Today the ever-changing cast of chowhounds who joined “kare raisu” for an all-day chowdown touring San Francisco’s Yucatan eateries. I’ll post the list of things we tried and ask the participants to add their comments. Here’s the itinerary -
11:30am - Comida Yucatan y City Pizza (Turk St @ Leavenworth)
12:55pm - Mi Lindo Yucatan (Valencia and 15th), www.lindoyucatan.com
2:30pm - Yucatasia (Mission & 18th) & El Maya Yucatan (Mission & 16th)
4:30-6pm - Happy hour at Tommy's Mexican (Geary @ 24th) http://www.tommystequila.com/
7pm – Dinner party and finale at Chichén Itzá, (16th @ So Van Ness)
Part 1 – Progressive Lunch:
For me, the most pleasant surprise of the day was Comida Yucatan y City Pizza in the Tenderloin. The owner is Pakistani and the sweet woman who does the cooking hails from a small town near Merida. Four of us tried Thursday’s special, entomatado accompanied by handmade-to-order tortillas, and pureed black beans, $8; panucho de cochinita pibil; and a trio of tamales: colado, $2.25, torteado, $2, and orneado, $2. A very spicy-hot green salsa made from serrano and habanero chiles and a mild red tomato sauce were provided as accompaniments.
At Mi Lindo Yucatan’s Valencia Street location, lunch for eight included the large antojito platter, escabeche de pavo, cochinita pibil, poc chuc, relleno negro de pavo, sopa de dia, and puerco adobado.
Then three of us staggered over to Yucatasia where we were joined by one new recruit. And, despite the photos of Vietnamese sandwiches still posted near the entrance, the menu here is now strictly Yucatec. Here we had a panucho de pollo pibil, $1.50, papazul, $7.50, and salbute de cochinita pibil, $1.50.
Our last lunch stop was El Maya Yucatan where we gamely tasted a panucho de cochinita pibil, $2, and queso flan Napolitano, $2.
Part 2 – Happy Hour:
After a Christmas shopping break, “kare raisu” and I met at the bar at Tommy’s Mexican for margaritas. He picked Frida Kahlo reposado, and me, Chinaco reposado. And despite feeling too full to eat another bite, the tortilla chips are quite good here and we liked both the salsas, especially the roasted tomato one.
The Yucatan part of this stop was a couple shots of anise-flavored Xtabentun licor.
Part 3 – Dinner:
To wrap up the day, we headed back to the Mission for dinner at Chichen Itza. Eight of us sampled
Platillo Chichen Itza, $10 – panucho, salbute, empanada, tostada, and kotzito
Pato a la naranja, $18
Poc chuc, $14
Estofado de borrego, $16
Tamales colados, 3 for $9.75
Escabeche de pavo
Roasted bananas with caramel, strawberry puree and ice cream
Bread budim with ice cream
We brought out own wines: 2005 Aveleda “Charamba” Douro Vinho Tinto, 1999 Husch “Apple Hill” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and 1995 Turley “Hayne Vineyard” Napa Valley Petite Syrah.
El Maya Yucatan
2022 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Mi Lindo Yucatan
401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
2164 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant
5929 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Comida Yucatan y City Pizza
294 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103