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Restaurants & Bars

SF's venerable La Rondalla

Fine | Jan 24, 200506:51 AM     5

Reading Windy's comments on Colibri made me think about our annual trek to La Rondalla for my BH's birthday pig-out (pun intended): BOTH menudo and posole ("it's my birthday") for celebrant, both enjoyable, but the posole much improved when we requested chopped onions, lemon, etc. (I can't understand why she hadn't brought them automatically.)

The big news (and there was lots at a place that seemed never to change, decade in and decade out): It's cut back its hours from 3 till 2 weekends and midnight weekdays and perhaps even earlier Sundays; for the first time, the chips not only didn't taste of lard but also seemed commercial and thin rather than the thick, truly tortilla-like ones of yore; the tortillas themselves seemed less satisfying than we remembered; but, mirabile dictu, there's now a vegetarian item--a very cheap, very tasty bean burrito, garnished with mild guacamole and more. The server didn't even charge me for the jalapenos I requested.

Don't remember prices--they've risen a bit, but by most measures are still extremely reasonable.(Over four decades, I've found the quality of both the food and the cooking varied between very satisfying and a little off, but it remains dear to our hearts,if not too good for them!).

When we left, toward midnight on a Saturday, I don't believe there was an empty seat in the joint and the mariachis were going strong.

Valencia/20th; full bar but drinks must be paid for in cash when received

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