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Misc. fare in the mission

BigLizard | Feb 18, 200212:52 AM

The plan was to hit the comic museum then walk over Hotel Utah to try the burger recommended by Zach a few days ago. We also hoped to get tickets to see "The Revenge of the woman dressed largely in black" at the Exit Theatre.

After the comic museum we were hungry but still reeling from a slightly too greasy breakfast so we didn't really think we could manage a burger. Mexican sounded good so we headed to the mission. I wanted to try the famous Panchito's #3 but I didn't know exactly where to find it. I thought it was on 24th for some reason. Papusaria Panchitas on 24th and Harrison looked reasonable and is probably what I remembered. Panchitas, Ponchitos what's the difference?

The chips were obviously right from the fryer and the salsa was good too. Cheyenne ordered a couple of cheese & loroco papusas and I went for yuca con chicharones. If you're thinking that all of this is a big mistake if our goal was to recover from a greasy breakfast, you're right. I wasn't thinking too clearly and thought that chicharones simply meant pork. I was expecting a pork chop or something. I was a little dismayed to see the little bit of meat amongst all that fat. What meat there was was too dry to eat. Oh well, I pushed it aside and started on the yuca. A little bland but the salsa and cole slaw helped a lot. Cheyenne's papupsas were pretty good. Not the best we've had but nothing to really complain about, except there was a lot more quesa than loroco... We ordered poorly for our mood so this might not be entirely fair, but we left wishing we'd stopped somewhere else.

The play was sold out and we decided that it wasn't worth trying to get last minute door tickets so went for a movie instead. We've been meaning to see "Gosford Park" and went back downtown to see it at the Metreon. The movie was great. If you like Altman, you'll love it. It's his best movie since "The Player." I need another viewing to straighten out some of the characters though.

A year or so ago we went to the 3300 Club (3300 Mission) to see a blue grass band that was really fun. It was a group of friends jamming more than a real concert. I read somewhere recently that this was still happening on Saturday nights and I wanted to stop in.

By this time I was hungry again so we had to stop for tacos on the way. There's a Taqueria Can-cun on the 3200 block of mission. I've seen Taqueria Can-cun mentioned on chowhound but I couldn't remember the verdict. Oh, well. There were lots of people inside even though it was pretty late which is a good sign. I ordered 2 taco's. One chicken, one lengua. Cheyenne had a Negro Modelo and most of my chips. The chicken was good, but the lengua was kind of bland. I like it better when it's stewed in a sauce rather than just boiled. The chips were obviously purchased in bulk rather than hand made, but the salsas made up for it. I especially liked the creamy green one.

As it turns out, the band was taking a week off... WWF on the TV instead. We ordered beers and bourbon. The place seemed to be out of bourbon or at least good bourbon so the bartender suggested Irish Whiskey. I guess I've never had Irish Whiskey but the "Power's" that he suggested turned out to be pretty good. Sweet like Canadian and smooth enough.

Skipping the Utah was a mistake. I'm still thinking of that burger.

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