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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Taco Shop at Underdog's: Best Place in S.F. to Watch the World Cup?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 3:46 PM

click to enlarge Everything you need at game time. - ANNA L CONTI/FLICKR
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  • Everything you need at game time.
The place: The Taco Shop at Underdog's, 1824 Irving (at 19th Ave.), 566-8700

The hours: Daily, 4:30-6 p.m.

The deals: $1 tacos; Dos Equis at $2 per pint

The digs: This barnlike neighborhood hangout is one of the city's great sports bars, with flat screens aplenty, enormous flags and banners hanging from the rafters, and a bar that stretches halfway to Golden Gate Park. Darts, a jukebox, and Pac-Man keep things hopping between innings, and there's a family-friendly area towards the back with a picnic table, a mini-basketball game, and other diversions.

click to enlarge Juicy and satisfying. - JTCHEN22/FLICKR
The verdict: Underdog's has everything you need at game time: a well-stocked bar, comfortable seating, a lively, convivial atmosphere, and cheap yet tasty tacos in chicken, carnitas, or carne asada. Crafted from locally and organically raised ingredients, they're served in saucer-sized corn tortillas with lots of chopped onion and cilantro, and are juicy and satisfying to boot. Three or four of 'em plus a $2 pint of Dos Equis should see you through a good chunk of the first half very nicely.

Overall grade: A-

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