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Sunday, September 28, 2003

Nick's Crispy Tacos Restaurant

Close to a year ago a taco place opened up a few blocks from us. I was eager to try it but Lee was hesitant. First off the location. It's inside a "happening" pick-up bar. Second of all the name, Nick's Crispy Tacos. We both love taco's but crispy tacos? That's just not the way they're meant to be.

So this weekend the San Francisco Chronicle comes out with their Bargain Bites feature and which local spot is mentioned? Nick's. Turns out the place is run by a Culinary Institute of America graduate. He used to work as a bartender at Pesce down the street.

The place was packed when we stopped by for lunch today, and for good reason. The food. We each had a fish soft taco ($3.25) and they were terrific. Crispy batter fried fish with finely shredded cabbage and a creamy sauce on it. We also shared a basket of chips, salsa and guacamole and that was good too. The chips were hearty and clearly homemade, the guacamole was super fresh and plentiful. Lee had a limon agua fresca and it tasted just like a margarita without the booze. And it turns out only one of the tacos on the menu is actually crispy, it's a special where a crisp-shelled taco is wrapped in a soft tortilla. Who knows? Maybe it's good. Needless to say we will be back to try some more of what Nick has to offer.

Nick's Crispy Tacos is located in the Rouge bar at Polk and Broadway (1500 Broadway, entrance on Polk) and is open 11:30am-9pm 7 days a week.