San Francisco: The Mission
At the risk of banging the same drum (I've talked
about this place before), I urge you to try Fina
Estampa, my favorite restaurant in SF and the best
Peruvian food I've ever had. It's at 2374 Mission St.
(there is a second branch but I haven't been there)
between 19th and 20th.
I urge at least one of you to try the parihuela, the
seafood souop. It's usually got clams, mussels,
shrimp, squid, rockfish, dried chilis, and a subtle
tomato broth. They have a humble steak/peppers/onion/
potato dish that is peasant food at it's best. The
ceviche is a winner -- fresh and bracing. The service
is usually great -- I'd trust their recommendations.
Phone is 824-4437. Be sure and call beforehand if you
are thinking of lunch. They have a weird schedule and
are closed on some weekdays.