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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San Francisco Public Library – Richmond Eats!

There’s something cool that’s been going on over at the Richmond Branch Library.  They are archiving menus, recipes and photos that represent the Richmond district.

Richmond Branch Library invites you to bring in photos, menus, and recipes related to the Richmond neighborhood to be scanned as part of Richmond Eats pilot archive project.  Richmond Branch is collaborating with Internet Archive to digitize, preserve and make San Francisco community history accessible.

We invite you to bring in up to five restaurant menus (up to 11 x 17 in size), recipes or food related photographs (up to 8 x 10 in size) from the 1850s to the present, that celebrate the diverse culinary heritage of the Richmond neighborhood. Items will be scanned at the branch and returned to donors.

Scanning Dates

June 1: ……….. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

June 2: ……….. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

June 3: ……….. 1-7 p.m.

June 4: ……….. 1-4 p.m.

June 5: ……….. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The scanned images will become library property and become part of the permanent city archives at the San Francisco Public Library. Patrons will be asked to fill out an online registration form containing a few simple questions about the history of the images and their family history. A Russian translator will be available as needed and a Chinese translator will be on site at the Richmond Branch Library for the duration of the project.

Head on over to the SFPL.org website and then to the Richmond Branch Library!

Richmond Branch Library
351 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Rotunda – San Francisco

Neiman Marcus
150 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Rated: ♣♣♣♣

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate it than with high tea? A friend was visiting from Canada and we decided to take her out for high tea. We were a party of 3 ladies and one gentleman (me). Being the only dude, I definitely needed to check my man-card (yeh, I had one loaned to me after I manned up and ate the KFC Double Down) at the door. Not the door at Rotunda, but the door for Neiman Marcus.

The Food

We each ordered a set for tea. I had the Earl Gray and Sam had the Pineapple Green Tea. Earl Gray is a winner for me no matter where I go. But, I’m a country bumpkin, I had no clue what to do with all the extra stuff they give you. A little bit of cream here, a spritz of lemon there, and plain. Plain was just good enough for me. Sam seemed to thoroughly enjoy her Pineapple Green Tea as she was quite reluctant to share.

The first thing they serve you is the Chicken Consomme. To me, it tasted like Chicken Broth. A very rich Chicken broth that I wish I could make my ramen at home with.

In addition to the tea set, we ordered the famous Popovers. They looked like poofy, fried dough balls that oozed down onto the plate. Eating them plain, wasn’t very good. But, smearing on that Strawberry butter, made the popover delightful. I couldn’t help but giggle like a schoolgirl as I smeared more and more of that evil (but awesome) butter on pieces of the popover.

The Scones that came with the tea set were pretty dry for me. I actually wonder if that’s how they are supposed to be. I mean, it would make sense if you break off some scone, smear some condiments (strawberry jam, lemon curd, clotted cream, and honey) and wash it all down with some Earl Gray.

Now imagine my eyes, as I sit there and suddenly, there appears a tower of food. Tower! The tower had all kinds of goodness, but they were in these tiny girly portions. Egg Salad sandwich, Crab Salad Sandwich, cucumber sandwich and chicken salad were laid out on the bottom layer, while the top layer had mini chocolate cupcakes, carrot cake, chocolate espresso cake, fruit tartelets, and macaroons.

You know, I want to say the girly portions weren’t enough, but I’d be lying. What I found was that I could barely try one of everything without being incredibly full. Good Job Rotunda, good job!

The Scene

The place is really elegant. You can feel the history off of the architecture. Which is one reason I felt out of place. Originally, I thought I would feel out of place as the only guy here, but it turns out, I was out of a place because I felt like a blue collar bowler while sitting there. I mean, I’m no slouch, but it felt like I should have worn more than a button up shirt and dark denim jeans.

The service was mixed. The hostess seemed like she didn’t know what she was doing, and she dressed really sloppy for a place like this. Our waiter was good since he was courteous, friendly, sometimes talkative. Although, there were times were he would disappear for a long periods.

When it’s all said and done, I would defintely do this again.  It was fun.   Next time, I’m holding onto my mancard on the way in, and wearing a tux.

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