After scientists revealed that UFOs were actually full-grown tortillas, people everywhere filled swimming pools with guac and beans to catch and dissect the floury creatures. Nab a tender, baby disc with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of delicious Mexican cuisine and drinks at Pancho Villa Taqueria in the Mission or in San Mateo.
Fresh and tasty Mexican fare free of preservatives, MSG, and mummy crumbs fills the menu at Pancho Villa. Start with a small serving of guacamole and chips ($3) or an avocado caesar salad ($6.25) to jar rusty stomach gears into action. Hang a fang on the super vegetarian burrito, a tightly wrapped torpedo of rice, beans, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, and salsa ($6.25), or dine on chile-verde chicken ($9.35), steak and prawn quesadillas with cheese and salsa ($10.50), or pollo asado ($9.95). For dessert, fluff out your cheeks with flan ($3.75) or a churro ($1.50).
A collection of exceptionally swiggable beverages is on hand to quench thirst and throat fires. Sips range from soda ($1) and bottled water ($1.75) to Jarritos ($2.35), Orangina ($1.50), and fresh-squeezed beet juice ($5/medium), which a famous Mexican general invented in 1901 to keep his horse strong. Heed the strange stomach growls rumbling hungrily in fluent Spanish and indulge with fares of America’s neighbor to the south.
Dine-in or carry-out.
SF Weekly named the San Francisco location of Pancho Villa Taqueria the Best Taqueria of 2002 and Best Taco of 2003. Zagat rates the San Mateo location of Pancho Villa Taqueria as “very good to excellent” and “Top Listed” the restaurant as a Best Buy. Eighty-five percent of more than 110 Urbanspooners recommend it. More than 900 Yelpers give the San Francisco location an average of four stars, and more than 500 Yelpers give the San Mateo location an average of four stars as well:
- Pancho Villa's Super Taco isn't the sort of taco you just pick up and scarf, however. Two soft, freshly made tortillas are piled high with shards of spiky marinated chicken, supple pinto beans, creamy guacamole, purple onion, shredded lettuce, sweet red tomatoes, sour cream, and a crowning bouquet of cilantro, rendering knife and fork a necessity. Supplement your custom creation with a visit to the salsa bar (up to eight salsas of varying intensity, plus fresh peppers, limes, and radishes); the ideal accompaniment is one of the pulpy, excellent aguas frescas in pineapple, cantaloupe, tamarind, or watermelon, ladled out of big glass jars. Satisfaction is at hand. – SF Weekly