I had a great time at Tropisueno's happy hour yesterday (weekdays 4-6).
My most chow-worth takeaway: there now exists great deep fried fish tacos ($3) in SF. Nick's is nice, but Tropisueno's fish tacos almost make me stop missing East LA.
The happy hour, overall, is fantastic:
-two or three Mexican draft beers for $3, or a can of Tecate for $3
-$5 house margaritas, each with two shots of El Jimador blanco, plenty of fresh lime juice, and a salted rim spiced with what tastes like pico de gallo (the red powder Mexican fruit stands use)
-$2 taco style tacos included a carne asada with great char grilled flavor and a really flavorful, yet light sauce.
-$3 chicken flautas were extremely crispy and piping hot, also with a nice char flavor. They were topped with a really fresh salsa verde and silky cook crema.
-I didn't try the following, but you can get $3 guacamole and chips, $4 ceviche, $3 or $5 quesadillas (enormous! price based on whether you want meat), or $8 shrimp cocktails.
- the mediocre $8 campechana (seafood cocktail) which got a pass because it's hard to make great seafood for $8.
Overall, I was really impressed that Tropisueno is able to offer bar food at under $5 that actually has nuanced flavors and comes out of the kitchen tasting hot and fresh. This is a cut above any taqueria or taco truck, and maybe even most upscale Mexican restaurants.
How are people liking Tropisueno for lunch or dinner?