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Pisto's Tacos
1310 Grant Ave., North Beach
Status: Open

A round of applause for Pete Mrabe, everyone: despite having two currently operating restaurants (Don Pisto's and Chubby Noodle) and two more in the works (Italian deli Central Station and a second Chubby Noodle in the Marina), the busy restaurateur also found time to take over the former Nico's Tacos and reopen it less than three weeks later as a Don Pisto's spinoff, Pisto's Tacos. (The jury is still out as to whether Mrabe actually sleeps.)

As can be guessed from the name, the focus at Pisto's Tacos is...tacos, in varieties both traditional (al pastro, carnitas, lengua) and unusual (Yucatecan longaniza sausage and suadero, a.k.a. beef brisket). Burritos are available with any of the meats. Don Pisto's beloved hamburguesa torta has also made the menu in a smaller version, along with ceviche, oysters, a pork tamal, and pozole. Like Mrabe's other restaurants, price points are quite reasonable: $2-3.50 for a taco, $5.50 for a burrito, $5 for a hamburger. See the full menu here. Also, do note that the opening of this spot means most of the tacos will be going off the menu at Don Pisto's, to keep things separate.

On the drinks side, Pisto's Tacos shares Don Pisto's misfortune in not having full liquor, so the only margaritas you'll find here are made with soju ($5). There's also quite an extensive beer selection, with every sort of Mexican brew in 12- or 32-ounce bottles, not to mention local craft brews, a bunch of international beers, sangria, and even a 40 of Mickey's malt liquor. Check out the full drinks menu here. The 35-seat space is small, with a few tables, a bar, and a window counter. Opening hours are 5-10 pm daily; they'll eventually open for lunch as well.

· Pete Mrabe Opening Pisto's Tacos in North Beach [~ ESF ~]
· Nico's Tacos Closes [~ ESF ~]

Pisto's Tacos

1310 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA

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