Are these people crazy? Why bring another taqueria to the Mission where, thank goodness, $3.50 still buys a soulful taco piled high with meat, and $6.50 a burrito that satisfies all day?
Because the Mission doesn’t have anything like Tacolicious, a full service operation with a Mexico City-style menu, an adjoining tequila bar, a tailored wine list, and lovely desserts.
With its cheery, hand wrought decor, Tacolicious fits right into the smart Valencia restaurant corridor. Yet, it still feels home grown and a part of the larger Mission. The energy comes from a diverse neighborhood clientele, some of whom are drawn to a narrow, protected, outdoor eating area that runs along the side of the restaurant. This enclave, with eye catching mural, is just right for families with kids, and anyone who prefers to talk, rather than yell, over dinner.
Another blessed amenity is Mosto, a separate bar room where diners can wait for a table with a cocktail and a botana, a little bite…
Tacolicious and Bar Mosto, 741 Valencia (at 18th Street) San Francisco
Contact: 415 626-1344; www.tacolicioussf.com