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Nick's Crispy Tacos --- Nick is now at Underdog's

Shane Greenwood Jan 27, 2009 06:01 AM

On another thread in the SF board there was some talk about Nick of Nick's Crispy Tacos fame leaving the Broadway location and setting up a new operation at Underdog's in the Sunset. I've heard very positive things about the food coming out of Underdog's now.

Anyone know what's going on with the Broadway location? Sounds like there might have been a falling out between Nick and his partner(s?). Are they keeping the name, any other changes? How are the tacos now?

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Nick's Crispy Tacos
1500 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109

The Taco Shop at Underdog Sports Bar & Grill
1824 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: Shane Greenwood Jan 28, 2009 04:25 PM

    The changes on Broadway happened more than 2 years ago when the partners split. Nick has to leave his name behind.

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      katya RE: Melanie Wong Jan 29, 2009 03:00 PM

      If I had an excellent taco at Nick's in 2005, where would I go now to recreate the experience? Nick's on Broadway or Underdog?

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        Melanie Wong RE: katya May 13, 2009 07:36 PM

        Mom and I had lunch at Underdogs on Monday. I think that's where you want to be.

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

        She was dismayed by the prices on the menu, but perked up when she saw how large the fish tacos were. She had the battered and fried Baja version on soft tortillas, and I had the grilled mahi mahi Nick's style with crispy tortilla liner and guacamole, cheese, and pico de gallo. The two salsas in the squeeze bottle were very tasty. I give a slight edge to the roasted salsa roja, as Shane does, but the salsa verde is very good too and quite spicy. I also had a lime agua fresca (the flavor changes daily) that was a hair too sweet for me, but fine once some of the ice melted.

        Whereas she felt ripped off when we ate at La Taqueria a couple years ago, she was quite satisfied with the flavor and value here at about the same price, plus table service.

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          DezzerSF RE: Melanie Wong May 13, 2009 08:00 PM

          I also ate here last week and really enjoyed my grilled mahi mahi and carnitas tacos, Nick's style. I found all the ingredients fresh and well seasoned, and enjoyed the textural contrast with the crispy grilled tortilla.

          I actually share your mother's sentiments on La Taqueria, and while I remember their taco being of a similar construction, I enjoyed the tacos here much more.

          The sopa de tortilla with homemade chicken soup, tomatoes, onions, jack cheese, avocado, tortillas and lime caught my eye for next time and the server mentioned it was her favorite item on the menu.

          Also, if you want an extra kick, Nick brought us over a squeeze bottle of homemade habanero salsa, which was equally tasty as it was spicy.

          1. re: DezzerSF
            Melanie Wong RE: DezzerSF May 13, 2009 08:28 PM

            Here's my post and photo from La Taqueria,
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4684...

            I actually had headed to Irving St planning to take her to Go Go Cafe. But when I saw Underdogs was on the same block, I asked her if she wanted tacos instead. I'm glad we switched. I think she was happier with her $4.25 fish taco than a $4.50 rice plate at Go Go.

      2. re: Melanie Wong
        Shane Greenwood RE: Melanie Wong Feb 6, 2009 08:44 PM

        He's been set up at the Underdog for a few months now (they were a little fuzzy on the exact number of months when I asked), so it's still kind of new in that location.

        The Taco Shop is in a sports bar setting. The elote was fantastic, nice coating of cotija cheese. The crispy tacos are folded in a soft flour tortilla on the outside. Tacos are loaded with meat, cheese, salsa and guacamole. Super filling and very delicious. We also really liked the roasted salsa en squeeze bottle. Potions were very generous. They sell chips & salsa for $1.50 and brought us a second helping of chips gratis when they saw we still had some salsa left. All in all, a great cheap eats place.

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