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Nov 11, 2006 07:38 PM

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor - Update

I returned again on Thursday for lunch to check out any changes from the last time I visited three weeks ago. Cesar is constantly adding to the menu and offering more specials every day.
The specials that day included Pork Ribs, Deviled Prawns (you are asked what spice level you want) and a superb Zucchini Squash Tamale with fresh Crab.
The best addition for me is that Maria from the original Roosevelt’s is back in the kitchen and making her great Pozole and Menudo. They are only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, however.
Cesar is a wonderful host and in chatting with him discovered that previous positions included the restaurants Farallon, Masa’s and the Carnelian Room.
It was also interesting to see the surrounding area on 24th street being upgraded with new shops and restaurants.
What a pleasure to see this venerable location being reincarnated into an authentic Cal/Mex restaurant serving mostly organic, clean tasting food.

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  1. Gee, that's neat to hear about a place I hadn't thought about in many years. Roosevelt's was one the first restaurants I frequented when I first lived in the Mission over 30 years ago. I don't remember much of the food but those were the days when food seemed a little more one dimensional and you went out for "mexican" or "italian" and knew pretty much what you were going to be offered. It's always been a neat neighborhood and I am happy to hear of its rennaisance hopefully not to be turning into the next Noe Valley.

    1. Thanks for the update. It sounds like they are finding their way, I'll have to check back in on them.

      "It was also interesting to see the surrounding area on 24th street being upgraded with new shops and restaurants." -- Not to mention the new "Heart of the Mission" luxury condo lofts between Roosevelts & Las Palmas!