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It seems only natural that the time has come for Nick to merge his loves for the ocean and the kitchen and open Tacko, a Nantucket-inspired taqueria poised to hit the Marina in a couple weeks. Nick and his business partner Doug Marschke capitalized on the misfortune of short-timer Kasa Indian Eatery, taking over the lease and infrastructure and giving the dark space a vibrant facelift. White wooden panel walls, teak and holly wood countertops, nautical light fixtures, and a compass rose mural infuse the space with thoughts of the seaside. The name Tacko is inspired by “ACK” the airport code for Nantucket and the logo is a red and blue “burgee,” or yacht club flag. Nick says his spot is kind of like “yacht club taco” and invites guests to come into the clean, well-lit spot for “really good, fast, healthy food that is true to the flavors in a comfortable environment.” Try and grab a seat by the front windows, which accordion out to reveal patio seating perfect for a warm Indian summer day in SF.
The Tacko menu will for the most part mirror Underdogs. As a Cow Hollow resident, I am counting down the days until I can sink my teeth into a juicy tomato mole chicken, carne asada, crispy carnitas or Baja fish taco served Nick’s Way. Tacko will not have any nachos or wings on the menu, but it will be offering a lobster roll a la Nantucket, served on a toasted torpedo roll with heaps of buttered Maine lobster. Beer, wine, and agave wine margaritas form the drink menu and rumor has it the margaritas will be available by the bucket or pail. Tacko is set to open the week after Bay to Breakers with hours 11AM to 10PM, 7 days a week. Perfect timing if you ask me to nurse that hangover with a hefty taco or lobster roll.
Read more about the founding of Tacko -- http://yum.sfstation.com/2011/05/04/tacko-new-taqueria-sails-into-the-marina/