SERVICE: Service is always courteous and efficient at this joint. I would not mind al little chit chat or staff coming around asking if everything is as expected. That said, they are always busy and it's about churning customers in a taqueria like this. No dings, but nothing outstanding either.
AMBIENCE: Mexican music, the sounds of lots of customers and chatter from the kitchen; PLUS the fact you are looking out onto the streets of the Mission all combine for a great experience. Eating nachos in the Mission is just one of those bucket list items for any nacho lover.
APPEARANCE: For me I like color on my platter and this one was almost perfect. That said it was flat and the presence of carrots is just odd to me. If anyone knows why carrots and onions are used please let me know. The size of the portion also added to the quality of the appearance, so I gave them a bit above average.
TASTE: The meat and chips are core to any platter of nachos so the fact that the chicken was very good but not exceptional, and that the house-made chips did not really hold up as I expected, I had to temper the score. Add to that the carrots and onions, jalapenos that were not that exciting, you end up happy but not wowed.
VALUE: San Francisco food prices have been rising steadily for a few years now. The raw costs of food labor and rent are behind it. So when you see a local taqueria serving nachos for $4.95 then that is actually a fairly good price. Again weighed against the amount you are getting and the quality.