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San Rafael - The Loop (Bellan/Kerner) – Brazil Marin, West Brooklyn Pizza, pupusas, markets, delis, etc ???

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San Rafael - The Loop (Bellan/Kerner) – Brazil Marin, West Brooklyn Pizza, pupusas, markets, delis, etc ???

rworange | Dec 29, 2006 12:37 AM

I got lost in San Rafael today. The food gods were warning me. The joint I was hell-bent on eating at was horrid. I have a feeling I would have done better in this area.

So, tell me if there are some finds in this area.

I did stop by Brazil Marin which is actually a good Brazilian market. They have a nice selection of groceries, Brazilian cheeses/cold cuts, frozen meats/sausages, frozen cheese bread (two types), and a nice selection of those little bottled peppers.

They even had Hellman’s mayonnaise ... by way of Brazil. I was tempted, but it seemed a little looser than regular mayo ... maybe next time. They have a nice selection of Brazilian coffee and I picked up some that I haven’t tried before. Things look fresh here and not dusty. No prepared food.

Near the loop on Anderson there is West Brooklyn Pizza. There are a few positive one-line mentions on Chowhound and generally favorable reviews on the web. It seems like this place is owned by a Brazilian too. They have Sicilian pizza from what I read and the regular sausage pizza is supposed to be good . I have to be in San Rafael again tomorrow and am thinking of stopping by. Any recs?

I really was pressed for time, but I stopped by Los Palmares on Kerner because it had a certain promising look to it and a truck from a meat market catering to South Americans was in the lot. Pretty straight-forward Mexican menu. They mention pupusas. Other interesting stuff was the prawns rancheros (tomato, pepper, onion, white wine, butter), prawns El Palmar (crème white wine, peppers, butter ... the menu says “special good taste”). Taco/torta fillings include: chili Colorado, al pastor, carnitas, lengua, chorizo, cabeza, chile verde, chicken, asada, birria, pollo asada,k & tripa. Anyone tried this place?

How about some of the other joints in this area?

- Michael’s Sourdough
- Tom & Daves Specialty coffees
- Foodles Café
- Yo Shan’s sushi bar & Mandarin Cuisine
- Playa Azul Mariscos
- Picante
- Bellan Produce & Fresh Meat
- More For Less (looks like a Mexican Market)
- Oscar’s Taco & Deli
- California Bakery & Restaurant (Chinese I assume from the Chinese/Korean writing on the sign ... they advertise $4 lunch specials)
- Smokey’s Deli
- Ping’s Mandarin (well ... close by ... off of Anderson)

I finally found my way out, I’m sure that there has to be more in this area. Anything good?

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