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  • Rochelle McCune Aug 24, 2001 06:57 PM
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We have decided to forsake our house repair duties this weekend and go up to Sebastopol on Sunday. Any recommendations for brunch, lunch or dinner? We eat just about anything but favorable characteristics would be - outdoors, fresh, spicy, interesting, unique local dive, any type of ethnic food.

Also, the recommendation can be on the route from SF to Sebastopol.

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  1. Rochelle, on the Gravenstein Hwy south of Sebastopol is Pack Jack's Texas Barbecue. I know you're going to hate their sweet style of sauce, but if they've got any lamb ribs left, you owe it to yourself to get some. A unique Sonoma-Texas fusion thing. The chicken is also decent, as are the pies, but skip the other meats.

    Just a little east of Sebastopol, off Hwy 12 in the unincorporated area of Santa Rosa is where the taco trucks congregate. Most of these are more luxe than you might expect with lots of parking, picnic benches or patio furniture and tented canopies to stay out of the sun. I've linked below to my original post and some follow-up mentions. I'd love to hear what you think about the PAMBAZO. That truck leaves around 5-6pm on sundays, so be forewarned. If you can't find something on the trucks that appeals to you, my favorite pho place, Pho Vietnam, is in the shopping center with Home Base on Stony Point Rd, just south of Hwy 12 and very near where the trucks are.

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Rochelle McCune

      Thanks! I'll let you know where we end up. By the way, I owe you a report on tamales. I went to Los Jarritos. on a Tuesday. They said they don't sell tamales in bulk at Los Jarritos, but at the store they own, Mi Rancho Market at 1001 South Van Ness (one block from Los Jarritos). So I went to Mi Rancho, they were out of tamales. I went back to Los Jarritos and cried. This time the woman, Veronica, said she would go over to Mi Rancho and make me a dozen & I just needed to come back in 2-3 hours. She gave me her card and said that any time I want tamales, give her or Dolores a call. The number is 415-643-5959. She was very friendly and nice.

      Back to the tamales - they were pretty good. A little lighter than the Michocan's. The pork was good, nicely shreded. I will get Mi Rancho tamales in the future - they're nearby, open on weekends, good and now I can order them on the phone.

      The bad news is that these were definitely not the source for the tamales that I bought from the guy at the flower market that had the heavenly spicy tamales. Damn!! I've been back to the flower market a few times and haven't seen him.

      I will continue my tamale search but hope is beginning to dim. Maybe southwest style tamales just are not being made in the Bay Area.

      By the way, we recently went to Los Jarritos for brunch and really enjoyed it. I am a sucker for tomatillos and they have a lovely green sauce. Plus, this is a minor point but telling - both their horchata and tortillas were excellent, very flavorful.

      1. re: Rochelle McCune

        Excellent reporting from the tamale front, Rochelle! Today we're definitely hooked into some tamale wavelength. I bought some today for lunch.

        So, to make sure I understand correctly, one can call Veronica or Mi Rancho and order tamales for any day of the week? I want to be sure that I can get hot freshly-made ones.

        After last night's toney wine event, I had a craving for street food today and headed to the Mission. Just cruising the streets to see if I could find the apparition of the tamale lady again. But no luck. I remembered Brad's mention (link below) of Barrasa's on Mission near 24th. I walked around there and couldn't find anything with such a sign (which reading his post now says there's no sign). But I did spy a storefront with a group of ladies making tamales and stopped in to see what they were doing. They said they were working on the Salvadorean pork tamales and I liked the slight rosey hue of the masa balls waiting to be wrapped. They're sold next door - bought a pork and a Mexican corn tamale for a total of $2.72, that were steaming hot.

        I don't like many Central American style tamales, too soft and too bland. But I really liked this one. It had two big chunks of lean pork (could have used more fat), olive, potatoes and a strip of bell pepper. And a mild chile and meat stock flavor in the cornmeal. The sweet corn was ok, I had a bite of it in the car when it was still scalding hot and it was better at that point than when it was merely warm.

        The one sign I did see inside the store said Casa Felix. Later when I got to a computer and could look up Brad's comments, I discovered that this store's address, 2840 Mission St., was Barassa's and what I was trying to find!

        P.S. While you're out in West Sonoma County, do stop by Wild Flour Bakery in Freestone. You can search for my post from a couple weeks ago.

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Rochelle McCune

          I'll check out Barrasa's. Re Mi Rancho - When I went there, the guy behind the counter just said that they were out of pork tamales and that was it. Whereas, Veronica was willing to make me more. So what I would do in the future is call Mi Rancho and if I'm not getting the response I need, ask for Veronica or Dolores. She did indicate that they were open 7 days a week and would make tamales any day. They seem to be the ladies in charge & the ones willing to make customers happy.

          1. re: Rochelle McCune

            Good advice, thanks for taking on this mission, Rochelle!

            One more thing, do you remember the price?

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Rochelle McCune

              Ouch. I was hoping you wouldn't ask because I don't remember exactly. $18-20 a dozen is what I recall but I won't swear to it. I do remember it was more than the place in Oakland which is not open on weekends (then figured in time/travel/convenience and decided they were equivalent).