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A few Sundays ago I wandered into San Vicente Restaurante intending to order the weekend special, Sopa de Chipilin con Costilla de Puerco y Vegetales. But alas, the kitchen did not make any that day. Since every table in the place had a soup order, I stuck with that side of the menu and tried Sopa de Gallina Asada a la Parrilla (Hen soup and grilled hen), $12.50.
But first, the Baleada regular to start. This Honduran snack was new to me.
Based on a thick and chewy freshly griddled flour tortilla, the inside was coated with wonderfully lard-y beans, a dollop of rich crema agria, and a dusting of finely grated dry cheese similar to queso añejo. Rather simple, a dunk into the house salsa served with the basket of chips perked it up. Still, that fresh tortilla with the scent of the plancha was a marvel.
The Sopa de gallina asada a la parrilla made for a big platter of eats. A large bowl of chicken soup was accompanied by a grilled chicken leg, yellow rice, salad, and a couple thick handmade corn tortillas. The soup was rich with chickeny-ness and a natural sweetness from the dice of carrots, tomato, greens and onions. The rice was barely tepid and studded with bell pepper, and good for dumping into the soup. The chicken leg was fall-off-the-bone tender with almost papery, crisp skin. Very plain, a little hot sauce brought it to life.
I liked this sopa very much and would be interested in exploring more from the variety of Honduran and Salvadoran soups on the menu. On the way out, I noticed what looked like fresh fruit cocktail being served to another table and asked my waitress what it was. She offered me a taste This turned out to be called ensalada and included diced apples and fresh pineapple in their natural juice.
The restaurant has been open about two months. The owners had another restaurant of the same name a few blocks away that they closed and sold a few years ago. They also owned San Vicente in Daly City.
San Vicente Restaurante
4423 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA
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