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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Iron Cactus: SOMA Gets Its Very Own Hunk of the Mission Burrito

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM

click to enlarge Display plates behind the sneeze guard. - J. BIRDSALL
  • J. Birdsall
  • Display plates behind the sneeze guard.
Shouldn't every micro-neighborhood have its own Mission-style burrito place? The kind with a sneeze guard, pump tortilla steamer, and lady burrito makers with a flair for creative cosmetology? It's arguable.

Today saw the launch of The Iron Cactus (683 Fourth St. at Townsend), a taco-burrito joint adjacent to The Creamery, and from the same owners. We toughed out the opening-day line for a spicy chicken soft taco (the kind that comes with beans and rice, like a little open-face burrito -- $3.50) and carnitas burrito ($6.95). Solid eating, nothing we haven't scarfed before, hunched over, at Pancho Villa, site of the chef's last gig.

For nearby condo dwellers, office workers, and Academy of Art students sick of the limited offerings at the nearby Tacos Goza Goza truck, Iron Cactus is probably a blessing. But you probably won't be taking a cab here from the Marina for the nachos.

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