The Taco Shop @ Underdogs
1824 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
Looking for cheap, huge tacos served with ice cold beers and a side of ESPN? Then I’m sure you’ve heard through the grapevine about The Taco Shop at Underdogs. At what seems to be a typical sports bar, Nick Fasanella whips up his own take on Mexican tacos. Underdogs doesn’t really have traditional Mexican style tacos, but they don’t fall short of being pretty amazing in their own way. After months of being hounded by my friends to “GO TO UNDERDOGS” I finally did!
Underdog’s late-night hours are great for when you don’t really know what you want to eat until most places end up closing. They don’t close earlier than 10 p.m., any given night of the week. On the corner of bustling Irving Street (and 19th) this energetic sports bar serves tacos that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. The second you walk in you know that without a doubt this place is the place for everything football. With that being said, it’s still incredibly family-friendly!
The atmosphere is extremely relaxing, you’ll feel like you’re walking into your usual spot. When we arrived a staff member beckoned us to find which ever seat pleased us. We came with a few people so we weren’t able to snag a seat at the bar but we found a picnic-style table and benches. I had already arrived knowing what I wanted to order but caught a glimpse of our neighbors chips and guacamole. Naturally I had to get those first.
When my chips and guac arrived I though the chef had accidentally dumped all of their guacamole supply on my basket, but no, they are really just that big. They also cost $5! The guacamole was awesome! Made entirely will Hass avocados, I highly recommend this starter.
I had heard that their tacos are giants of their kind, so I decided to only go with two and not my usual four. You can pick any two and make it a combo for $8.50. I went with the traditional Carne Asada and Pescado “Baja” style. These tacos don’t just come with your meat of choice and a couple flakes of cilantro. At Underdogs they go crazy with their tacos! The standard for most of their tacos include cheese, beans, pico de gallo and my favorite, guacamole. When you order your tacos you have the choice of making them “Nick’s Way.” This means you get one crunchy tortilla and one soft tortilla.
My Carne Asada taco was pretty good! I mean, I’ve had better but definitely no complaints. However, I loved my Pescado “Baja” style taco. The battered fish was obviously fresh and not frozen making it oh so yummy! It was brought to me hot of the fryer and arrived perfectly crunchy. The lime and roasted tomato salsa that came on it was to die for. If you’re in the mood for fish tacos, go with these.
Underdogs is a great taco spot to dine at when it’s late and you really don’t know what you want. And if you’re not in the mood to pay around eight bucks, go for Taco Tuesdays. Two bucks for tacos AND Tecates!