Green Chile Kitchen, (415)618-0997
601 Baker St.
San Francisco, CA
(Western Addition/NOPA district)
This low-key neighborhood joint has a good menu of healthy southwestern'ish dishes and reasonable prices. Lucky for us, it's also a short walk from home.
The interior is casual, with a dozen or so tables, a rack of chile powders and suchlike to take home, and a counter at which you order. Their take-out has a nice twist - they'll run your order out to your car when you pull up, a handy feature in an area with little street parking!
We had a small bowl of their signature green chile chicken stew ($3.95/cup), which was a light, but rather flavorful soup with a pleasant and pronounced green chile flavor. Although the broth is thin, a dollop of sour cream added substance, and it's flavorful anyhow. Chunks of slightly too-dry chicken, potatoes, tomatoes and corn gave it texture. All told, very tasty - just the thing for a chilly day (which this was not, but anyways...).
Sarah had a 1/4 rotisserie chicken ($6.95) and liked it very much - juicy and flavorful, although her side potatoes were undercooked. My Fulton Valley chicken burrito ($5.95) was tasty and comforting, and the side salsa had a good roasty flavor to it. It was not what I had ordered, however (I'd asked for the Niman Ranch beef burrito), but not a big enough deal for me to fuss about, as I like both meats fine. The blue corn tortilla chips were above average quality - thick and crunchy, with a nice saltiness to them.
Cheap hootch is another plus - their beers are $2.95 by the bottle, and they had several wines, some organic, both by the glass ($4.50 or $5.75) and the bottle ($12.95 or $17.95). The food isn't fancy, but then again food doesn't always have to be. We were pleased to find an inexpensive and healthy restaurant near us, and definitely plan on returning.