El Tonayense Taco Truck

October 12, 2006


El Tonayense is a taco truck planted at the intersection of 22nd and Harrison in the Mission. In addition to a standard restaurant located in a building, the El Tonayense folks have a slew of trucks scattered around the Mission (and we think Potrero as well). Other locations include 16th/Shotwell, the Best Buy at 14th/Harrison, and 19th/Harrison, but somehow Short Exact has latched onto the 22nd/Harrison truck as our favorite.

On our most recent visit, we ordered two tacos, a carne asada and a veggie,


which featured fresh veggies, cilantro, jalapenos, and lime, with all the taco contents generously heaped atop two corn tortillas. The meat in the carne asada taco was perfectly seasoned. All in all, these were two fresh, delicious tacos, that were also very friendly on the wallet at only $1.50 each.

In addition to the vegetarian option, which features rice and beans, El Tonayense carries all the expected meats: pollo asado, carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, lengua, sesos, cabeza, and so forth. These can be enjoyed as a taco, burrito, or torta. We’ve never had the tortas here, so we couldn’t vouch for those. On one occasion, we had a burrito, and found it to be certainly acceptable, if somewhat on the dry side. Short Exact is not willing to jump to conclusions after just the one burrito, but we can wholeheartedly recommend their deliciously addictive tacos, which we have enjoyed for a quick bite on many occasions.

For those who might be squeamish about eating street food, we’d just like to mention that El Tonayense is actually quite clean for a taco truck. The one negative point about the 22nd/Harrison location is that while (obviously) there is no seating area, there also isn’t really any immediately convenient park area or bench, where one could enjoy one’s meal. This is a relatively minor consideration, though, since it’s really all about the tacos. With these authentic, filling, delicious delights sold at such reasonable prices, who can resist?



22nd Street and Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Daily, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Cuisine: Mexican
Neighborhood: Mission

How to get there: The 22nd/Harrison location of El Tonayense’s taco truck is one long block from Muni lines 12 and 27, two long blocks from lines 9 and 48, and three long blocks from lines 14 and 49. The 24 Street Mission BART station is about 1/2 mile away.


  1. As well as the 4 truck locations (the only ‘roach coaches’ I eat from), check out the main restaurant (El Tonayense) on 24th between Shotwell and Van Ness. The resturant Mis Antojitos behind the taco truck on Harrison and 22nd is also owned by the family as well as Tacos Santana Bar & Grill on Mission (although it’s not owned by the immediate family). All delicious, all clean, and best of all, all inexpensive!

  2. Thanks for writing in, Berglas. You know, I still haven’t been over to their main restaurant. Somehow, I just always end up at the truck. Hopefully I’ll get to check it out soon.

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