taste is amazing.  Once you get the thought of having another animals tongue inside your mouth, everything is alright.  I found the Lengua here on par with Tacos Peralta.

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