Taqueria Cancun (Market/6th)

San Francisco, CA

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based on 4 reviews
8.4   recommended

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    Score: 7.5 / 10    Reviewed by: naynay

    I lived near 6th and Mission and was thrilled to notice the Can-Cun near the corner. However I was disappointed once I tasted it. Fpr some reason, this one is hit or miss. There have been some times that I have had the usual AMAZING, well balanced veggie burrito from there, and there have been other times where they were just full of rice. It's not sparkling clean but there is rarely a wait, and if you are on Market Street craving a burrito, it's worth it. I would say, when you order, just be sure to tell them "very little rice".

    posted by naynay on 10/29/2007 11:00 AM #

    Score: 8.5 / 10    Reviewed by: k8teohh9

    Its by no means the cleanest joint, or a place you would want to eat in, but they do serve up one great carne asada burrito.

    Carne asada has always been my gauge for a good taqueria. The carne asada here is awesome, they put whole pieces of avocado in your burrito and like the others say, they will grill the entire burrito to add a little crisp. Its a totally different than having your burrito steamed at other places.

    posted by k8teohh9 on 6/26/2007 1:08 PM #

    Score: 9.5 / 10    Reviewed by: massd (Los Gatos, CA)

    As the first reviewer mentioned, this Cancun is not located in the best parts of the city. Although it's just one block from valet parking at Nordstroms, this corner's most redeeming asset is indeed Taqueria Cancun.

    I have eaten at dozens, maybe hundreds of taquerias around San Francisco, California, the United States and even the world. Cancun is my favorite, hands-down. In 2004 I spent 5 months travelling around Europe. When I arrived back in San Francisco, I told my taxi that we had exactly one destination and that was 6th and Market to get a Cancun super pollo asado. That's how much I love it.

    Although the prices were raised in 2005 making this less of a deal than it was before (sodas are $1.50?), it is still cheap by city standards and the food is great. Plus, they have Orange Crush, Pepsi and Coke in the bottle. The atmosphere, if you can call it that, is crazy with the homeless people but it is not a dangerous area. I used to live a block away and once upon a time you could find crack needles in the street, it is significantly cleaner and better patrolled than in previous years. Nonetheless, I have seen more than my fair share of conference-goers and other tourists walk up, do a double-take at the address, then inside the place, look at each other and walk away too afraid to try something a little different. They missed out.

    The tortillas are grilled, they use whole avocados, the pollo asado is great. The service can be a bit spotty and I used to regularly get the boiled chicken instead of the grilled chicken until I started asking for it in Spanish as "pollo asado".

    The salsa verde here is great - mixed with avocados for a creamier texture and a little spicy. What's great is that you know it's fresh because the spiciness will vary from day to day.

    The only thing that separates this from being a 10 is that they could do a better roll and re-roll to mix the ingredients like Taqueria Pancho Villa at 16th and Mission (one of the few places that really gets this right).

    I prefer this Cancun location over the Mission location. The food there is never quite as good in my opinion.

    It's 8pm on a Saturday night and I have worked myself into a frenzy - I think I'm going to go there right now!

    posted by massd on 2/25/2006 8:01 PM, updated on 4/9/2009 1:36 PM #

    Score: 8 / 10    Reviewed by: tapatio (San Francisco, CA)

    Despite the fact that this is in one of the worst parts of San Francisco, and that this is one of the smallest & dingiest places to eat - they make consistently awesome burritos. In additon to good quality main ingredients, all the little things that make a burrito wonderful can also be found here: grilled tortillas (not steamed) that are properly folded (not rolled), fresh cilantro & onion, & tasty salsa. The prices are inexpensive, and the service is always quick. The only real problems with this location are that it's really cramped inside (with seating for about 10), it's pretty dingy, and the chips are a little blah. This is in the heart of the Tenderloin too, so there are transients, the down and out and all kinds of characters that may traipse in at any moment. But if you're feeling adventurous or just happen to be in this area and are hungry, then this is an excellent spot. Just, order it "to go".

    posted by tapatio on 7/18/2005 10:53 AM #

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