Wouldn't that be great? Too bad there isn't one. There should be. I mentioned that to my fiance last night because she wanted to go down and get her favorite Relleno at Polvo's. I remembered the mentioning of Caribe, so we tried that. Some investigation resulted in me finding an old Chronicle article that had some good things to say. So we went, hoping that we'd discover a "Polvo's north."
There was a beer list, but no drink menu, and when I asked if they had margs, the waitress said that they had just made a "batch." I saw bottles of liquor (like you could order a drink), but I wasn't sure what you could order, so we just ordered the house. We had 2 margaritas ($3.75 each) that were okay liquorwise, but green and sweet from the sweet-n-sour (Polvo's has an excellent and rather white house frozen marg at $4.50, but a pitcher is $16 - I drink too much to afford top-shelf tequila all the time). So I backed that up with a $2.50 Negra Modeleo.
My snapper "Caribe" was absolutely horrible. The filet had a very dark bloodline through it and didn't taste totally fresh - more of a fishy flavor. The Caribe sauce was tomato-ey and topped with cheese, not having much flavor. The whole thing turned to a gloppy mess. It would have been passable except for the fish. I should have ordered the Caldo camarones. I would have, but I didn't see it on the back of the menu, so I didn't know that they had it until I saw someone else eating it. My side dishes were lime chile rice (tasted good, but no heat) and chile con queso (which were just tortilla chips with yellow cheese poured on top.
She ordered a chicken/cheese chile relleno and like it quite a bit. Not quite as good as Polvo's, but a good substitute. The waitress said that it would be another $1.50 for cheese, since they offered "shrimp" "chicken" "beef" and "cheese" rellenos only. However, we weren't charged for it.
So, I'll go back again for posole or the caldo and $2.50 Negro Modelos and she can have the relleno again. I haven't given up; I've heard too many good things about it and I may have just gotten a poor piece of fish. My dog disagrees, as she happily lapped it up this morning!