Taqueria Los Coyotes

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Taqueria Los Coyotes is a happy medium between Jack in the Box and El Farolito.  If you ever find yourself wandering around the Mission in the wee hours after the bars are closed and you too impatient to stand in the El Farolito line, have no fear - Taqueria Los Coyotes is open till 3:30a on Fridays and Saturdays.

The menu here is ridiculously huge, from seafood to al pastor on a spit, to the standard tacos and burritos, but, honestly, I'm only zoning in on two things here :  carne asada fries and the California burrito.  

If you've ever been to San Diego, you been lucky enough to taste their carne asada fries and California burrito.  Even though the Bay Area has some pretty tasty Mexican food, no one can replicate San Diego's carne asada fries in true form.  I've hunted them down from Taqueria Las Vegas in Milpitas (thick fries?!) to Iguanas in San Jose (just terrible overall) and never found a suitable substitute until Tauqeria Los Coyotes.  So you may not get the mound of meat covering your fries like you do in San Diego, but Taqueria Los Coyotes is the best I've had in the Bay Area so far.  Thin fries, flavored carne asada topped with fresh avocado and salsa.  It hits the spot and it's good enough to tide me over until the next time I'm in San Diego.  

California burritos is probably the next food item that comes to mind when thinking about San Diego food.  I get my burritos without sour cream and usually that works out fine for me, but the California burrito here was a little on the dry side.  Not sure if it was because of the lack of sour cream or too many fries.  If you've never had a California burrito, then definitely partake in one here, but know that it doesn't do a real California burrito from San Diego justice.

Address:                       Taqueria Los Coyotes
                                             3036 16th St.
                                             San Francisco, CA

Type:                               Mexican

Popular chomps:  carne asada fries
                                             California burrito

Chomp worthy:       carne asada fries     

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