Agua Fresca @ Sutter Cafe (SF)
Monday I stopped at Sutter Cafe, tucked into the elevator lobby of the Sutter entrance to the Sutter-Stockton garage, to get a beverage. The menu board listed aguas frescas --- cantaloupe, lime or watermelon --- so I ordered one even though there were none to be seen anywhere. The Chinese lady who took my order then went into the back, and soon I could hear chopping and a blender whirring. The quality was limited by the winter watermelons available now, but it was as good as possible at this time of year, made to order and with just a small touch of sugar. At $2 for about 8 ounces, it hit the spot.
The cafe proudly displays the rec from "7x7" for the chicken tamales. The mag's piece explains that the Cantonese proprietress used to live in Mexico City and learned to make tamales there. It's clear she picked up something about aguas frescas too.
7x7 Best of 2007
330 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
Sutter Cafe is in the lobby area of the Sutter/Stockton Garage, next to the elevators. It was dark and closed, but I saw the Asian lady and she opened the door for me. I asked what days and hours the shop was open & I said I was from Fremont and I guess she felt sorry for me and asked if I wanted a chicken tamale.
Of course I did. So she heated me up one. It's smaller than a regular size tamale and cost $2.25. I thought it was ok. The dough is kinda thick, but I liked that it had olive, chicken, and peppers.
I also asked for an Agua Fresca $2. They have cantaloupe, lime, watermelon. I picked watermelon. It was nice, not too sweet.
My total was $4.25. I paid in Cash and ate my tamale outside by the closed ticket counter.
Hrs: M-F 9am-5:30pm, Sat 11am-5:30pm
We had the tamales last Monday as a snack and found them to be excellent, with nice firm uncrumbly masa and a slight gravy to the stuffing that added to the overall experience. Beat the pants off the really sad "organic" tamale we tried the next day at the small FP farmers' market. I can't believe I spaced on getting an agua while we were there, though. Next time...