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Uno Dos Tacos



$$$$Perfect For:Cheap EatsDay DrinkingHappy HourLunchOutdoor/Patio SituationQuick Eats

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It’s seventy degrees out and a team lunch needs to happen. This is not a drill. You must get outside or Steve the walking HR violation is going to lose his sh*t. But you know what to do, because Uno Dos Tacos exists, and it’s a very good solution for any lunch or happy hour with a group where you also want to be outdoors so you can maybe run away from Steve.

The food at Uno Dos Tacos is fairly predictable and follows the standard fast-casual Mexican setup: a few protein options, plus one vegetarian choice, and the ability to get the fillings served as taco, burrito, bowl or salad. Everything is fine. No dishes are bad, but nothing could really be described as great either. It’s a very safe place with no surprises, but definitely don’t expect a taco revelation.

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Besides the perfectly acceptable food, Uno Dos also has a surprisingly serious bar menu with an ideal happy hour from 4-8pm on weekdays, and an extensive mezcal and tequila list plus cocktails. The shots are small, more like tasters, so they are definitely trying to reign in the terror that could be unleashed by a four hour hard liquor-fueled happy hour near major office buildings. Smart. But they don’t limit your $4 beer intake, so do with that what you will.

The outdoor patio area, on a pretty big corner off Market, is perfect on a nice day, meaning there will definitely be a line and a short wait for tables. Besides the humans, there are also many aggressive pigeons who will probably try to steal your tacos. Stay safe. The inside is nice too, and very big, so you can still hit it on a chilly day for a quick lunch.

So when you’re put in charge of planning the next team lunch or happy hour and it happens to fall on a sunny day, round up the troops (maybe forget to cc Steve) and head over to Uno Dos.

Food Rundown

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Chips & Guacamole

The chips tend to be far too greasy, and the guacamole is strong, but served in a pretty tiny cup. You get a huge basket of chips, which you can dole out to any pigeons that may approach.
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Pescado Taco

Solid but a bit salty. They do the job if you’re craving fish tacos, but not our favorite.
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Tinga Taco

The chicken is a tad bland, but overall a good taco. Just add salsa.
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Asada Taco

Slightly chewy but also fine. Not upset about them and also not overjoyed.

Carnitas Taco

These were maybe the best of the options, but also nothing to write home about. A little dry.
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You can get any of the meats (or the vegetarian option) on top of a salad instead of a taco. It has tortilla strips and some veggies and is only moderately healthy. The main selling point is not getting your hands as dirty as you would eating tacos.

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