Big Star, you could be SF's new star! Open second location ASAP.
Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
Big Star has to be one of the coolest and tastiest Mexican restaurants in America. Simply awesome concept - tacos, appetizers, bourbon, tequila - and the execution of every dish is MONEY. Going to college in San Diego makes me a picky Mexican food rave-r, but this was out of controllllll good. SD - step your game up, the Midwest is gunning for ya.
Queso Fundito - There was one Super Bowl Sunday in college when my friends decided to only communicate with the word "queso" to each other.... This queso deserves to be the only queso in the dictionary.
Taco Al Pastor - Marinated, spit roasted pork shoulder with grilled pineapple, onions and cilantro - It was my second time eating pork shoulder in 36 hours and man I could have done it again and again.
Tacos de Papas con Rojas - Potatoes rajas chipotle, queso cotija, onions, cilantro - Going meat-free was my attempt at eating one "healthy" thing for the entire vacation. The little cubed potatoes crumbled with the piecey cojita cheese very nicely.
Sonoran Hot Dog – Bacon wrapped, pinto beans, lime mayo, mustard, onions, big star hot sauce on a bolillo roll - This hot dog was so spicy that I started sweating... and it takes a lot (Bikram yoga) to make me sweat. Some people enjoy their tongue getting seared off, but my tip to Big Star would be to offer a dog with the hot sauce and one without.