Well, not sure they're *old* faves, but...
Rancho Grande on 24th, secret home to the cactus taco, seems to be no more. There were two RG's, one block from each other. One was only a produce mart, the other had some produce, a meat counter and a taco stand in the back. The produce one has closed altogether, and when I visited the taco one earlier this week, the set-up was different and there were no tacos to be found. Not sure if they shut down the kitchen temporarily or permanently, as the clerk spoke only Spanish and I do not.
I dropped by the Waffle Mania stand at the Civic Center market this morning. The charming truck is gone (apparently the motor burned out), so they're now set up with the waffle irons on the back of a pick-up. The waffle was as chewy, tangy and delicious as always. Didn't look like they had expanded the topping offerings past powdered sugar yet; I can't wait 'till they do.
At Alemany farmer's market a few weeks ago, I spied Mrs De Santis handing over a mystery bag to a lady with a head scarf. After a bit of inquiry, I determined that they had a secret stash of young grape leaves. Ask and you shall receive: I bought a bag full (for less than $3) and made some amazing dolmas at home.
My heart beats only for the gricia pizza at Pizzeria Delfina. Until I eat enough so that it stops beating altogether. Guanciale, spring onion, cream, blistered crust: sick, sick, sick. It is also the time of the famed bowl o' cherries, perfect on a warm afternoon. Go, eat, enjoy.
3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
El Rancho Grande de Barraza
3064 24th St, San Francisco, CA
Heart of the City Market
1182 Market St # 415, San Francisco, CA