Help: Returning SF guy iso divey Misson Food
I need recommendations for divey places to eat at in the Mission.
When I lived in the Mission about 6 years ago my regular rotation was: Pakwan, Burger Joint, Taqueria Cancun, Jay's Cheesesteak and the bagel place on 16th between Guerrero and Valencia.
I'm returning to SF and will be in the Mission this weekend. Are there new divey places that I should go to? I've heard of a Frite place? Where are good burritos these days? Is Pakwan any good still?
2164 Mission btw 17~18th Streets
San Francisco, CA 94101
16th Street, east of Valencia - for pupusas
Big Mouth Burger - $6.40 for the basic burger + fries or coleslaw
24th Street & Valencia
Bacon Dog Cart - on a corner on 16th St. in the Mission on the weekends after 9 pm or at 22nd St. and Mission... or near Little Baobab. You'll have to walk the 'hood.
Irma's Pampanga Restaurant
2901 16th Street at South Van Ness Avenue
Kadok's House of Mami and Siopao)
(Mission and Onondaga
Tortas Los Picudos
2969 24th Street @ Harrison
Good, not divey:
Valencia Pizza and Pasta (best value for weekend breakfasts)
801 Valencia at 19th St.
Mariposa Cafeteria (for the Roast Pork on Rice & Cabbage)
1599 Tennesee at 26th Street off Third Street
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sat. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Yamo is pretty divey. Hole in the wall with like five seats at the counter. Cheapest Burmese food in town. Friendly. (Used to be Thai, didn't bother to change the name.)
There are two or three divey Yucatecan places on the west side of Mission between 16th and 18th. I prefer Popol Vuh on 16th near South Van Ness, not quite as divey but not much more expensive.
Frjtz is about as divey as Bar Tartine. An order of fries and a draft Hoegaarden makes a nice snack.
The Frites place, Frjtz Gourmet Belgian Fries, is far from what I would call a dive. It's located at 590 Valencia at 17th Street. They have good salads. I've never been a fan of the crepes or fries.
Here's a link to their fairly useless Web site: http://www.frjtzfries.com/
If you want crepes you can get way better ones at Ti Couz at 3108 16th Street, near Valencia. This is also not a dive.
re: Lori SF
i had a torta milanesa (beef) from la torta gorda yesterday, and i would second this recommendation. avocado, refried beans, lettuce, red onions, and pickled jalapenos on a thin fried beef cutlet with good bread. the regular was the size of my face, so it's a two meal sandwhich for me.