This crowded, festive, and cramped spot is popular for its delicious gourmet tacos and strong cocktails. With high ceilings, modern lighting, warm green jewel tones on the walls, and nary a Mexican flag in sight, the only clue you’ve even entered a Mexican restaurant, and it’s a big one, is the 120 types of tequila offered at the bar. To keep your girlish figure—and fit into the micro miniskirt that seems to be a customer uniform here—try the Marina Girl Salad, featuring avocado, cucumber, and cotija cheese. And where there are girls in miniskirts, you usually find sports figures—SF Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is a regular, swears by the carnitas, and brings his Giants teammates by on occasion. We’re guessing they go for the tacos, which are made with a variety of fillings including summer squash, filet mignon, and the house specialty, guajillo-braised beef short ribs. This place is so popular the owners have opened two more city locations in North Beach (1548 Stockton St.) and in the Mission (741 Valencia St.). No reservations.
- Erika Lennert