New place up the block from Yield, former Franklin's Bar (cop bar that was there for decades). Pan-Latin tapas bar.
Owner is Ecuadorean, menu is a mix of Ecuadorean dishes, other Latin dishes he thinks are hard to find done well (e.g. Cubano and Media Noche sandwiches), and things he has original ideas about (e.g. fish and shrimp "tacos" in jicama instead of tortillas).
Empanadas ($5 for two) were tasty and light. Ecuadorean-style cheese Arepas ($7) were similar to pupusas. The owner had to explain the Ecuadorean-style shrimp ceviche ($9): after you eat the shrimp, you throw in popcorn to sop up the abundant tomato-y broth. My favorite thing was tostado, sort of Ecuadorean Corn Nuts, made from a special variety of corn, sort of like the popcorn kernels that fail to pop but softer and with a good, sweet corn flavor.
Looking forward to going back soon to try more things, particularly the fritada (slow-braised pork that's then seared for a crisp brown crust) and llapingachos (Ecuadorean potato pancakes).
2368 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
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