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Best Super Quick Taqueria in SF?

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,

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

    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.

      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.

        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.

          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.

            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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