O'K, I didn't eat the shark, but I thought the title was catchy.
I've been impressed with the improvements that the Hayward City Council, slowly but surely, has fostered in its downtown. First a Saturday Farmer's Market. Then, a new city hall and a new Albertson's mall. These additions have blown a breath of life into the old neighborhood.
The restaurants are also experiencing a shift: La Victoria's (slightly upscale Mexican with a good Tequila bar), the Bistro (beer, wine and tasty sandwiches), the new Siam (Thai and darn good), Neumanali's (California shee shee and wine bar with a museum on the upper floor), for example, are crowding out the Hof Braus and bar dives.
And now, the Shark Shack at 871 B Street (cross street Mission). A taco and burrito restaurant with Happy Hours (beer and wine margaritas). I stopped in today and tried the shredded chicken and carnitas tacos. Both came on two corn tortillas (not homemade) with pinto beans, guacamole (house made), and shredded cheese. The shredded chicken was no big deal, but the carnitas were surprisingly good-slightly crispy at the ends and very moist toward the middle. Very tasty.
The tortillas chips are store bought, but the salsas are not. The mild one is very tomatoey (?) and the spicy one needs more kick, but is nicely flavored.
The tacos to try are the fish and shell fish (thus the name): shrimp, mahi mahi and a few more varieties.
The problem is the pricing. A taco ala carte -- meat is 3.50 and fish/shell fish is 4.50. I'm a taco truck kind of girl, so that $$ galls me.
But, the service was very friendly, kind of laid back, but I think that's the atmosphere they're aiming for. This is the kind of place to stop by on a long lunch or after work for a few brews, a taco or two and some appetizers (nachos, guacamole, etc.)