San Francisco: Fisherman’s Wharf Hidden Foodie Gems

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Some of the best eating at Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t inside traditional fish restaurants or at the stands of steaming crab pots and sourdough bowls of chowder.

Suzanna Acevedo and co-worker

It’s found tucked away on the edge of a parking lot along Jones Street, where the creaky old streetcars from around the world end their run on MUNI’s F Line. Two colorful food trucks are permanently parked here, on a quiet block just a short distance from the main wharf tourist attractions.

Codmother fish tacos

Both are dishing up some surprisingly good food (not surprising, perhaps, to those following the food truck phenomenon).

Tanguito’s

The first is The Codmother, where a cheery Englishwoman, Suzanne Acevedo, runs a traditional fish ‘n chips stand but with California twists, including super Baja-style fish tacos.

 

The fare here is simple and straight-forward, all based on fresh fish, mostly west coast cod. The fish ‘n chips come in regular and junior portions with the junior including two good-size fillets.

 

The fish tacos are made with corn tortillas, topped with cabbage and the traditional creamy Baja-style sauce. Acevedo uses her fryer for other goodies, too: fried Oreos and fried Twinkies, among them — but I haven’t had the stomach to try those. Codmother is open daily 11:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Tanguito burger

The second little spot is next door, the Argentinean truck Tanguito, which serves Argentinean empanadas and juicy half-pound Angus beef hamburgers that some swear are the best burgers in the city.

 

Tanguito, which means “little Tango” in Spanish, was in the local foodie spotlight last year when it won raves from guests on the KQED TV show Check Please! Bay Area. You can see why when you line up at the truck, order and grab a table at the covered, outdoor patio.

 

The food, even the burgers, are Argentinean in flavor: they’re topped with zesty chimichurri sauce, made of parsley, garlic, olive oil and spices. Tanguito is open Tuesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Cash only.
Both are featured in North Beach/Fisherman’s Wharf travel app for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, available in the iTunes app store. I’ve added more than 20 restaurants and other spots that are new in North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf in this edition.

Laura Del Rosso
Laura Del Rosso started blogging when her book, Great Escapes: Northern California, was published. She writes about her most recent wanderings, day trips and weekend getaways, including San Francisco's vibrant neighborhoods, Gold Rush-era towns, mountain and coastal areas and vineyard-covered valleys.
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