Whether you like to snag your tacos in Copenhagen or Mexico City, opting to go fork free is an excellent option almost anywhere… including Silicon Valley. Once upon a time (in 2009), in a land far far away (let’s call it California) a foodie fanatic (his name is Joe Hargrave) decided to craft a terrific taco destination known as Tacolicious. What began as a small stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco has now mushroomed into a local chain of five fabulous Bay Area restaurants.
In addition to brunch and dinner options, Tacolicious also has a happy hour menu (on weekdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm). There is also a, “Taco Tuesday for Two,” special on you guessed it… drumroll please… Tuesday. Every Tuesday starting at 5:00pm you can acquire an old school ready to assemble taco kit for just 15 bucks equipped with six crispy homemade taco shells, seasoned beef, shredded romaine, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and house made taco sauce. A pitcher of margaritas on Tuesday will run you $29.00. Normally a margarita de la casa pitcher (made up of frozen or on the rocks blanco tequila, lime juice and agave) would set you back $41.00.
Our foray into tacoliciousness began with complimentary fresh chips and house salsa.
For hydration purposes we added in a margarita and a glass of sangria because, well, our salsa was looking a little lonely and we hate the idea of sad salsa.
Next up we mowed down the chile con queso (aka Tacolicious COO Mike Barrow’s cheese dip). How could we possibly resist a snack that has the following description, “Sustainable? No. Local? Nope. Delicious? Yep.”
After a sip of our margarita and some cheesy goodness, we glanced down from our table and saw the stunning shoefie-rific floor at Tacolicious.
Feeling inspired after staring at the lovely floor, we proceeded to tackle our tacos. We ordered eight in total and six different kids of tacos. For our readers’ sake we taste tested the Baja style Pacific cod, the chicken chile verde, the house made chorizo, an asparagus and potato veggie taco, a guajillo chili braised beef and the beef cheek taco of the week.
In addition to Tacolicious, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Aren’t you glad we didn’t make you try all those yummy tacos by yourself?
All the tacos were tasty, but if only one taco could take the crown it’d have to be the Baja style Pacific cod. We thought surely one of the meat tacos would win, but the Baja style Pacific cod was so delicate and crispy topped with cabbage and cumin crema that we became completely entranced by its downright beachy vibe.
All of the tacos at Tacolicious come with a trio of house made sauces. There’s a creamy green avocado salsa, a red chipotle and then a delicious yellow habanero salsa that we were tempted to douse on just about everything on the table. Just in case you aren’t intrigued by Tacolicious after reading this post, we figured we’d provide you with a bit of gratuitous food porn.
Ew, gross, stop drooling on your keyboard and head on over to Tacolicious. Trust us, the real tacos are tastier in person than our virtual tacograms.
632 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, California 94301
Hours: Sunday Through Wednesday 11:30am to 10:00pm, Thursday 11:30am to 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am to Midnight
Phone: (415) 649-6077
Pricing (All in USD): Brunch Dishes $9.00 to $15.50, Snacks $9.95 to $14.95, Trio of Hard Shell Tacos $10.50, Soft Tacos are One for $4.95, Four for $17.95 or 10 for $39.95, Sides $6.50 to $8.50, Non-Alcoholic Drinks $4.00 to $6.50, Beer on Tap $6.00 to $8.00, Cocktails $7.00 to $13.00, Wine $9.00 to $12.00, Desserts $9.00