There’s more to the Mission than burritos, and the choices can be overwhelming. For full-length restaurant reviews, check out our Mission restaurant reviews.
The Mission’s got pupusas, donuts, arepas, falafel, spring rolls, fried chicken and, of course, bacon-wrapped hotdogs.
Here are our latest suggestions:
Lydia: These days I’m thinking about trying new places, and consult Maria’s latest reviews. Of course, there are our neighborhood favorites, including Papalote for killer prawn tacos and Mission Pie for scrumptious stews and, if we’re feeling like a warm caldo, San Jalisco. And Tartine Bakery’s bread is an ongoing must. (Check out my occasional food column, Perfect or Not).
Andrea: Arizmendi. It’s a great bakery, so I always try to be careful of what I purchase, or it can be dangerous … My favorite part is dipping the crust in what’s left of my coffee. (Check out our video profile of this worker-owned bakery.)
Mark: The Spice Jar. Taken over from Local’s Corner. They make a mean spicy chicken miso ramen and the siu mai were to die for. The rest of the menu looks as good as these dishes tasted.
Laura Wenus: The friendliest people are at Atlas Cafe. If I’m having a horrible day, a latte at Atlas on the patio with a magazine will get me through it. Also, their bread is phenomenal. For date night, Cafe Ethiopia is my go-to, because who doesn’t love sharing a plate you can eat with your fingers? As far as group outings go, it’s all about Bender’s for booze and bar bites (and sometimes, really cool local pop-ups, too!).
Laura Waxmann: When pressed for time, the Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th and Mission streets is the perfect stop for lunch. My go-to on cold days are their homemade soups — vegetarians will be pleased to know that they can count on a meatless option.