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Best chile verde?

Anybody had a great chile verde in the Bay Area?

This is a tangy pork (usually shoulder) stew with tomatillos and green chiles. Best I've had was at Cueva's in Dixon, which I heard went out of business.

Apparently some places fill tacos with grilled pork and green salsa and call it chile verde, that's not what I'm looking for. New Mexican green chile stew's also a different dish (usually no tomatillos).

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  1. No, I haven't. IIRC, Magnani now has some in their little Mexican self-serve bar.

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    1. re: lmnopm

      Yeah, this could be good. I really liked their tamales. I'm finding that the best things at Magnani are not necessarily the chickens.

      Pepito's in Richmond makes a good version I'm told from someone who is a fan of chile verde.

      1. re: rworange

        Change of ownership alert at Magnini's.
        See Scoop Sf Chron Jan 23.

        1. re: wolfe

          Yeah, I knew about that from a long ago report on Yelp. Interesting about the scoop article. A customer was asking about changes last week and the guy at the counter said there wouldn't be any other than the owner.

          I hope they don't get rid of the good things there.

    2. As I mentioned in another thread where this question came up, I've had it at Los Jarritos on South Van Ness, but didn't think it was anything really special there.


      Someone mentioned Chavas;might be worth trying there (I haven't had it


      901 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: susancinsf

        I does seem like the kind of dish Chava's might do well. They're generally good at braised and stewed dishes.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I've had it a few times at Chavas and have always enjoyed it.

          1. re: vinchar

            just dropping in a place link:

            Chava's Mexican Restaurant
            2839 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2. Otaez 3872 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601 (510) 536-0909 has great Chili Verde most of the time. Every now and again they seem to run out of the slow cooked pork that they usually use and sub in some chopped up sauteed pork chop but rarely. They have great handmade corn tortillas.

          1. Gordo's does a good job all things considered. It's one of the few things I'll order there since being in a steam table can't hurt it but actually helps.

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            1. re: ML8000

              Agreed- I think it's the one thing they do well.

              1. re: ML8000

                Which Gordo? SF, Berkeley, Albany or Oakland

                1. re: wolfe

                  Hmmm. . .I was thinking of Berkeley, but not sure that I've had it at other locations. BTW, where is the one in Oakland?

                  1. re: Hunicsz

                    El Gordo's is a truck on East 14th. BTW I still call the airport Idlewild.

                    1. re: Hunicsz

                      From what I've tasted all of the Gordo's are close and consistent. Use to live in the Richmond and went to Geary and Clement St for a long time and both were inter-changable.

                      Also been to the ones at 9th/Irving and on College (Berkeley) and everything tasted the same.

                      Given it's a braise/stew and same recipe, it has a better chance of tasting the same...at least it should.

                      1. re: ML8000

                        It's a small local chain but nothing chain about it.

                        Gordo Taqueria
                        2989 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

                        Gordo Taqueria
                        1239 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

                        Gordo Taqueria
                        2252 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                        Gordo Taqueria
                        5450 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

                        Gordo Taqueria
                        1423 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

                2. Not at a restaurant but every now and then I'll pick up a quart of Chile Verde to go from La Palma Mexicatessen. The pork can be quite fatty, but a little trimming takes care of that.

                  1. I'm from Albuq and Las Cruces and the best is in San Francisco Green Chile Kitchen...try www.greenchilekitchen.com. They use NM hatch chile - it's on fulton and baker. Great chile verde...and their chicken is good too!

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                    1. re: jable5

                      Green Chile Kitchen doesn't have chile verde on the menu. I thought their green chile stew was pretty good but no tomatillos, totally different dish.

                      So far as I know they're the currently the only New Mexican place in the area.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        I'm pretty sure I've seen it there--the burrito fillings are rotisserie chicken, steak, or pork, per the menu. I think the pork is chile verde or chile colorado, maybe not always both at the same time. Since this is mere steps from my house I wish I could tell you more, but it didn't leave an impression on me--just like most of the other chile verde I've had in San Francisco.

                        Any thoughts on La Cornetta? I have a vague memory that I liked it there, but I'd hate to send anybody on a wild goose chase.

                        1. re: SteveG

                          No, they only have red or green pork chile made with New Mexican peppers and not tomatillos.

                          I'd be extrememly surprised for them to confuse customers by adding chile colorado or verde.

                          Having made every recipe (or it seems that way) for New Mexican chile this year, I have a better understanding of what Green Chile Kitchen is making. I keep meaning to get back there to see how my New Mexican chile stacks up against theirs. It is just a totatlly different dish.

                          1. re: rworange

                            When you say "New Mexican chile", are you talking about a green chile stew... the kind made with green chiles and potatoes?

                    2. I believe I saw chile verde on the menu at Talavera (on Solano @ Peralta in Albany) last night. Tomatillos were in the ingredients list.