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Legit tortas + even more boba in the Inner Richmond [SF]


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Legit tortas + even more boba in the Inner Richmond [SF]

pane | May 14, 2013 01:50 PM

Le Ciudad de Mexico, 200 6th Ave (x California)
This place really fills a gap in the land of steam tables + stir-fries. My two favorite torta places in SF were Tortas Los Picudos (for sloppy, half-for-later hangover revivers) and Torta Gorda (for perfectly sized lunch in a retro soda shop atmosphere). At the new torta shop in the Inner Richmond, my sandwich was as good as both of those, and resembled Gorda in style. I got my favorite, egg + chorizo, available in small or large. Small is Gorda sized. They also have breakfast burritos; I have the tocino breakfast burrito in my sightline.

Fifty Fifty, 3157 Geary (x Spruce)
One of two new boba cafes along Geary. Ritual Beans, Devil's Teeth baked goods, a smattering of tables + chairs for laptop zombies, and boba. This isn't a full-service bubble tea place, so choices are limited to five milk teas: matcha, jasmine, chai, honey-coconut + salted caramel. I prefer my tea unsweet, so didn't go for the last two and chose jasmine. Tea tasted much higher quality than a typical boba place (wasn't clear about the tea brand). Tapioca was an extra $0.25; unevenly chewy texture. Real milk from Clover, I think she used skim, so flowery quality of the jasmine was featured and not weighed down by either a front-and-center creamer/powdered dairy or sugar. It was perfectly unsweet without any prompting.

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