La Fuente After a Year of Infamy

The place is perhaps best known because a group of drag queens mercilessly kicked the crap out of each other in a massive brawl about a year ago, but it's also a place to get a late night taco.

In fact, it's really the late night taco shop on the block of University Ave in Hillcrest that is also home to some popular clubs. Here's the rub: I've found it to be, at best, mediocre.

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Whether out of a sense of obstinacy or of hope (perhaps those are the same thing), I've visited La Fuente over and over again since it's super convenient for me.

I've been plagued by disappointing burritos there; some were too heavy and oily, others simply lacked anything to distinguish themselves. Sadly, La Fuente once served me the worst California Burrito I've ever had.

But I've finally found something there that is, if not exceptional, at least adequate. The adobada burrito ($4.99) wasn't fouled by inferior sauce or cooked into jerky.

Instead, it was dressed simply with some chopped onions and cilantro. The salsa for the roast pork was spicy, light, and perfectly suited to the spare preparation. True, it was almost more of a giant street taco with its minimalist aesthetic, but it wasn't half bad!

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It's pretty tough to outright recommend La Fuente, since the food's been pretty spotty in the past. But it opens at eight every morning and doesn't close until three AM most nights, four on Fridays and Saturdays.

At some point, if you're out in Hillcrest, it's going to be the best or only option for a late-night feed. When that happens, stick with the adobada and run like hell if any angry ladies show up in size 14 pumps.

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Well now THIS is sudden. Biggest tranny brawl I ever saw was in the Nuevo Perico, just down the street from a bar that was, coincidentally, named La Fuente (in Tijuana, not Hillcrest). It was awesome. Not just hair pulling and clothes-ripping, these "gals" just kicked each other's asses. I'd love to talk to you some time about this. But let's leave the horribly-painted chairs behind. Even the Perico didn't do that.

Wow, what's in a name, eh? I didn't actually see this go down firsthand, but the cell-phone video that went viral soon after pretty much captures the spirit of the moment I think.

At the time, I ran the grill portion of the Perico, and I saw that brawl there happen live. I've seen a few bar fights in my life (some from a closer angle than I would care to admit), but those 'gals' were vicious. I found myself carrying around pounds more respect for their capabilities after that. The La Fuente bar was a little more than a block West of Revo, 6th Street, South side. Closed years ago. The history goes back a long way, Paco wound up with it after he traded his brother the "Venus Bar" (Madero, up toward 3rd Street). Paco got the short stick on that trade, the Venus bar is still thriving last time I checked.

No one had cell phones back then, I wish we did, that fight was epic.

there are tons of late night choices for mexican food in hillcrest!

lalo's is across the street from la fuente. it stays open until about 2 or so. (i forget. i was a bit gone when i went.)

Porkylandia doesn't stay open late, or ever from what i kept seeing for months. but it has THE BEST CALIFORNIA BURRITO i have ever tasted. and i've tasted a lot so this has to be included. porkyland is in the strip mall on university between 7th and 6th.

additionally, there's pancho's on 4th. and that's delicious food. the one downside is that they only have one drink size.

aaaand on washington by bronze pizza there are two different taco shops. both are in the corner of a parking lot on the south side of washington. i've only been to one of these, on new yrs so i can't speak for the other one. both, i believe, are cash only and both are open late.

la fuente isn't good mexican food but it seems to be the place for people to go to at the end a night out. oh. and mama testa but i've never been there.

I thought Lalo's closed much earlier, so I guess I am mistaken there.

You are right that there are a bunch of places in Hillcrest proper, but that particular busy block, the one with Rich's, Eden, and Alibi on it, has an isolated feel, at least to me. Pancho's is delicious, I believe I raved about their fish taquitos at one point, but for whatever reason it feels too far away when the hour is late and the fun of the evening is wearing off. A couple blocks can be a loooooong way when you're in that "horse to the barn" mode and just want to grab a bite on the way home!

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