On Saturday I popped in here to grab a drink. My hopes were dashed when the English-speaking proprietor informed me that atol de nuez and atol de elote were both sold out. My consolation prize was the champurrado. This was decent enough, not too sweet, but could have used a little more chocolate.
This is a tamaleria and features a huge list of tamales, including "Estilo Guatemala", $2.81, and "Chuchita", $2.14. A variety of masa styles are offered by the pound for make-your-own. i noticed some good-looking handmade tortillas next to the register and a sack of still warm gorditas. Pupusas are available, as well as tacos and burritos. The oother possibly guatemalan dish might be the pollo frito.
The only other mention of La Espiga I could find was when it came in second in the Tamales by the Bay event last year. The award is displayed proudly over the counter. I asked the proprietor where his family was from. He said Jalisco and Guadalajara, however, some of their employees are from Central America and prepare the foods of their homelands.
What have 'hounds tried here?
La Espiga de Oro Tamaleria
2916 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110