(Photography by Sarah Chorey)

First Taste: Easy Does It at Glena's Tacos in Dogpatch


The Dogpatch is the place to be, and chef Michael Gaines has come at the right time.

Gaines, previously of Manresa and Khin Kao, is a long-time chef but a first-time restaurateur. Never mind his novice status—the chef has combined nods to his childhood days on the Balboa coast with his mad skills in the kitchen to cook up a restaurant that evokes all the relaxed vibes we could want out of a Mexican eatery.

Here jungle-green tiles and turquoise woodwork just barely camouflage against an assortment of lush palm fronds and ferns; and mountainous blended margaritas and a smorgasbord of tacos make for the ultimate vacation-inspired dinner. You can all but feel the sand between your toes.

// Open daily; 632 20th St. (Dogpatch), glenassf.com

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