Mexican eatery re-opens months after being closed for health violations
Taqueria Vallarta, a beloved Mexican restaurant on 24th Street, has remained shuttered since early May due to severe health code violations uncovered during a city inspection. The Department of Public Health cited “major” infractions, including inadequate hand-washing stations, the presence of spoiled food, and infestations of insects, rodents, or birds, as the primary reasons for the closure.
Established in 1997, Taqueria Vallarta has become a neighborhood fixture, renowned for its tacos al vapor – steamed tacos – and extended hours catering to late-night patrons. The restaurant is owned by Mission District restaurateur Juan Rosas Lopez, who also helms El Trebol and recently acquired the historic Sam Jordan’s Bar in Bayview.
Prompted by a foodborne illness complaint, the Department of Public Health conducted an unannounced inspection of Taqueria Vallarta on May 9. The inspection revealed 14 violations, including several deemed “high-risk” due to a vermin infestation and improper food storage temperatures. While some issues were rectified on-site, others remained unresolved.
Taqueria Vallarta is best known for its variety of classic Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and tamales. The menu also includes other popular items like quesadillas, nachos, and fajitas. Despite being closed for health issues, it looks as though it’s a case of forgive and forget from San Francisco residents as since the re-opening, it looks to be business as usual.