This recently-opened restaurant was mentioned in Tablehopper as having garnered early praise on Yelp. I visited for lunch. The Yelp reviews tended to mention how clean the place is, and this is certainly true.
One orders at a counter beside an open kitchen, and is given a number to take to the table of one’s choice. Food is delivered.
I ordered two tacos ($4 each) and horchata ($3.50), which was given to me with my number. The horchata was presented nicely, and wasn’t too sweet, but was slightly chalky.
It was a bit before noon, so my food did not take long to arrive.
The al pastor (left) was primarily diced pork and diced pineapple. Spicing was understated, and the meat was a bit chewy. The portion was generous, but I couldn’t separate the doubled tortillas without tearing them, so I kept them together, and half the filling ended up on the tray, from which I finished it with a fork. The carnitas (right) were more like pulled pork in preparation and texture, and curiously, also contained diced pineapple. Salsa roja (top) was quite disappointing; it tasted like marinara sauce. When I finished, I was full, but unsatisfied.
The large party at the next table talking about Ruby, the JVM, and databases gave me a clue as to the likely audience for this place. This may be the future of the Mission if current economic trends continue, but as long as lower-rent places with better food survive, I’d rather patronize them, even if my feet stick to the floor. Or, for half the price, I can have food twice as good at the nearby El Gallo Giro taco truck, even if some of it ends up on my shoes instead of on a soon-to-be-spotless-again table.