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Feb 3, 2008 09:15 AM

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

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          1. 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 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