Great Mexican food in the Marina? Unheard of! Not until Tacolicious opened its doors, that is. Tacolicious stared off as a food vendor at the Saturday Farmer's market in the Ferry Building. Anyone who has ever been knows what the lines were like- the place was popular, to say the least. So Tacolicious packed it up and opened their first full restaurant to many's delight.
And the masses have heard- we suggest you get there early, cause by 7pm the crowd is out of the door and the bar is packed. Once you do manage to snag an inch of breathing room, you’ll notice a 6 foot photo of a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestler looming over the crowd and spotlighted by the reflection of the copper ceilings. Lady of Guadalupe candles line one wall, while the other half of the restaurant is adorned with childlike-scribbles of tacos and devils on a chalkboard. The decor is sort of a Mission meets Marina vibe.
“Fingers not forks” is the motto here, and it rings true once you order the glorious tacos. The fried local rock cod with cabbage and tangy crema and the house-made chorizo-potato tacos are imperative! For starters, the chile con queso is thick and hearty, and the tuna tostada “contramar-style”, with crispy leeks, chipotle mayo and avocado will melt in your mouth like none other. Wash it all down with a can of tecate, one of their twenty listed tequilas, or try one of their 4 "Chupitos". The “Mexican Traitor” with dark rum, pineapple, and Fresno chiles, and the “Passion” with habanero-infused tequila, passion fruit, and lime will leave you muy contento by the end of the night.
Tacolicious is the new kid on the block, but incontestably the coolest. It's located at 2031 Chestnut street at Fillmore.
GetWize: Tacolicious is also late-a-licious (yeah we said that get over it), open til midnight every night of the week. Tacolicious also has an awesome blog, with interesting insight into (the lack of) late night dining in SF, velveeta cheese, and the secrets behind the artwork (the photo of the Lucha Libre wrestler measures 6.5 feet tall, while the actual wrestler was only 5'3!).