When I first moved to San Francisco a few years ago, I only cared about two things: seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and finding a place that served carne asada fries. Only the first thing happened. This was a problem because carne asada fries are like crack in that once you get a taste, you will never be truly happy until you get more.
Much like the California burrito, carne asada fries are a very Southern California thing and involve disgusting (amazing) amounts of french fries, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and BEEF. They’re like nachos, but better because the trans fat from the fries makes everything taste extra delicious.
Luckily, a few places have popped up around the city purporting to carry carne asada fries, like Olivo’s in the Tenderloin and Taqueria El Sol in Parkside, but my favorite place (read: the place closest to where I live) to get them is at Taqueria Los Coyotes on 16th St. between Mission and Valencia. For $6.25 plus tax, all the guilt that comes along with knowingly ingesting something so unhealthy can be yours.
Carne asada fries are actually up on the actual menu at Los Coyotes now, which is a shame because when they first started making them, there was just a ghetto-ass flyer taped to the cash register that read, “Now serving carne azada fries.” That was almost the best part of the experience.
But don’t worry too much. The receipt still boldy carries on the azada tradition.