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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Street Tacos to Eat on the Street: Your SFoodie Lunch Planner

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Fast food: Taqueria Vallarta's taco cart. - J. KAUFFMAN
  • J. Kauffman
  • Fast food: Taqueria Vallarta's taco cart.
Tues., Feb. 16, 2010

There's a standard kitchen-burrito line at the back of Taqueria Vallarta, a broad, comfortable restaurant on 24th Street. But some days a burrito or plate of chiles rellenos is too much lunch. Those are the days when you pause at the street cart just inside the door, grab a taco, and continue on your way. For $1.50, the taco maker fries a couple of tortillas on the center of a domed griddle, then moves any of the standard taco meats from the grill's rim to the center to sizzle before placing them on the tortillas; you add your own onions, cilantro, salsas, and limes from the fixings bar in front of you.

Taco, with onions: Don't get any on your shoes. - J. KAUFFMAN
  • J. Kauffman
  • Taco, with onions: Don't get any on your shoes.
Be sure to ask for the grilled onions, which melt down on the rim of

the griddle in the juices of a dozen kinds of meat. A couple of them

sprawled on top of your al pastor and you'll be walking hunched over to

keep the tacos from dripping all over your clothes as you eat, a spectacle of discomfort and rapture.

Taqueria Vallarta 3303 24th St. (at Balmy), 826-8116

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