There isn’t enough space on the internet (and definitely not on our printed pages) to do justice to all the great tacos around the Bay Area, from Concord’s Taco Trail and Oakland’s International Boulevard to longtime taco capitals San Jose and Redwood City, with its high per-capita rate of taquerias.

So we reached out to some experts for recommendations beyond our personal faves. One discussion, with Darlene Tenes, foodie and founder of a Latino lifestyle brand, CasaQ, resulted in so many suggestions from her followers that she has launched a Taco Crew to spend a couple of months eating and determining the best San Jose taco. We’ll report on their findings this summer. In the meantime, here are 14 terrific Bay Area taco spots, from traditional favorites to hot new food trucks and taqueria windows, to try out.

Octopus and house-made chorizo on a scratch-made blue corn tortilla at Pre-Hispanic Mexican Cuisine in San Jose. (Courtesy of Jesus Varguez) 
Pre-Hispanic Mexican Cuisine, San Jose

Co-owners Jesus Varguez and Cenobio Mendoza launched this one-of-a-kind food truck back in September — and it’s blowing up. Chef Varguez, who previously worked at Alexander’s Steakhouse, delves into his Mayan roots with dishes like al pastor “yucateco,” made with recado negro, a dark chile from Mexico’s Yucatan, and finishes the dish with epazote oil and pineapple. Organic tortillas are made from scratch through nixtamalization, the process of soaking corn and grinding it into masa. You’ll find them stuffed with housemade chorizo, octopus, mushrooms and huitlacoche — all tasty, eye-opening food. Opens at 11 am. weekdays at 80 Descanso Drive. Find weekend info and brewery pop-ups at

Habibi’s Birria tacos come with a rich, mahogany consomme. (Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group) 
Habibi’s Birria, Hayward

Tucked into a Grand Petroleum gas station, this Mexi-terranean halal eatery serves its slow-cooked beef birria tacos with sides like tabbouleh and babaganoush. The tacos — 3 for $10 (quesabirra, 3 for $12) — come with a rich mahogany consommé flecked with onions and chiles, perfect for dipping or even slurping with a spoon. Don’t miss the assertive orange sauce made with dried chile de arbol. Habibi’s opened about a year and a half ago, with a second Hayward location already four months old. Take it to go or eat at tables set atop artificial turf. Open from 10 a.m. daily at 138 Jackson St. and 26005 Eden Landing, both in Hayward;

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Source:: The Mercury News


14 great Bay Area taquerias, taco trucks to try right now

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