Yesterday my wife and I had lunch at the Green Chile Kitchen at McAllister and Baker. (We lived in Santa Fe for 5 years and have been back every year since 1996....we love our chile!!)
We started out with their salsa and chips...we were given small cups of four different salsa...all of them packing plenty of flavor and heat. The blue corn chips were also very goods.
I then had a cup of chicken posole with red chile and lime. Very good.
My wife had the chiles rellenos christmas (christmas = with red and green chile sauce ladled on top). She liked everything, but thought the red chile was not quite the real thing. The secret to making proper New Mexican red chile sauce is to use Chimayo chile powder. No other red chile powder will do. Chimayo red chile powder has a richer and unique flavor distinct from the usual Mexican chile powders. Their hot green chile sauce is the real deal! All in all, 4 stars.
I had the homestyle chicken enchiladas christmas. It was flavorful and very well prepared with authentic NM flavors. It was a tad light on the chile sauce, but that did not detract from the meal at all. the accompanying beans and rice were also very good. I'll give it a 4+.
We were both delighted to finally find a restaurant in the SF Bay Area that does a credible job of serving up genuine New Mexican cuisine. We are also very pleased that they use a lot of organic and high quality ingredients such as Fulton Valley chicken, and Niman ranch beef and pork.
We look forward to going back for dinner so we can have the sopapillas with honey, and then pop on down to Chile Pies & Ice Cream for dessert.
Green Chile Kitchen
1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117