Restaurant Reviews

El Huarache Loco

December 21, 2015

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Good not great.
Two of the three things we ordered were pretty tasteless. Things are good, but nothing special.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Marin County is riddled with “taco shops” that mainly churn out burritos because their tacos just aren’t that great and when you’re looking for a cheap, quick and filling meal, most of them do the trick. However, El Huarache Loco has had a lot of hype since they were just a food truck (successful enough to open up a storefront), they were featured on a TV show and they tout themselves as “authentic Mexican cuisine”. I take this claim seriously; food that you get in Mexico is very different than other Latin countries and I am biased because well, duh, I’m half Mexican. So I was excited to try this restaurant, but I wasn’t thrilled with what I found.

What we ate:

  • Chicken tinga huarache ($8)
  • Sope con papa y chorizo ($7)
  • Chicken Quesadilla ($8)


I have dined in twice and while I wouldn’t say it was a waste of money, I didn’t walk out eager to come back. It’s a decent option for Marin Mexican at a good price, but please note I said “Marin Mexican”. In SF, I wouldn’t consider this an option when trying to fulfill my Mexican cravings.

The huarache (the main dish in the picture) was the best. I was happy to see they had chicken tinga (authentic!) and the flavors were on point. I did find myself adding more salsa to liven it up but the chicken tinga did a great job at providing flavor. Definitely my favorite and the only one I would reorder.

The quesadilla was the worst – no amount of salsa gave this dish flavor. It was hard to eat, messy and very bland.

The sope was okay; I think it would’ve been better with a different topping. Their chorizo is not as tasty as I’m used to and the dish just falls flat.

All in all, there are a lot of options and you can customize your toppings/meat for pretty much every dish. It’s filling and the food comes at a decent price, but I don’t think I’ll be back.

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