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Prubechu – Guam in the House!

Prubechu opened four years ago to only a modicum of fanfare. While the cuisine itself caused a stir — there are no other restaurants serving food from Guam in San Francisco, and very few in the nation — the place itself is so low-key that, even on this well-trafficked corridor, it is easy to miss. Guam, a small U.S. territory,...
Rite Spot exterior

Rite Spot Café — The Bar that dreams are made of

Who knew the Rite Spot had been around for 60 years? Everyone but me, that’s who. I’m horribly ashamed that I’d never been inside this corner dive bar that I’d always wondered about, until now. I had no idea that in its murky depths there were also white table-clothed tables, an eclectic, ever-changing wine selection, local art on the walls,...

Vegan Gracias Madre survives well — thank you, Mother!

“Gracias Madre” means, essentially, “Thank you, Mother Earth.” The food here is strictly plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic and Mexican. Gracias Madre is highly touted by vegetarians and vegans alike, and always packed. I’d always steered clear of it because a) the BF is a confirmed carnivore; and b) my experience with eating at straight-vegan places has not always been...

Lotus SF — Classic North Indian Fare

Lotus SF has barely been open six weeks, but its look so intrigued me, I had to check it out. It sits like a pink palace from another land on Mission Street, smack-dab between Mission Ink and a federal credit union, replete with plaster elephants, dusty-rose walls and gold accents, clouds on the ceiling, and ornate and colorful prints and...

Picaro and Esperpento, two long-lived tapas restaurants, one family

Picaro and Esperpento have been in the Mission a very long time — 35 and 25 years, respectively. I used to go a lot in the mid-’90s, with different groups of friends and family (even before I moved here from L.A.), but at some point or other, I stopped. I think I may have had a time or two where...

Fried chicken sandwich showdown visits Buttermilk

Julian, 20-something, and Mark, 70-something, will be hunting for the Mission’s best fried chicken sandwich. If you have suggestions, write a comment — or, if you prefer, send an e-mail to Julian at julian.mark@missionlocal.com. “It’s hot tonight and half the neighborhood is drunk. the other half is dead. if I have any advice about writing poetry, it’s — don’t. I’m...

Las Palmeras — Come for the Sopa, Stay for the Pupusas

I’ve been walking by Las Palmeras for years — 13, to be exact. But they’ve been around for 30 — since 1988! It is an old school, Salvadoran-family-owned restaurant and, on any given day, you can walk by the big picture windows and see people slurping up bowls of their renowned sopa de res (beef soup). The décor is casual...

Hawker Fare — Isaan Thai Street Food on Valencia

Hawker Fare is Chef James Syhabout’s San Francisco outpost of his now-shuttered Oakland restaurant. I’d been to the Oakland place, as well as to his upscale, tweezer-food restaurant — Commis — in Piedmont. His restaurants could not be more different. While Commis presents refined, restrained, gorgeous (and outstandingly delicious) food, Hawker Fare’s dishes are like an exotic cousin, with sultry...

Foxsister, Korean in the Mission!

We’ve had a smattering of Korean joints here and there in the Mission, but really not much to speak of.  The BF and I are huge Korean BBQ fans, and we usually have to go to Oakland to get that scratch itched. So we were super excited to hear that a new, at-least-Korean-ish place would be opening so near us....

Gallardo’s: Classic Mexican

Gallardo’s was new to me, but certainly not to the Mission. They’d been around for 17 years at their old address on Folsom, and four years now at their new space on 18th Street and Shotwell. The current restaurant still looks new — all bright and bold in primary reds and yellows, framing the black-and-white photographs of glamorous Mexican stars...

Alma Cocina – more Peruvian in the Mission!

We are such a lucky neighborhood.  We have so many options for places to eat, at every price point and with such a variety of cuisines. Especially Peruvian! Almost everyone knows a Peruano, if you’ve lived in the Mission long enough, and I hope almost everyone has had Peruvian food.  Our newest addition to the Pantheon is Alma Cocina, which...

Spice Jar: Asian Fusion in the Mission

Housed in a little shoebox on the corner of Bryant and 23rd, I had no idea Spice Jar had been here for over two years. The spot is cozy, with a shared table in the middle and counter seating along the windows, inside and out. The décor is a bright, modern take on street food-charming, with Café du Monde coffee...

Rincon Nayarit — seafood from Mexico’s western coastline in SF’s Mission!

A “marisquería” is a restaurant specializing in seafood — fish, shellfish, crustaceans — and Rincon Nayarit does that but also from a specific region — the seafood of Nayarit, a state in Mexico on the western coastline, south of Mazatlán. We didn’t really have a true marisqueria in the Mission, until now. Rincon Nayarit is definitely a family affair —...

Review: Souvla — Opa!

Souvla opened its third San Francisco storefront in the Mission (the other two are in Hayes Valley and NoPa) just this year. It’s part of the newish wave of “fine-casual” restaurants opening throughout the city — also known as upscale fast food — with spare décor, clean lines, self-serve water, order at the counter, grab a number, then hope to...

Tuba Restaurant & Grill – Turkish Flair in the Mission

Tuba opened in 2010, and it’s become a mainstay neighborhood favorite.  I tried it shortly after it opened with some out-of-town friends.  I really wasn’t all that wowed by it at the time.  I wanted to be, because there’s a dearth of Turkish food in the Mission, but some of the flavors were just muddled to me.  Enter the BF,...