It’s been cold in San Francisco, and we were in the mood for a lighter lunch and something warm, so we returned to Tacolicious in the Mission. In a previous post, we discussed how Tacolicious fits right in the Mission offering upscale Mexican fare in a hip and perennially crowded environment.
We spied a couple of seats open at the bar, so we grabbed them and immediately ordered some light afternoon beers:
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The Chili con Queso (aka Mike’s Cheese Dip) is always a great starter. It’s a great cheesy dip for the complimentary basket of chips that they bring to you almost immediately. Adding a bit of their salsa to the chip and dip provides additional spice as needed. A short FAQ about the dip is provided on the menu: “sustainable? no. local? nope. delicious? yep.” Enough said:
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We would normally order a plate of 4 tacos to share; however, we were in search of something warm on the cold day, so sharing a bowl of their Pork Pozole Rojo was the right thing to do. The generous amount of tender pork shoulder chunks was swimming in a guajillo chile-tomato broth along with some Rancho Gordo hominy:
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The pozole garnish included a hard tortilla shell, red pepper flakes, cabbage, turnips, cilantro, onion and lime:
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The pozole can be dressed and spiced to your liking. The soup is very hearty after all of the different ingredients are added in. it is the perfect meal for a cold day:
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Be forewarned that portions at Tacolicious tend to be large, so it’s always a good idea to share. The cheese dip is so rich that sharing a bowl of the pozole was the right size for lunch after that. Note that Owner Joe Hargrave is opening up another branch of Tacolicious in Palo Alto later this month — it’s always a treat when a little bit of San Francisco ventures south into Silicon Valley.