Carne asada tostada – El Farolito

Carne asada tostada - El Farolito
Grilled beef, corn shell, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado and sour cream. $3.50
El Farolito, San Francisco CA

I needed a quick snack before ducking into the 24th Street Bart Station so I grabbed this tostada at El Farolito. I’m not a fan of this place because the service is erratic and the food tends to be super salty, but it’s affordable and “usually” quick. I actually liked this tostada though. The grilled beef wasn’t overly salty and they piled on enough toppings to tide me over until my next actual meal.

Hook-shaped dock
Hook-shaped dock in the Marina.

Pollo burrito – El Farolito

Pollo burrito - El Farolito
Grilled chicken, rice, beans, salsa. Regular $5.25
El Farolito, San Francisco

I’m dumbfounded by the extreme popularity of this place! I would say that most people are too drunk after hours to realize what they’re eating or care about the questionable service, but I’ve also seen this place packed for early dinner.

The last time I ate here, my food was good but the time previous it was super salty. Again, this chicken burrito was SO salty it gave me a major headache! I’m convinced the food is on par with nearby taquerias or even below them which begs the question of why they’re so popular. The service is a completely different issue. The cooks seem to be running a mile a minute but the cashier, who also acts as the expeditor, is inevitably slow and inconsistent. I’ve had major waits for food that seems to come out willy-nilly.

I get that this place is a no-frills, no-nonsense taqueria but at least serve consistent, non-salty food and get it out in a decent amount of time. I’m over it.

San Francisco themed mural, 21st Street
San Francisco themed mural, 21st Street. Is that supposed to be Boyz II Men? 🙂

Taco al pastor – El Farolito

Project 365: Day 121

Omg, got an interesting message from Seattle today! Apparently, they have a job opening in our office up there and they wanted to know if I am interested in applying for it. Don’t know if I’m ready to move back there so I’ll have to think about it this weekend. I have to get back to them by the end of next week. What to do, what to do?

Taco al pastor El Farolito
Marinated pork with two soft corn tortillas, hot salsa, onions, and cilantro. $2.25
El Farolito, San Francisco

Another delicious taco from El Farolito! The pork is very flavorful, but maybe a little on the salty side. I can only imagine how tastier it becomes at 2 AM in the morning, lol!

Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. Last month (May 2012), the Golden Gate celebrated it’s 75th birthday! The City celebrated with a festival complete with a large fireworks display. I opted out of the festivities since I was working that day and also had a birthday dinner that evening. It’s quite an amazing bridge though and it’s certainly the pride of our city!

Lengua taco – El Farolito

Project 365: Day 36

It felt good to be back at the gym this morning. It’s Thursday and I really want it to be Friday! At least the weather is getting nicer. Hopefully it’ll be great for the weekend. Gotta plan dinner with the boys on Saturday. Papa Chang also recommend some Asian restaurants down in San Jose for Sunday – can’t wait!

Lengua taco El Farolito

Regular taco with beef tongue, two soft tortillas, hot salsa, onions and cilantro. $2.25
El Farolito, San Francisco

This was delicious! I love the dark, rich flavor of beef tongue. It was super tender, juicy, and fatty – just the way I like it! They also pile on the meat and top it off with yummy toppings. Messy, but amazing!

Lengua taco El Farolito

Carne asada burrito – El Farolito

Carne asada burrito El Farolito

Super burrito with soft flour tortilla filled with grilled steak, rice, beans, fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and avocado. $6.25
El Farolito, San Franciso

Like most Mission burritos, this one from El Farolito is ginormous (and quite delicious if I may add)!  The carne asada was tender and flavorful, and the other ingredients are evenly portioned.  They don’t over-fill the burrito with rice like some other taquerias.  The salsa, however, was SO frickin’ salty!  It pretty much destroyed my taste buds and ruined several bites of the burrito.  I immediately stopped using more once I figured out that it was the salty offender, lol!  If you plan on tackling this huge burrito, save your appetite or stow half for later!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014