I've been getting some uberuseful comments here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7369... on our upcoming visit itinerary -- thanks to all. Thought I'd trespass further on your hospitality by asking for some specific feedback on a Mission tour I've cooked up for a couple of Van Hounds who haven't been to SF before.
I've organized it roughly by area and in address order with the help of a Muni map. If I should outright dump anything, I've missed any of your favourites (places or foodstuffs) or anything has closed/changed hands/gone downhill, I'd love to hear about it.
This jaunt will take place on Sunday, Nov 7 from about 11-3. Obviously we won't get to everything on the list but it'll be fun to try :-).
Papalote 3409 24th btwn Valencia and Poplar (415) 970-8815 for something veg or the triple threat but beware size!
Arizmendi 1268 Valencia St. at 24th St., 415-826-9218 Mon-Th 7am-7pm Fri 7am-9pm baked goods, chai
Taqueria San Jose (2830 Mission btwn 24th and 25th) where they do the al pastor gyros style on a spit. salsa cruda
La Taqueria (2889 Mission at 25th) for carnitas tacos dorados
Dianda’s at 2883 Mission at 25th is an Italian bakery with a Latin feel and some very ornate cakes on offer
Mr Pollo with its Colombian and Ecuadorian offerings
King’s Bakery Café at 2846 Mission with its bbq pork buns
Mission Pie 25th and Mission sweet and savory pies.
“mall” with the Peruvian grocer El Perol and many other points of interest including Altena 2588 Mission St btwn 22nd and 21st
Taqueria Guadalajara 3146 24th btwn Shotwell and Folsom (415) 642-4892 for carnitas taco super version
Mission Local Eatery 3111 24th St near Folsom 415.655.3422 LUNCH Tues-Fri 11:00 – 3:00
Sat-Sun 10:00 – 3:00 DINNER Wed – Sat 5:30 – 10:00 BRUNCH Saturday and Sunday Great place for lunch, coffee, pastries. High end ingredients. All under $10. .
Philz Coffee 3101 24th at Folsom chai tea with mint or Turkish coffee
El Delfin 3066 24th btwn Lucky and Treat (415) 643-7955 pozole weekends only, caldo de pollo, molcajete, shrimp in creamy garlic sauce or others, green mole enchiladas, fresh made fruit juice, slow service, avoid salads, chips, red salsa, guac, catfish ceviche (ask), ask for snapper instead of tilapia open 9 am
Rancho Grande 3064 24th St. combination grocery/butcher/loncheria; cactus tacos and pupusas (which you can order singly apparently)
Humphry Slocombe corner of Harrison and 24th
El Tonayense taco truck usually parka by the kid's playground at 23rd and Treat. Also at Harrison and 19th streets. Harrison and 22nd streets, and Shotwell and 16th streets) (415) 550-9192. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily.
Taqueria Vallarta 3033 24th St btwn Treat and Harrison where the tacos are served from what used to be an outdoor cart.
Haltun Mayan 2948 21st St btwn Treat and Harrison 415-550-9410 Mon-Sun10-10 pm try the platter, also has a window (formerly La Cachanilla)
El Gallo Giro Taco Truck: Parque Ninos Unidos at Treat and 23rd The Michoacan-style carnitas here are excellent, more like straight-up roast pork, with a healthy cap of fat that's crisped and gilded in the frying. Order it in tacos, and you get irregular hunks and fibers of meat, chewy, soft, and a little elastic, doused with a salsa that lets you taste the comal that's blistered its tomatoes and chiles. SF Weekly Aug 17/10
La Victoria Bakery 2937 24th St at Alabama. A takoyaki cart makes occasional appearances outside La Victoria Bakery & elsewhere. http://twitter.com/TakoyakiSF; pastries here are only okay
El Farolito 24th at Alabama a good burrito choice if we didn't hit Papalote ?!
Mercado Casa Lucas 2934 24th St
Tortas Los Picudos 2969 24th St btwn Harrison and Alabama, 415-824-4199 carnitas torta
Dona Tere’s street cart 21st and Alabama. For $1.75 tasty pork tostada and tamale 2-9, elote and flautas
La Palma Mexicatessen 2884 24th St btwn Florida and Bryant cactus tortillas, housemade papitas (potato chips) and corn tortillas being hand-patted out
El Metate 2406 Bryant at 22nd little store attached to a restaurant
Sugarlump Lounge 24th just before Bryant organic coffee, savoury pies. Free Wifi. Open from 7a-10p everyday.
Roosevelt Tamale Parlor 2817 24th at York. Tamales and lots of them. Big portions and good eats. Open 10am–9:30pm, Sunday till 9pm, closed Monday.
La Torta Gorda 2833 24th at Bryant for mostly Poblano-style Mexican food
St Francis Fountain 2801 24th Street between Bryant and York. fun place for a sweet bite, Mitchell’s ice cream, retro candies
Dynamo 24th street between York and Hampshire for different coffee and whacky doughnuts
Pal’sTakeaway 2751 24th St at Hampshire across from Dynamo (415) 203-4911
Ritual Coffee 1026 Valencia near 21st more coffee!
Rocky's Navajo Frybread Fabric8 3318 22nd St at San Jose (415) 647-5888 Amnesia 853 Valencia btwn 19th and 20th (415) 970-0012
El Buen Sabor 699 Valencia at 18th (415) 552-8816 for carnitas
BiRite Grocery 3639 18th near Oakwood
BiRite Creamery 3692 18th btwn Dolores and Guerrero
Tartine Bakery 600 Guerrero at 18th (415) 487-2600
Pizzeria Delfina 3611 18th 415-437-6800
Acaxutla at 2282 Mission near 18th (Guatemalan) and Las Tinajas at 2338 Mission near 19th (Nicaraguan)
Balompie Café 3349 18th St at Capp between Mission and South Van Ness (415) 648-9199 pupusas with loroco or pasteles -- a meat-stuffed corn dumpling steamed in a banana leaf.
Mission Chinese Food 2234 Mission St. btwn 18th and 19th 415-863-2800 Sichuan peppercorn in the vast majority of the items, along with fragrant star anise, cumin, and coriander in the kitchen’s trademark spice mix. open 7 days 12-10 Sundays
Taqueria Cancun 2288 Mission btwn 18th and19th (415) 252-9560 for cebollitas
Yamo 3406 18th at Mission (415) 553-8911 to try another version of tea leaf salad Lunch, dinner Mon.-Sat.
El Maya Yucatan Cuisine 2022 Mission at 16th – Torta de Cochinita & happy hour
Poc Chuc 2886 16th S btwn South Van Ness and Shotwell (415) 558-1583 closed Wed; Sun 10-5 only; 10:30-10; try salpicon de res special if available, homemade tortillas, habanero salsa; focus on the “appetizers” in platillo maya
Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia at 15th for a restorative if needed
PICA PICA MAIZE KITCHEN 401 Valencia at 15th 415-400-5453 pernil arepa
CafeZazo 64 14th St at Harrison (415) 626-5555; 7-6 Mon-Fri 10-4 Sat 10-3 Sun made to order chips
STARSTREAM 1830 Harrison at 14th St 415-864-6390 Blue Bottle coffee. individual Roman-style pizzas at lunch
El Maya Yucatan
2022 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2862 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3346 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2883 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
La Palma Mexicatessen
2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tortas Los Picudos
2969 24th St, San Francisco, CA
Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Roosevelt Tamale Parlor
2817 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3349 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Four Barrel Coffee
375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
El Metate Restaurant
2406 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA
2282 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2338 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2590 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Mission Chinese Food
2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
La Torta Gorda
2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
72 N Almaden Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
1002 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94915
La Victoria Bakery
2937 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110