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Chilaquiles at Pastores: Go, go, go!

pane | Jan 1, 2008 12:22 PM

I'd read several reports, including this one from susancinsf (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/47381...) recommending the chilaquiles served for breakfast at Pastores. A couple of days I've tried to go and found the restaurant closed, but today I was in luck. The food was great, and the service was entirely delightful.

I asked my server if any juices or agua frescas were available; she said they had agua frescas on the menu, but not ready that early in the morning. The chef saw my look of total defeat, which I can summon only after a night of too many Cold Duck toasts (and really, isn't one Cold Duck toast too many?), and said "We have a pineapple. Would you drink a pineapple juice?"

Sweet relief. They juiced the pineapple and brought me both the glass along with the extra juice in a pitcher (in total, it was about 3.5 glasses of juice).

Chilaquiles come two ways: either with steak or eggs. I ordered the egg version, and it was ready in a few minutes. The crisp, shredded tortillas were coated in piquant salsa verde and drizzled with a bit of sour cream. Two perfectly fried sunny-side-up eggs were placed on top. Alongside were a pile of warm rice and brown beans flavored with onions.

It promised to be the best hangover food ever, and it was. The only other version I've had is from Primavera at the Ferry market, which I thought was good, but this was better--I thought the sunny side up egg worked better than Primavera's scrambled eggs, though I did like the avocado served with Primavera's plate. When I return to Pastores with a heartier appetite, I'd want to try the carne asada version.

After I paid and left, I ran into the chef on Mission Street, where she was picking up supplies at the market next door. She stopped to ask me how breakfast was, wish me a happy new year, and hug me. I have never been there before and am a total stranger, but the great food, warm service and obvious pride the chef/owner takes in this little business will certainly bring me back.

Pastores Restaurant
3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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