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From enchiladas to mole tostadas: Meet the 3 newest Mexican eateries in SF

Looking for your next great Mexican meal in San Francisco? Whether you're craving a meaty taco, a veggie burrito or some Caribbean-Mexican fusion fare, these new spots will satisfy all your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine. 


3198 16th St., Mission

Photo: Jiann M./Yelp

A cocktail bar specializing in Mexican small plates, Elda took over the storefront of now-shuttered Bar San Pancho in June. Its menu has a California twist: think tacos with summer squash, rockfish ceviche or chicken tostadas with black sesame mole. There are also some Caribbean-influenced bites, like a Jamaican beef patty with plantain dip. 

Elda also has a full selection of craft beers and natural wines. Its 10 specialty cocktails highlight spirits like mezcal, tequila and Oaxacan rum.

With a 4.5-star rating out of 29 reviews on Yelp, Elda has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Christine D., who visited the restaurant on Oct. 16, wrote, "Unexpectedly ended up at Elda after a night exploring the bars around the area. I'm glad I did. They have a well-curated selection of wine, cocktails and bites."

And Rudy B. wrote: "I really, really, really liked their carnitas tacos. I think I had about five of them. It's a chill place. I'm sorry to say I didn't have a drink here, but my friends did and they all seemed pretty happy with their choices."

Elda is open from 4 p.m.–2 a.m. daily.

Tacolicious Chico

685 Market St., SoMa

Photo: Adam B./Yelp

A takeout-only outpost of local chain Tacolicious, Tacolicious Chico is a taco shop specializing in tacos de guisado — made with braised and stewed meats and vegetables.

Each day, the restaurant offers six different taco fillings, including guajillo beef, lamb birria and more. There are also two vegan varieties, including a butternut squash and Brussels sprouts taco topped with pepita (pumpkin-seed) salsa.

Every item on the menu at this counter-service spot, from individual tacos to aguas frescas and orders of chips, is $3.75. Or try the Chico Especial combo: three tacos and a drink for $14.

Though it's still early days, Tacolicious Chico currently holds four stars out of five reviews on Yelp, indicating positive attention.

Yelper Adam B., who reviewed it on Nov. 4, wrote, "Tried a bunch of items and was a big fan. Maybe my new favorite Mexican joint in the FiDi/SoMa area now."

Victor W. noted, "Great quick-serve concept."

Tacolicious Chico is open from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on Monday-Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)

The Little Chihuahua

1431 Polk St., Nob Hill

Photo: Dana Z./Yelp

Polk Street marks the fourth location for local chain The Little Chihuahua, a counter-service Mexican spot that got its start on Divisadero Street back in 2007.

This new 40-seat eatery serves the full menu of Mexican favorites made with organic ingredients, such as enchiladas, tacos, burritos and pozole. Try one of the burritos filled with garlic shrimp or fried plantains, or stop in for brunch to enjoy chilaquiles, breakfast burritos and "Mexican french toast" (battered tortillas served with plantains and maple agave syrup).

With 3.5 stars out of 18 reviews on Yelp, the newest outpost of Little Chihuahua is getting mixed reviews so far.

Yelper Allyson L., who reviewed the eatery on Oct. 20, wrote, "The enchiladas were delicious and tasted good even the next day!"

But Brian M. had a different opinion, concluding that "Honestly, it's just kind of meh."

The Little Chihuahua on Polk is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.

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