Thursday, August 30, 2012

V is for: Victor's {Restaurant Review}

If either my friend Devon or I are ever having a bad day, we almost always go to Victor’s. And not necessarily for the food.

Sure, it’s decent as far as Mexican joints go, but we go there because you leave the place feeling like a million bucks. The minute you walk in the door, the friendly lady running the place yells out “HOLA GUAPAS!!” (For those of you who didn’t make it through first year Spanish, guapa means “good looking.”)

I suppose we shouldn’t feel that special, as *everyone* is guapa or guapo at Victor’s. But she says it with such enthusiasm, you can’t help but smile. It instantly puts me in a good mood.

Let me preface the food part of this post by saying I’m sort of a brat when it comes to burrito shops. I lived in San Diego for almost five years. I don’t care how much you try to tell me otherwise, but NO PLACE in San Francisco compares to SD. I don’t know why, but the tortilla, the hot sauce, the chips...just about everything is just on another level down there. Also, I hate that most of the good taco shops in SF are concentrated in the Mission. In San Diego, you can’t go more than about 6 blocks without finding one.

That said, Victor’s is solid. It’s definitely a step below Mission-quality places, but I still like it and eat there about once a month during baseball season. It’s very close to AT&T Park (right next to PrimoPatio Café), and they even have a little back patio area if it’s nice. (A word of caution…on very hot days, it takes on a greenhouse effect). I get the shrimp tacos or quesadillas, and the loaded nachos are good too. My co-workers usually get burritos, and everyone is always full and satisfied after their meals. (Another word of caution…sadly, they do not sell booze here.)

But as I said…it’s more about the friendly greeting than anything else, and when you’re having a bad day, an “HOLA GUAPA” and a fatty plate of nachos will *always* make everything better!


  1. Let me start off by saying that I LOVE all food.

    I have not tried Victor's, but I will definitely have to try it out next time I'm near AT&T. Even if only to experience the greeting. Sounds like quite the confidence boost. I usually go to 21st Amendment. There ribs are delicious and they sell booze :)

    Side note: If you are ever craving Carnitas, go to Tres on Townsend. They are some of the best I've ever had.

    Look forward to reading more food reviews from you.

    Joel L.

    1. Yes! Love the carnitas at Tres and love the Watermelon beer at 21st!

    2. Yes, the Watermelon beer is so good. I get there early just to get some before they run out. I'm so thankful that Safeway now has the Watermelon beer in six packs. Have some in my fridge now :)

      I had a feeling you had already tried the carnitas. Glad you like them.

  2. As a taqueria connoiseur myself, I must respectfully disagree that Mexican food in the 619 is better than the 415.

    A) French fries don't belong in burritos
    B) Taqueria Pancho Villa
    And C) Giants > Padres

    1. Haha.... agree to disagree then. :) But just for the record, I NEVER order my burritos with fries in them in SD.

  3. I'm curious to know where your fave burrito spot is? El Farolito is on top of my list but i'm always looking for the next best burrito...

  4. Love El Farolito and La Taqueria in the Mission. If I'm feeling lazy, I do El Burrtio Express 2 closer to my hood. :)


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