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SF Chowdown Lunch Series - Maya (next door)

Curtis | Sep 2, 200406:08 PM

Thanks to Nick for throwing another wholly enjoyable little mid-day respite for the Chowhounds. Today's lunch was at Maya's little adjunct "Maya next door" which offers a wide variety of tacos, burritos, and other quick and tasty items to go or to enjoy, as we did, on their patio. With a noon concert playing in the background, six of us strategically ordered every type of taco trio on the menu. Nick also added a carne asada quesadilla and a cup of frijoles rancheros which was a tasty smoky soup, but not the side of frijoles that he'd expected. Several of us also ordered the agua fresca of the day, which was mango.

We ordered and shared the following tacos:

pork loin al pastor
fish adobado
carne asada frijoles negros
chicken mole
chicken tinga - in a chile de arbol with crema fresca
chicken in a pumpkin seed sauce

After carefully cutting them all in two, we tucked into our bounty. Predictably, the carne asada was the one that everyone sampled last as it was most mundane. The tortillas did not appear to be handmade, although several 'hounds had ordered them specifically. However, we were all generally pleased with the various sauces. In particular, we all seemed to enjoy the chicken tinga, which had a very nice balance of chile and crema fresca. I like the mole and found it to be nicely smokey with just the slightest hint of sweetness. The fish adobado was a good change of pace from the normal Baja style fish taco. Lastly, the chicken with the pumpkin seed sauce had an interesting and tasty flavor, somewhat reminiscent of a satay, but with a distinctly Mexican bent.

All of the tacos were around $5 for an order of three with some chips, certainly a fair price for good quality food. Having read and now heard some of the shortcomings of last week's visit to Mejita, I am glad that I missed that one, but was able to make today's lunch. As always, it was great to see everyone out and about, of course Ruth (and her husband Michael) and I were just over at Bacar last night for a flight n' bite, but that's a different story all together.

Hope to see you out at the next Chowdown, wherever it may be.

a sante,

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