Hi again SF Bay area Hounds -- I think this will be my last post prior to my trip to your excellent zone on Thursday of this week so bear with me :-).
Thanks to all of your great help and suggestions, I have a super itinerary planned which will be heavy on the Mexican/Latin American as we are sorely missing good examples of these cuisines here in Vancouver.
I've just amalgamated all my tips for a Mission tour on Saturday (especially Melanie Wong's October antojitos and murals crawl). We've checked out the Mission a couple of times in the recent past so I have a bit of a sense of the layout, but I had to reverse the order as we'll be starting from Potrero Hill. Please let me know if I've managed to keep it fairly geographically sane, and if I've missed anything important to actually eat as for some (many) of these places we'll just be stopping for a quick ogle -- too much here to sample everything, sadly. If anyone has specific suggestions for "do not miss" items at Melanie's places, please let me know.
St. Francis Fountain (2801 24th St. btwn Bryant and York)
El Buen Sabor for a carnitas taco (2833 24th btwn Bryant and York)
El Delfin (3066 24th St. btwn Treat and Folsom) for the volcán en molcajete
El Rancho Grande de Barraza 3064 24th Street westernmost one, between Treat and Folsom 415-285-9252 for a pupusa and a cactus taco
Philz Coffee (3101 24th St. at Folsom) for (duh) a coffee
Taqueria Guadalajara for a crisp, almost bacon-like carnitas "super" taco
3146 24th St at Shotwell., 415-642-4892
Mission Pie 2901 Mission St, San Francisco (btwn 24th and 25th)
La Taqueria 2889 Mission at 25th Street (415) 285-7117 for a taco dorado, no guac or cheese, I know, I know but we loved them last time.
Dianda’s, 2883 Mission St
Kings Bakery Café 2846 Mission
Mr. Pollo 2823 Mission St (btwn 24th and 25th)
then Osage Alley (murals)
Bartlett St (historic) to 22nd
turn right on 22nd El Salvador - Antojitos Salvadorenos Aminta, sit down, 2578 Mission St (at 22nd)
point out Peruvian grocer, El Perol, al pastor spit at Altena
continue on 22nd Italy - La Copa Loca, gelato, 3150 22nd St, San Francisco (at Capp)
Mural - 21st Street to Bethany mural @ Capp, walk to Mission and 21st
Guatemala - San Miguel mango, minutas and elotes cart, 21st St (Mission)
(west side of street) to 21st Street mural on bank
Nicaragua - Las Tinajas, 2338 Mission St, sit-down (19th and 20th)
Guatemala – Acaxutla, 2282 Mission Street (18th and 19th) walk over to Valencia
Mural – Vamos Gigantes, PG&E Building, 19th St (btwn Valencia and Mission)
Mural - Women's Building, 3543 18th St # 8
Four Barrel Coffee, doughnuts 375 Valencia St (14th and 15th)