Categories: Food & Dining

Review: Taco night at SF County Jail No. 5

The dinner (served around 3 p.m.) on the menu for roughly 500 inmates in San Francisco’s San Bruno jail on July 7 was soy-based meat substitute tacos with two yellow corn tortillas, pinto beans, cheese sauce, lettuce and a wafer for dessert. The beverage: milk.

Served on a thick, brown plastic tray, the meal was piping hot, and not tasteless. The tortillas were raw, which made it hard to form a taco with them because they tended to crack.

SEE RELATED: Meal upgrade may be on the menu at SF County Jail

The main ingredient, the meat-like soy, did in fact have some meat flavoring. The chuck-like soy was slightly spiced and had a give like beef.

The beans constituted the largest portion and were hot, but needed salt and spice. Still, they did not taste bad nor had they been overcooked.

The yellow soy-based cheese sauce was watery and milder than what one might find at a 7-Eleven. But the sauce did add a layer to the taco.

The small serving of green lettuce was fresh, crunchy and tart.

But the raw yellow corn tortillas, which might have tied the meal together, instead left the taco less than desired.

Still, the serving was enough for two and, in all, was not better or worse than most cafeteria food — minus the salt and/or fat some may come to expect with such food.

This reviewer, who was pleasantly surprised by the meal, gives it three out of five stars.

Jonah Owen Lamb
Share
Published by
Jonah Owen Lamb

Recent Posts

George Kittle breaks record in career day against Denver Broncos as 49ers win third game

SANTA CLARA — A month ago, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle pondered the Stone Cold Steve Austin action…

7 hours ago

Fire damages dim sum restaurant in Sunset District

A fire at a two-story building in San Francisco's Sunset District temporarily displaced three people Sunday afternoon, according to the…

7 hours ago

Fired investigator claims DA Gascon ‘unlawfully’ carried guns on planes

A former senior investigator fired by District Attorney George Gascon last year claims in a new lawsuit that the top…

9 hours ago

Selling the best of the West wines —along with the cheese

Chris Wanner, who owns West Coast Wine and Cheese with his wife Lindsey, understands that the wine experience begins with…

23 hours ago

Learning the hard way about the dangers cyclists face on the road

“I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life,” said Diane Serafini, a cyclist whose rigorous training regime…

23 hours ago

Ed Lee’s legacy, and the year that might have been

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Ever since Dec. 12, 2017, when Mayor Ed Lee died, San Francisco leaders…

23 hours ago