Friday, April 11, 2008

Mexican restaurants & and the SF Chronicle's Top 100 list

The San Francisco Chronicle just published its annual list of the 100 best restaurants in the Bay Area, and it includes predictable greats, such as French Laundry, Bouchon, Chez Panisse, Bay Wolf. Indeed, a lot of the listed restaurants are characteristic of contemporary Bay Area cuisine: organic, seasonal, fresh, light, with French, Mediterranean and Asian influences. 
There's more than just California cuisine in the BA, however, so I was surprised to see this year's list doesn't include a single Mexican restaurant. They list two Spanish restaurants, and two Basque restaurants, and a "Latin American" restaurant, but no Mexican restaurant. Good Mexican food is widely available in the Bay Area, from burrito joints to more traditional Mexican fare, and to be sure, it may not be particularly haute, seasonal, or organic, but it's still great food. 
Three Mexican restaurants made the list last year, so I wonder, why the omission of such an essential part of the California restaurant scene?