Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and in previous years, it was a very festive time, not only in San Francisco but across the entire country. But this year is completely different, with shelter-in-place orders, social distancing and restaurants restricted to just take out or home delivery orders. The following is a brief profile of five of the best places in San Francisco to order food and drink for this year’s Cinco de Mayo.


Papalote Valencia

3409 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 970-8815

Frequently selected as the spot for the Best Burrito in San Francisco, Papalote will certainly be busy for Cinco de Mayo. Founded in 1999 by brothers Miguel and Victor Escobedo, Papalote will be open for take out and delivery service. Among the many favorite dishes to order are the Carne Asada Tacos, Chicken Mole Quesadilla and Pollo Asado Burrito.


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Taqueria El Farolito

2779 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-7877

One of the city’s best-known taquerias will definitely be busy on Cinco de Mayo. After all, Taqueria El Farolito is consistently named among the best taco bar in SF and Best Mexican Restaurant in California by Stacker. There are too many popular dishes to list but among the popular items are regular or crispy tacos, quesadillas, tortas and burritos with popular meat options like carne asada, al pastor, carnitas and marinated pork.


Delicious Tacos (photo courtesy of Taqueria Vallarta San Francisco, Facebook)


Taqueria Vallarta

3033 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-8116

One of the clear standouts of many in the Mission District, Taqueria Vallarta will be accepting orders for takeout and delivery. Cash and credit cards are accepted. What makes this taqueria so worthwhile for Cinco de Mayo or anytime is a extensive menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, including breakfast items like Huevos con Chorizo, 2 for $5 tacos with chips and several different burritos, including nine vegetarian options. Additionally, fresh salsas are made daily and the taco bar offers 12 different meat varieties.


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Delicious Chimichangas (photo courtesy of Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, Facebook)


Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

5929 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-4747

Although Tommy’s isn’t normally open on Tuesdays, the popular tequila bar and restaurant will be open on Cinco de Mayo for take out orders. Customers can order an extensive variety of authentic Mexican cuisine, like chicken enchiladas, beef or chicken tacos and chile relleno, along with seafood specialties and burritos. But what makes Tommy’s especially attraction for Cinco de Mayo is its pitchers of margarita’s to-go that are available only with food purchase.


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Uno Dos Tacos

San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 974-6922

The Mission District isn’t the only spot in San Francisco for outstanding Mexican cuisine. Uno Dos Tacos is on Market Street but only operating out of Flores SF in the Marina for deliveries on Cinco de Mayo. A much larger establishment in comparison to most family owned taquerias, the SF taco bar offers a nice selection of gourmet tacos, burritos, side dishes and salads. Among the popular choices are the taco asada, pescado taco, carnitas burritos and vegetarian options.



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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS Local websites, including CBS New York, CBS Los Angeles, CBS Chicago, CBS San Francisco and CBS Washington D.C. During his peak years with CBS, he reportedly had a digital audience reach of 489 million and more than 5.5 million monthly visitors. His other stories have also appeared in the Daily Meal,, CBS Radio, Engadget and, among others. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University, U.S. Army veteran and lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.


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