Orange Village Hostel

411 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States
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Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by arkansasrazorback

In September my son & his Japanese wife are traveling from Japan to meet us in San Francisco. Having been raised in Arkansas, he is hungry for GOOD Mexican food and wants to eat a few Mexican meals. We are looking for a great home-made Mexican food restaurant that is just a hole-in-the-wall place, not a touristy restaurant. Any ideas?

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by goodfish

You'll want some of the locals to jump in here but I'd say if you want authentic, you'll want to go to the Mission District. This is an old and heavily Hispanic neighborhood of the city and it is great fun to explore - lots of color!!

Here's a good overview:

I'd highly suggest making at least an afternoon of it to browse the murals around the 24th street area, and visit Mission Dolores. And have a donut at Dynamo Donut!

Now, just to get you started, La Taqueria (in the Mission) comes up again and again in reviews of authentic Mexican restaurants. It is indeed a hole in the wall but also cheap and supposed to have really good food. The address in included in the link I sent you about (see the restaurant list).

I spent most of a day exploring the Mission on our recent trip and it was one of my favorites - enjoyed it much more than Chinatown. If interested in the murals and Mission Dolores, I have some info on my SF pages (as do other VT'ers) .

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by arkansasrazorback

Thank you so much for your help!

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by goodfish

You bet - and I hope you'll get more responses from our terrific San Francisco folks!

Great city - let us know if you have other questions we can help you with.

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by goodfish

Oh, and Linda? I see you've been a member for 5 years now but have been away for awhile - welcome back!! :)

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by rkearns

LOCAL HERE! livin' in the mission!

go to either el farolito on 24th and mission, taqueria cancun on mission or pancho villa on 16th and mission. (on 16th. the rest are on mission)

i lived in the midwest for two years. i feel your suffering.

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by goodfish

I knew our poster would get lots of help!

Yup, I heard El Farolito was great too.

I love the Mission.

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by goodfish

Pedro - just looked at your tips and saw yours for O'Reillys Irish Pub! I just wrote one too - but under the activity of watching Chinese funeral processions from their little patio. Great little pub- was interesting having a few pints accompanied by the Green Street Brass Band leading the processions from the mortuary across the street. :)

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by rkearns

p.s. there's another taqueria cancun on market st. @ 6th. same chain. great food.

Re: Authentic Mexican Restaurant

by NorCal08

In addition to the Misson District, try Tommy's Mexican Restaurant on Geary out in the Avenues. It's been around since the 60's and has a huge, excellent selection of tequilla and tequilla concoctions to go with the Yucatan influenced food. It's my favorite for a sit down, Mexican meal.

Travel Tips for San Francisco

City Hall

by Ewingjr98

San Francisco City Hall is home to both the City and County of San Francisco Government (since the city and county share the same geographical boundaries, they share a government). Designed by architect Arthur Brown Jr. (who also built Coit Tower and the War Memorial Opera House), City Hall opened in 1915 as a replacement to an earlier city hall that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It's massive 66-foot diameter stands 307.5 feet above the ground and is considered the fifth largest dome in the world. The building was remodeled after damage in the 1989 earthquake, and is considered the largest seismic retrofit project in the world. City Hall's most famous events include Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe's wedding, the public viewing of President Warren G. Harding who died in the city while still serving as President, and the assassination of city Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

The City Hall Rotunda can be rented for $10,000 to $30,000 per evening depending on the number of guests.

Located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place near the intersection of Market and Van Ness, it is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tours are given Monday - Friday 10:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm and last 45 minutes. City Hall is accessible via the Civic Center BART or Muni Stations.

The Trams and Cable Cars

by Carmela71

Who has not heard about them or seen a film where all cars smash in a police persecution?

We used them a few times but the queues are amazing so finally we used more time the other lines as the F that takes you around so watch all center and sea line if you are tired after all day walking

But cable cars are dangerous LOL, the cars drive along the sides nearly touching the people standing on the sides and when you leave the cable car you have to watch that no car is coming. Ok drivers are pretty god over there and careful. But I was suffering for the kind standing on the lines hehehe (I guess my friends would laugh as they always call me mum, as I always worry about this things hehehe)

Transamerica Pyramid

by Djinn76

Since 1972, this is the tallest building in the city (256m).
You will see it from almost everywhere.
Unfortunately this is not open to public (anymore?). The only interest to go to its foot is to see some of the (young) redwood trees if you don't have the possibility to go to Muir woods or closer to the Botanical garden.

San Francisco covers the tip...

by kuuunmg

San Francisco covers the tip of a 30 mile (50km) peninsula in Northern California, with the Pacific Ocean on its western side and the San Francisco Bay to the north and east. San Francisco is just one of many cities in the Bay Area; others include Oakland (east across the Bay Bridge), Berkeley (just north of Oakland) and San Jose (an hour's drive southeast of San Francisco, near the southern tip of the bay). Marin County and the Wine Country lie to the north, across the Golden Gate Bridge.

The most touristed part of the city resembles a slice of pie, with Van Ness Ave and Market St making the two sides and the Embarcadero the round edge of the pie. The steaming toppings of this homebaked slice are the classy shops around Union Square, the highrise Financial District, the classy Civic Center, the down-and-out Tenderloin, swanky Nob Hill and Russian Hill, Chinatown, North Beach and the epicenter of tourist kitsch, Fisherman's Wharf. To the south of Market St lies SoMa, an upwardly mobile warehouse zone of clubs and bars that fades in the southwest into the Mission, the city's Latino quarter, and then the Castro, the center of gay life.

The vast swathe from Van Ness Ave west to the Pacific Ocean encompasses upscale neighborhoods like the Marina and Pacific Heights, ethnically diverse zones like the Richmond and Sunset districts as well as the self-conscious timewarp of Haight-Ashbury. Three of the city's great parklands - the Presidio, Lincoln Park and Golden Gate Park - are also in this area.

Making a circuit of the 49-Mile Drive is a good way to check out almost all of the city's highlights. The route is well posted with instantly recognizable seagull signs, but a map and an alert navigator are essential. Do yourself a favor and allow a whole day to complete the circuit.

The Bay Area has three major airports. San Francisco International Airport is on the bay side of the Peninsula, 14 miles (22km) south of the city center. The city of Oakland, at the eastern end of the Bay Bridge, has its own airport 8 miles (13km) south of downtown. San Jose International Airport, at the southern end of the bay, is a few miles north of downtown San Jose and an hour's drive from San Francisco.

Greyhound is the only regular long distance bus company operating to the city - all bus services arrive and depart at the Transbay Terminal in SoMa. Amtrak's rail network connects the Bay Area with the rest of the continental US and Canada. Its main stations are in Oakland and Emeryville, both in the East Bay. CalTrain links San Francisco with the peninsula and San Jose; its depot is in SoMa.

Alcatraz island - I know it's...

by emmie

Alcatraz island - I know it's a really touristy thing to do, but go on one of the tours. They're very informative if a bit chilling in places! The relaxed atmosphere - it feels like a very safe city. I know this may not be true, but I always felt fine there.


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