Whenever I go home to S.F. the challenge of choosing the best restaurant always presents itself. But this weekend, I decided to tackle it with a different approach: plan nothing, and let my cravings guide me. On my way to meet my friend Polly at Peet’s Coffee, I passed Nick’s Crispy Tacos and made it my mission to eat there before the end of the night. After an hour of doing work, we went right next door, lined up and ordered, and sat at a red booth facing the football game. Aside from the name, nothing about this place screams Mexican food, but that’s no indication of the quality of the food.
After a heaping of incredibly crisp chips and fresh, chunky salsa and bright green guacamole, I dove right into the crispy vegetarian taco with pinto beans, melted jack cheese, cabbage, salsa and guacamole. The two tortillas were unnecessary but after properly reforming the taco I couldn’t put it down. With the hearty pinto beans and hefty spoonful of guacamole, this one vegetarian taco could have definitely been a sufficient meal.
I’m glad that didn’t stop me because the grilled fish taco was just as delicious. Fish can run the risk of being pretty sketchy at Mexican taco bars, but this had no aftertaste of the ocean – just pure freshness. Perfect to wash down with a $3 margarita, a deal available all day Saturday!
I may even consider coming back to Nick’s tomorrow. It was phenomenal, cheap, laid back, and the perfect solution to a craving for Mexican.
Location: 1500 Broadway @ Polk Street