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Bigfiddle Sep 15, 2006 06:31 AM

Update: After new owners re-opened the restaurant several months ago I went back for lunch today to see how it has settled in.
They have added a daily special, soup and desserts since we were there. Everything is house made, well prepared, not greasy and delicious.
The tamales are amazing..only remembering tamales from the original restaurant which were not special, we decided to order them today. The pork and beef tamales were both outstanding, made with organic stone ground corn, tender chunks of meat and a perfect red mole sauce. They are served with a fresh chopped cabbage salad.
I also ordered the chicken soup which was also very different from typical Mission restaurants. The first thing I noticed was there were no bones to deal with but a clean, clear broth with shredded chicken, carrot, zucchini and red bell pepper slices with a piece of tender cabbage. It is served with lime, chopped onion and celantro on the side with house made tortillas. The chips are served warm with a nice salsa.
The special today was boneless chicken with tomatillo cream sauce served with rice and pinto or black beans. There are many vegetarian choices as well.
We were very happy with the new restaurant, the food and manager Cesar Morales' gracious manner and pride in the food served.
If anyone is interested in experiencing delicious Cal/Mex food beautifully prepared, then I can recommend RTP.

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    ML8000 RE: Bigfiddle Sep 15, 2006 07:01 AM

    Whoa I haven't been or thought about Rossevelt Tamale Parlor for a long time. Thanks for the review and glad to hear it's been improved.

    How are the prices? I recall back in the day it was pretty inexpensive.

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      Bigfiddle RE: ML8000 Sep 15, 2006 08:05 PM

      A little more than the Mission Taquerias, but the quality of food and service is so much better. Apps, small plates, combinations, tamales & enchiladas $4.95 - $9.95. Large plates with specialties like fajitas, skirt steak and beef tenders are up to $13.95

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      Beans RE: Bigfiddle Sep 15, 2006 09:07 PM

      http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...

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        larochelle RE: Beans Sep 15, 2006 09:55 PM

        Is this really the new owner's menu?

        When I was there a month or so ago, the menu was no more than a few items only a couple of Specialities and there were NO combo plates.

      2. larochelle RE: Bigfiddle Sep 15, 2006 09:58 PM

        Here's another recent thread....

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

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          Robert Lauriston RE: larochelle Sep 15, 2006 10:05 PM

          That thread is from when the place first reopened and then went quickly downhill. Sounds like they got their act together.

        2. Atomica RE: Bigfiddle Sep 15, 2006 10:48 PM

          I really want to know why the woman from Primavera left the fold so quickly.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Atomica Sep 15, 2006 10:51 PM

            Reportedly she was only hired as a consultant.

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              Atomica RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 16, 2006 05:49 PM

              The newspaper reported that she had severed ties or some such thing, so it sounded to me as though she had left for some unfortunate reason.

          2. moto RE: Bigfiddle Sep 16, 2006 08:12 AM

            hello, we just had a very good lunch there; the chicken soup was excellent, almost like one might get in a good Jewish deli, but with a clearer, less schmaltzy broth, perfect if someone needed good plain food to recuperate and plenty for lunch in itself for 7.50. Complimentary chips were very fresh, very crisp, light, and grease-free.The specials included a pollo w. tomatillo-lime sauce and tacos de chicharron con salsa verde, which is what I had, along with a tamale de pollo con mole oaxaqueno. The tacos were decent, the meat very dense and firm w/o toughness or gristle, but outshone by the tamale and soup. I saw a combo with two tamales, rice and beans, and that was a lot of food, the tamales being large, well packed with filling, and plump.
            Nice patch of shops on that stretch of 24th (the parlor is nearly next door to the venerable St. Francis fountain and began one year later),within two blocks a good panaderia/cafe selling a near-endless assortment of pastries,cookies,pan dulces and so on, La Victoria, and the mexi-deli La Palma that has the fresh potato chips loved by J.Leff. They're going for 4.50/lb sold in small bags of 3-4 oz., but the shop does most of its trade in essentials needed by hard-cookin' latina homemakers, one in front of me with a big bag ea. of fresh masa and soft cheese. Will try the tortilla chips next time. salud

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              Bigfiddle RE: Bigfiddle Mar 8, 2007 02:54 PM

              I went back for lunch yesterday to enjoy the best Pozole in the City and see what changes Cesar has made to the menu. He has added Brunch on Saturday and Sunday with the usual Mexican themed egg dishes but with house-made Chorizo and a clever "Divorced Eggs" dish with one served in a green tomatillo sauce and one in a red ranchero sauce. Recent very good published reviews in the Chronicle and Tour San Francisco plus the new wine and beer license are proof of the contiinued successful efforts that Cesar is putting into the business.

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                larochelle RE: Bigfiddle Mar 8, 2007 04:26 PM

                Ha, I used to love that classic dish. I would order huevos divorciados all the time when I was single. Now that I'm married, I get green, my husband gets red and we swap halfway.

                What were the eggs separated by beans or chilaquiles?

                Do you know what time they open? Puerto Allegre which is my current favorite Mission Brunch doesn't open until 11am. I've always got my eye out for places that open early.

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                  Bigfiddle RE: larochelle Mar 8, 2007 04:45 PM

                  They are open at 9:00am for Brunch on Saturday and Sunday and serve it all day in addition to the regular menu. You can have beans or chilaquiles and another good option is for one tamale.

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                BGQuilter RE: Bigfiddle Apr 15, 2007 04:24 PM

                I've been an SF resident for 31 years and Roosevelts has been awful every time I've given it a "second chance." There are much better Mexican restaurants in the Mission, La Corneta for one.

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                  bernalgirl RE: BGQuilter Apr 15, 2007 08:22 PM

                  I haven't tried it since the ownership changed, but for those of us who remember the old joint (and it was a joint, and the food was poor), it's worth keeping in mind that the new owner seems to have a very different approach to food, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Organic corn masa at the old RTP? Never woulda happened.

                  Thanks for the update reports from March, I really do mean to get over there. Driving by, I get the impression it's a fine place to bring young children (who aren't permitted to wreck havoc)... true?

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