San Francisco is having a love affair with upscale Mexican food. In the past few years, the always-crowded Nopalito opened a second location in the Sunset, Mexico City-inspired La Urbana opened on Divisadero, Cow Hollow's Mamacita expanded to Cole Valley with Padrecito, Sabrosa opened in the Marina, and crowd fave Lolo moved to sleek new digs in the Mission. All offer craft cocktails and pricey seasonal interpretations of taqueria standards, including their own fresh, handmade tortillas. I wondered: When it came to that most basic of ingredients, how did some of the fancy new places stack up with some of the Mission's most beloved taquerias? I grabbed some friends and went on a highly unscientific voyage of discovery to three budget and three upscale spots to see how price affected... More >>>
Aubrie Pick Photography
Lolo's panko-encrusted avocado tacos: short on masa, long on flavor.