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Sit Down Mexican in Mission

My husband and I were driving in Mission and saw a new (to us) upscale-looking Mexican restaurant along the way. Possibly on 14th ish? Anyone know it? Been there? Any other ideas for sit-down Mexican?

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  1. Yes, El Delfin on 24th and Folsom. Lots of posts on the board about it.

    1. My guess is you saw Regalito Rosticeria, at 3481 18th St. (www.regalitosf.com).

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      1. re: Calvinist

        If Regalito is the place the OP is asking about its NOT good.

      2. I recommend Los Jarritos on Folsom and I think 19th.

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        1. re: celeste

          Corner of Van Ness & 20th. I don't think the food is anything special. It's not awful, but it is bland and of the splat-on-a-plate variety (extremely runny beans, copious amounts of bad Monterey Jack). I like their hot chocolate, though, and the interior decoration is very cheerful. Service is very spotty (sloooooooow).

          I'll take non-table-service Taqueria San Jose anytime over Los Jarritos. Doesn't Chava (2839 Mission @ 24th) have table service in one section of their restaurant? I haven't eaten there yet.

          1. re: Atomica

            I think the mole enchiladas are good and flavorful. Anyhow, this is my pick for a sit-down Mexican experience in San Francisco, which is limited at best in terms of selection. I usually go for burritos/tacos myself which is another topic.

        2. Los Jarritos is a favorite of mine too, and you can buy an affordable bouquet of flowers from the woman outside as you head home.

          1. Bar none. The best Mexican food sit-downs are at El Torro (17th & Valencia Streets) and Pancho Villa (on 16th between Mission and Valencia Streets). They grill their veggies,seafood and meat to perfection and everything is made fresh. The restaurants are owned by the same owner, including another one in the Castro area, Zapata (18th between Collingsworth and Castro Streets).

            I have been a dedicated patron for more than 20 years and they are consistent with their food. They also give you a variety of salsas for free. Order their combination dinners and you won't regret it. Absolutely fantastic food.

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            1. re: Gudeater

              Really? I haven't been for years but all the above have a sterility to the food that is very unappealoing to me plus they seem more like taquerias than restaurants to me. I'll have to try them again. My memory is they aren't bad but I think I prefer lustier fare.

              Is there fabulous upscale Mexican anywhere in San Francisco?

              1. re: Earl Grey

                Pancho Villa Taqueria is a taqueria but they also make a few other things.

                I'll post about upscale Mexican restaurants in another topic since none of the places are in the Mission.

              2. re: Gudeater

                I agree with Earl Grey. El Torro and Pancho villa are just burrito, taco joints. I assumed that "sit down" meant nice, table service restaurants.

              3. unfortunately I've found there are more good sit-down mexican restaurants in towns like Modesto than there are in San Francisco. It's hard to understand. Without a doubt, San Francisco has plenty of great taquerias, but when it comes to the whole dinner plates/waitstaff/menus thing, it's pretty weak around here.
                I went to Tommy's on Geary the other night. It was really overpriced and nothing to shout about.

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                1. re: tacos

                  I didn't think anyone went to Tommy's for the food - it's all about the margaritas! The Yucatan options are a bit better than the rest of the menu, but the quality is really spotty (black beans burned or painfully salty, etc.).

                  1. re: alis

                    I had the Pollo Pibil at Tommy's on Saturday and have to say that even their Yucatecan specialties are not much better. It was my first time there and the food was indeed pretty bad....but not the margaritas!

                    1. re: Mari

                      That's a bummer as that used to be a safe and relatively satisfying area of the menu.

                2. for sit down Mexican, El Delfin on 24th and Pastores on Mission near Cortland are your best bets. Both homey rather than upscale, inexpensive, friendly, authentic, and good.

                  I've never been impressed by the food at Los Jarritos (was just there) and find Chava's similarly disappointing.

                  Better options in both Oakland and Redwood City.

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                  1. re: Windy

                    thanks. I'd been wondering about El Delfin.
                    and that's true about oakland. There are lots of good taco spots in fruitvale.

                    1. re: tacos

                      I was very happy both times I went to El Delfin. A cut above the usual Mission Mexican fare

                  2. Los Jarritos is good for breakfast--their huevos rancheros are among my favorites, as is a dish called huevos con amor (basically scrambled eggs with tomatoes, potatoes, chilis, and green onions). I also like their chili rellenos and mole, as well as the seafood cocktails.

                    I had chicken mole at Regalito also. Not amazing, but fine for lunch. I also had something called cesar cole slaw which I did not like at all--basically mayo and cabbage and anchovies

                    Another sit down mexican place (but not upscale) is puerto allegre. Again, decent, but not great.

                    My favorite sit down place for latin food in the mission is panchita's 3--it is salvadorean, not mexican, but they have enchiladas, guacamole, chicken mole, steak, etc, in addition to pupusas. Always good, and not too expensive.

                    1. hello, we had a very good lunch at the Roosevelt Tamale Parlour. Pleasant surroundings (neighborhood cafe ambience in 80 yr. old building), freshly prepared food, moderate prices.

                      1. I'm a frequent visitor to San Francisco. I am always looking for good mexican food. You'd think it's easy to find being so close to Mexico and all but it's not. Something strange happens to it when it crosses the border. Even in L.A. where I am closest to. But true, good mexican food is pure and simple. For that, you'll want to try Los Pastores. I found this restaurant on one of my visits there earlier this year - have gone back a few times and have not been disappointed once. I think you'll like it. Though I don't think it's on 14th - it's closer to Cortland/30th?

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                        1. re: tiamarty

                          Yup, Pastores is on Mission near Cortland. They are wonderfully friendly and their carne asada plates and house-made salsas are very good. Haven't yet tried them for breakfast although I recall positive reports.

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                          1. re: bernalgirl

                            I think Irma will make the whole menu at any time of day. (Don't miss the chilaquiles!)

                        2. Try Gallardos at 14th and Folsom. They have excellent birria, pozole, menudo, sopes, gorditas and chile verde. All items not usually found at taquerias. The walls are covered with black and white pix of Mexican movie stars from the 40's and 50's and great fun to look at. Although a casual place on weekends you may find families in there Sunday best celebrating something or another. For upscale Maya is the way to go. Colibri is good but I found that Maya is an overall better experience.