Tacos al pastor – Chilango

Tacos al pastor - Chilango
Two corn tortillas filled with marinated pork, cilantro and onion. Served with caramelized onions, salsa, and rice and beans. $7
Chilango, San Francisco CA

Yuck, I did not enjoy this! The al pastor marinade the used was way different from anything I’ve tasted before. It was way too vinegary and super strong tasting. Even drenching the tacos in salsa didn’t really help. I don’t think I’ll ever order this from Chilango again.

Rice and beans - Chilango
Rice and beans.

Emerging Prunus tree
Emerging Prunus tree with pink flowers, Dolores Street.

Guacamole chilango – Chilango

Guacamole chilango - Chilango
Avocado with lime, onion, cilantro, and serrano chile. Small $6
Chilango, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love guacamole! I hated it as a kid because its appearance grossed me out, but now I can’t get enough of it. Is it also weird that I prefer the tortilla strips over the triangles! Hehe.

Pinkish tree mallow flowers
Pinkish tree mallow flowers (Lavatera arborea, Malvaceae), Point Lobos Avenue.

Tacos de pescado – Chilango

Tacos de pescado - Chilango
Fish tacos with grilled local rock cod, romaine lettuce, red onions, radish and salsa on corn tortillas. Lunch pre fixe (prifex fijo) $15
Chilango, San Francisco CA

Overall, I liked these tacos but I was annoyed by several things. The lettuce was not romaine as described on the menu. The tacos were so wet that they completely made the corn tortillas fall apart making them difficult to eat by hand. They were also messy looking and didn’t look appetizing. I did like the grilled rock cod though – they were very flavorful.

Red, black and white panther mural by Zio Ziegler
Red, black and white panther(?) mural by Zio Ziegler, Bartlett Street. I walk by this mural every day and never realized that it was painted by a well known, young local artist! Very cool.

Sopa de tortilla – Chilango

Sopa de tortilla - Chilango
Traditional Mexican tortilla soup with chicken broth, chicken, avocado, potato, carrot, celery, and queso fresco. Lunch pre fixe (prifex fijo) $15
Chilango, San Francisco CA

Tortilla soup is SO warm and comforting. I’d venture to say even more so than regular chicken noodle soup. It definitely has more flavor! Often times, this soup is made way too salty, but Chilango’s version is perfect. You get all the comfort and flavor that you’re looking for without the salt overload.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011

The Women's Building

The Women’s Building with murals, 18th Street. The programs in this building help prepare women and girls to lead a productive and fulfilling life in society. They’ve been in this space since 1979.