A welcome addition to the neighborhood. The Al Pastor burrito is really interesting with an almost bacon-like flavor. Ingredients are fresh, staff is friendly and they have salsa de guacamole in their salsa bar. Glad that Zapata has been replaced with a worthy successor.
Mhhhhh...I'm gonna Spanglish this review. Voy a spanglishear este reviu. I had 2 visits to this changarro, which let me say...muy sad. Well not because of the food...it is actually horribly bland...no salt, but that's not the problem...for me at least as I am hypertensive...so the less salt the better! Excepto here's the thing: Salt is a big thing for hypertensive people...como yo...ESPECIAL. But let's set the legalities aside. Yes, mija...ay gordita!!! Pensaste que era hindu! O arabe...o iraní? Pues no mijita chula...aquí te llego tu reviu! Mira mi gordita...las únicas gordas que me hecho, they are from La Laguna. Si, miraaa!!! And I don't know si eres la dueña o la chacha pero let me tell you one ting: Escuché lo que dijiste taaaaaaan claramente that i will classify you as a homophobe. Asi mijita! Well chicos y chicas, allow me to elaborate! (Y la gordis / panzonis pensó que se "hiba" a escapars...por favor. Cuando veas algo que se parece a un nopal, cuidado mijo porque tenemos púas...y pues como dijiste, esto te sacas por estar e n l a Castro...y pues...bien dicho!!!! Te lo sacaste.) pero...toda la gente lo pensó mijaaaa!!! Siiii!! Lo Zapata nadie me lo quita papi! Aaaaaaayyyy te crees bien pispirisnais...ay panzónis... So, the first time I went to this changarro a ordenar un burrito de Lengua...not sure why, but never have a burrito de lengua. First, the lengua (assuming ya'll know what that is, if not google it) has to be diced in a certain way before it's cooked. I am 56% Native American, trust a native when it comes to cooking lengua. Then, you must clean it as if you were making menudo...yeah...my great great grand mother used cal, my great grand mother, bleach. Get the picture? GOOOOD!!! Well this lengua...which is part of the digestive tract...tasted as such...like badly cooked meat. and then ... no matter how much cilantro...did I mention I come from a long line of revolutionaires? Well, and onion...it was bad! But not as bad as the service!!! Well it gets better. Last night. Did I mention blood pressure issues? I did. Well last night I came by to give this changarro a sorry second chance. So I get to the...choosing point. Then la gordita goes: hey no se que chingadosdijo in English...mind you I am trilingual. O como quien dice: Entiendo Lenguas? Well, so la gordita said you have to pay first. (Did she go to cooking school? Even Better, did she go to cooking school in California...wait...did she go to cooking school in SF? Does he even live in SF proper to decide what I am going to ingest? How picky I can be with my food? Does he even know why we have laws? I am Mexican. And I am special. I am also gay. Well, apally, she did not thought so. No Bueino! I asked for a sample of the Chile Colorado. Because of my health. Not because I wanted to "see" what kind of flavor it had. I am HYPERTENSIVE. Apparently La Gordita does not know the rules of health code. And that I can FILE a lawsuit because of his reaction. Ok, hypertensive reason aside! Yey!!! "That's what I get for being in the Castro" la gordis said, when I asked for a sample, I responded..."I don't need a suggestion for what I eat. Thanks" Apparently, la gordita was sooooooo offended she went around to take a girls order and tried to disregard me...miraaaaaaaaa! Ay pos no seeeeee mija? Qué pedo.... Se cre la Kardashian de Culiacán o qué pedo? Chaparra, gorda y...dejenmes le digo chismosaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Proteccioooooooon!!!! No bayan ayi!!! Horror comida y jota homophobica. Y chaparra, gorda y fea. Visiten La Tortilla! Las mejores chicas listas para dar el mejor servicio : LAS ADORO!!!! El Cynismo que tienes mija. Así no siasen las cosas miija.
Best al pastor tacos in SF. Better than anything I've found in the Mission, and better than 95% of what I've had in Mexico. Their chorizo breakfast burrito (breakfast served all day!) is also fantastic. This is the best spot in the neighborhood for lunch under $10. I can only assume many of the negative reviews were from shortly after the restaurant opened when they were still working out the kinks. I've been here about six times and never had a bad experience with food, wait times, or customer service.
I came in for a quick diet Dr Pepper. It was wonderful and refreshing. The flavors were as you would expect from a diet Dr Pepper...similar to the regular but a little lighter and more refreshing.
I don't even know what to say. In my mind I thought it would be at least as good as our beloved Zapata! It isn't. I keep an open mind when every new place but sometimes it fails. This one failed badly. The service is terrible and I can deal with that if food is good. The food was so bad I couldn't finish it. This wasn't even good drinking food you can tolerate! Les Natali ran a good business out and brought one in that is waaaay subpar. Don't go here!
It is so great to have a taqueria to replace Zapata. El Capitan just opened, and still need to get some kinks worked out. One of them is the speed of the kitchen. I waited about 20 min for a regular burrito, and there was only 2 people ahead of me when I ordered. They also need to improve making burritos. I ordered a regular carnitas burrito. When I got home, I unwrapped the burrito and it was mostly tortilla that had a little rice, a little beans and a couple teaspoons of meat. Definitely not worth $10. I will eventually go back and try again, so hopefully they will see this and give us a little more than what I was served today.
Several bad experiences have me swearing off this place. They don't seem to understand their own menu, overall. The Beyond Meat option is also a nice gimmick, but it's not seasoned and otherwise undercooked. I'd say they still have kinks to work out as a relatively new business, but they're a taqueria... any bajillion of other taquerias in this city are better functioning and tastier.
I am really happy to have another taqueria I'm the neighborhood. It's a nice contrast to the many brunch spots, especially when you want something quick and affordable. El captain has a standard taqueria menu: quesadillas, tacos, nachos and burritos. However they do have some specialists: California Burritos, and an impossible meat option. And a dedicated vegetarian menu (YASSSSS). The restaurant is big with lots of seating, and wide doors/aisles that [look] are wheelchair accessible. Another big plus is the sensual mural art of two women dancing , check it out by the salsa bar.
Okay, thrilled to see a new resto in the Castro as we sorely need some new vendors. I get it that some kinks need to be worked out but just read all the reviews and it's pretty damning. C'mon guys, you have been open a couple of weeks now! Duct tape comment for gay flag goes along with the rest of the decor...it looks tired and dirty already and you just opened? Also we got bought 8 tacos and it was $40!? Let me clear, I will NOT pay $1.75 PER TACO for avocado. Yes you need to pay the bills and your workers but that is robbery. I will your place one more try and then likely go to my regular taco place on Market across from Fitness SF gym. Good luck!
I wasn't sure how this place would live up the former taqueria that here. Ok so I said to myself ... self try it. Great service and good food I was a little put off that I didn't get chips with my order however actually eating off a a plate ( plastic or more proper) seemed to make me feel this place is better than the other taqueria in Castro. Wait now the food ??? It's good they taste the same. Sorry my burrito is the same but the plating and service stood above. Gracias
Not impressed at all ! I hate to give a negative review to a place in the Castro. I would love to have some good food places there. How ever. Maybe it's because they just open. Maybe they are not ready. I don't really know. But it wa the worst burrito I ever had I may try it again ones in few years.
The food is delicious. Note that almost all the negative reviews are NOT about the food and most are about service issues that seem to be getting worked out. The employees were all very nice and the food was all fresh and flavorful, including the meats and guacamole. The space is clean and pleasant. Better than most SF taquerias. A great addition to the neighborhood!
Food is delicious but their customer service is lacking. Hence the 3 stars, delicious food alone has never kept a business thriving if you do not know about the importance of customer service.
Staff were friendly and the food was great - the quesadilla is fantastic (and large)!! Definitely will be returning soon.
Great new addition to the neighborhood. Staff is super warm and welcoming. I've been multiple times and enjoyed both quesadillas and burritos there. Their guac is also delicious. Great place to go for that late-night after-bar "snack."
Tried to try this place out but it was clearly very disorganized with 6 customers and 3 employees, I only have so much time for lunch. A word about "Pink Washing", it's cool business owner you have opened in a Gay neighborhood. But show some respect to our flag. Slapping it up with duct tape, just doesn't cut it. If I displayed the Mexico flag held up with duct tape, I think you'd be offended. Yes, I still miss Zapata.
Worst taqueria in the city Guacamole tastes like green lemon sauce from a packet. Burritos have something that tastes like Italian seasoning in them. Takes forever. I've gotten different burritos there 3 times and I have ended up throwing them away because they are gross. Too bad, I really miss Zapatos but unfortunately this is not a replacement.
I was glad to finally try this place, and though will need to try the tacos before deciding on 4 or 5 stars. I always try the carnitas as that is a good gauge of quality. They were mist, fresh and nicely seasoned, the salsa was excellent. My bar is set high, based on an incredible food truck down in Mountain View, and I didn't expect anything that good, but it certainly seems head and shoulders above what was there before. Also glad to see whole jalepenos, radishes and limes at the salsa bar. Now if only they had tongue, tripe, and all the other "specialty meats" you can get at places in the Mission. And fresh chopped cilantro.
When I asked if the rice was vegetarian, I was told no, it has chicken stock. As a vegan, I asked, what about the vegetarian burritos, of which they had a whole section of, on the menu. The server was dumbfounded and couldn't even say anything at that point.
They just opened and are working out some issues BUT in my opinion, it's not a reason to give them a bad rating. That just sets them up to fail. I really like the menu - 3 different veggie burrito options! Also the salsa bar is great and it's so nice that chips are free (such a sin when a taqueria charges for chips). My burrito was good and I will definitely go back.