With more Michelin three-star restaurants than New York, and influences from practically everywhere in the world, San Francisco has become one of the culinary capitals of the world. Latino immigrants from several different countries have shared their cuisine with the Bay Area, making them an indispensable part of its identity. Here, we take a look at some of the best Latino food in San Francisco, through mouth-watering Instagram photos.
Puerto Rico and Cuba: El Nuevo Frutilandia
El Nuevo Frutilandia is the place you go to for Cuban and Puerto Rican comfort food in San Fran. Here, you can enjoy everything from a Cubano sandwich to tres leches cake.
Mexico: La Taqueria
Considered by many to be the best taqueria in the city, La Taqueria offers a variety of Mexican and Mexican-American food. Their standout however, is their Mission style burrito, a San Francisco classic for decades.
El Salvador: Panchita’s Pupuseria No. 2
We care a lot about pupusas in San Francisco. They’re ooey, gooey pockets of cheesy goodness that people enjoy, especially after a night out at bars in The Mission. Panchita’s No. 2 on 16th and Valencia is a crowd favorite, where you can grab these delicious Salvadorean delicacies on the cheap.
Venezuela: Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen
Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen takes the art of the arepa very seriously. The results are handmade Venezuelan arepas, 100% gluten free, and filled with slow-cooked meats, avocado, cheese, vegetables, and other ingredients.
Peru: La Fusion
Peru is known for its flavorful food, and San Francisco has a variety of fantastic Peruvian dining options. One of these is La Fusion, where you can nosh on a variety of ceviches, banana and dulce de leche empanadas, and other yummy choices.
It is known that Argentineans love their carne. Lolinda is an Argentinian steakhouse in SF combining “Latin American flavors with California sensibilities,” for something fresh and new.
Nicaragua: Las Tinajas Restaurant
If you’re looking for authentic Nicaraguan food, such as gallo pinto and queso frito, Las Tinajas is a San Francisco classic. The cafeteria-style setting is casual, but the food speaks for itself.
Guatemala: Yo Soy Café Guatemalteco
There isn’t a lot of Guatemalan eateries in San Francisco, but Yo Soy Cafe Guatemalteco helps hold down the fort for the country just fine. Have a pepián de res or a tamale, or try an Americanized horchata frappe if you just want a fun, caffeinated beverage to go.
Brazil: Espetus Churrascaria
Brazil is another country that takes meat cooking to another level. At Espetus Churrascaria, you can enjoy a variety of grilled rotisseries meats, carved right at your table at this churrascaria.
Honduras: El Rinconcito Catracho
Like Guatemalan food, there aren’t a lot of places in San Francisco to get Honduran food. Luckily, there is El Rinconcito Catracho, where you can get your fill of tacos Hondureños, carne asada, and more.