My after work weakness is Taqueria San Jose, a small taqueria around the corner from my apartment in North Beach. It is tastier than any Mexican food I could whip up for dinner, easier than buying groceries and less expensive than any other food option in North Beach.
The sign above San Jose looks like a weathered sea flag and the inside is spacious but normally empty. Looking into the kitchen there is usually a man with a butcher knife chopping mountains of onions in the foreground and in the background piles of pork waiting to fry. One of two lovely ladies behind the counter take the food order, I think they are mother and daughter because they have the exact same look of exerted patience while I stare soundlessly at the menu deliberating my order.
My usual order is two carnitas tacos, the pork fat fries into delicious crispy bites while the meat stays soft and spicy. The meat is piled high on a corn tortilla with cilantro and onions, I usually have to pull some meat off the top before I can form the tortilla into a taco shape. Sauce at San Jose is controversial: both the guacamole and salsa are very liquid, almost soupy. It makes it easy for pouring on to your taco but not great for dipping. I’m undecided on the sauce but sold on the tacos.
The hours say they are open unitl 21:00 but to be safe come before 19:00.
Taqueria San Jose | Snacks, Restaurants (Mexican) | 1 Taco US$ 2.50
2257 Mason St
Mon – Sat 10:30 – 21:00, Sun 11:00 – 20:00