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pastores on mission + chez maman

cedichou | May 22, 200508:36 PM     3

susaninsf (should I say *susaninsf*?) mentioned that pastores opened on mission across the street from zante. Was in bernal this am, so I stopped for lunch. Place has been open 3 weeks. It is a funky layout: a long and wide hallway leads into a bright peach colored dining room.

It is very homey food, and it is made from scratch. I had a torta cubana $4.95 for a roll filled with ham, milanesa (breaded and fried steak), some hot dog, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayo and pickles. My lunch companion has a grilled chicken salad ($4.95). A chicken breast grilled with some iceberg lettuce, avocado, tomato and croutons. It is a non froufrou place (the dressing comes in its store-purchased bottle for the salad), but no-non-sense either.

They will start to serve burritos soon (not that we needed one, but the information was volunteered to us), caving in to the peer pressure in the neighborhood.

The people there were absolutely wonderful: bringing some fresh guac with some chips while we were waiting. We originally intended to take it to go, but since we felt quite welcome, we ended up staying. We also were given some ice cream (almond) scoop as a complimentary dessert. Very lovely. Oh, and the horchata ($1.75) was quite good, and the lady even wanted to refill it.

A tale of two hills: Chez Maman seems to be moving (or adding a location?) into the (much larger) palatino space. Palatino is closing at the end of the month.

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