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Best Super Quick Taqueria in SF?

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muchogato Jul 12, 2011 11:50 AM

I am look for a taqueria that can whip up some food in 10 minutes or less, yet is still tasty. I have liked Cancun, the restaurant in Berkeley near Shattuck.

I am also looking for something in the mission district (since that's where the best is).

  1. Melanie Wong Jul 12, 2011 11:54 AM

    You might try the walk-up window at Haltun. It's fast and tasty especially if you like Yucatán flavors and really spicy salsa. I think I'll ask for "medium" next time. Here's my recent post,
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/791822

    I will add that generally I feel the tacos in Oakland's Fruitvale district can surpass most of what's served in the Mission.

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    Haltun Mayan Cuisine
    2948 21st Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. Robert Lauriston Jul 12, 2011 12:02 PM

      For tacos, Taqueria San Jose, particularly the al pastor.

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      Taqueria San Jose
      2830 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      4 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        DezzerSF Jul 12, 2011 04:09 PM

        I was a fan and hadn't gone for a while, but a few weekends ago, I found the al pastor to be on the bland and dry side.

        1. re: DezzerSF
          drewskiSF Jul 12, 2011 05:34 PM

          that's sad to hear. i was/am a fan of their al pastor as well.

          1. re: drewskiSF
            DezzerSF Jul 13, 2011 02:35 PM

            Could have been just that day. They didn't carve from the spit, that's for sure.

            1. re: DezzerSF
              Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2011 02:39 PM

              Whoa, if they weren't carving from the spit, I'd tell them to forget it and go elsewhere.

      2. BernalKC Jul 12, 2011 01:44 PM

        El Tonayense trucks work for me. I'll also 2nd the San Jose Taqueria idea, as long as you eat in.

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        El Tonayense
        2598 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA

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          Keesey Jul 12, 2011 02:34 PM

          Aren't all taqueria's generally fast? All the fillings are in their little compartments already and most will have the meats pre-cooked. Some will actually re-grill them to heat them up. It's the lines that make you wait.

          I really like Taqueria Vallarta's taco station by the front entrance. Well marinated meats that sit on a griddle... top pile gets a scooted down to the heat for a quickie grill. They serve you just the tortillas and meat... you pile on your own onions, cilantro, salsa, and lime. Try the lamb, which I don't find often in other taquerias.

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          Taqueria Vallarta
          3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          1. re: Keesey
            Robert Lauriston Jul 12, 2011 02:46 PM

            Yeah, the fastest place can be slow if you get a big line at rush hour.

          2. scottca075 Jul 13, 2011 05:13 PM

            From order to food, look at La Palma Mexicatessen, El Farolito and Taqueria Guadalajara, La Taqueria and there is a Taqueria Cancun in the Mission district. Can comment on how long the lines might be.

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            Taqueria Cancun
            2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            La Taqueria
            2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            La Palma Mexicatessen
            2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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