Regional Mexican Restaurants in San Francisco: A Tentative List

Pozole rojo

Pozole rojo


For this week's review, I stuck to the Poblano regional side of the menu at La Torta Gorda, which is mainly known for its sandwiches. Other than the defunct S.F. branch of Cocina Poblana (there are still two in the East Bay), La Torta Gorda is the first place in the city I've heard about that specializes in Puebla's tinga, tlacoyos, and mixiotes.

Over the past decade, we've seen more and more Mexican restaurants identify their food by the region the cooks come from. We've compiled a preliminary list of San Francisco restaurants that specialize in the food of specific regions. (Note: We're omitting Nopalito, a great source for hard-to-find regional specialties from all over the country.)

Not surprisingly, given immigration patterns, huge swaths of Mexico are underrepresented in S.F.'s food scene. Is there a Sonoran restaurant in San Francisco? What about places specializing in the food of Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Chiapas? If you know of any ― or any Jaliscan, Yucatecan, or Oaxacan restaurants we've missed ― leave a comment.

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