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dinner at Platanos in the Mission

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dinner at Platanos in the Mission

laurie | Oct 13, 2003 02:35 AM

had dinner at platanos tonight - guerrero and 18th, i believe. sat at the bar and were pleasantly greeted at 9:45 on a sunday (they seat till 10 pm on sundays).

really warm decor, just a great vibe. enjoyed:

- ceviche ($10) - hearty portion made with mahi mahi (varies). served with banana chips on a martini size glass. excellent balance of lime, avocado, fish, seasoning

- duck tostadas ($~7) w/radish slaw. needed more accompaniments but loved the warm flour tortilla base.

- crab (since i am reading crab season hasn't yet started, i assume this is dungeness not local but it was still big chunks of tasty meat) salad on a bad of greens, properly dressed, with grilled avocado and mango (~$7) - delicious

- gambas mole verde with white rice and green beans - a very rich and creamy green mole with 6 plump shrimp ($14.50) - not a huge portion for the $s but loved the sauce. green beans were not seasoned and seemed like an afterthought to fill up the plate but again...the sauce.....

+ a few glasses of Marques de Alella Pansa Blanca from Spain ($7)

A really really wonderful place. Total bill was about $75 for 2 with tip and I wish we had some room to try the desserts. I highly recommend this warm neighborhood place.

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