Outside of Mexico, San Francisco has some of the best Mexican cuisine in the whole world, and it’s one of my favourite things about living in the city. You can find authentic, delicious Mexican food in almost every neighbourhood, but the best place to go is the Mission District.
While I love the many hole-in-the-wall taquerias that line The Mission’s streets, I go to Loló on Valencia Street for a more elegant, California-inspired take on Mexican food. This colourful restaurant melds the flavours and style of Guadalajara, Mexico together with a thoughtful and modern menu, using fresh local and seasonal ingredients.
I recommend ordering several dishes to share, so you can get a variety of flavours that the menu offers. And don’t forget to order a side of their famous guacamole to go with their homemade tortilla chips – a true Mexican classic!
Loló’s colourful, eclectic décor fits right in with its Mission neighbourhood surroundings.
Start with the fresh guacamole, tortilla chips and a classic margarita from the Agave Bar.
Panko avocado tacos are the best savoury and delicious example of Loló’s Mexican and Californian-inspired food.
Order several small dishes to share and try a variety of flavours from Guadalajara, Mexico.
The grilled octopus and seasonal tacos are as colourful as they are delicious.