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Jun 27, 2009 09:52 PM

ISO Best Menudo in San Francisco

We recently discovered the wonders of menudo on a road trip. We are now looking for the tasty hangover treat in San Francisco. Please let us know of your favorite joint to get an authentic, delicious bowl of this comforting soup!


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  1. Chava's use to be the place to get menudo but I haven't been in a long, long time. Given it's not a high dollar item, not that much of a risk...unless someone states it not good now.

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

    1. Gallardo's does a good version:

      There's a Mexican place at 24th and Mission whose name I forget, but they serve something called a Mondongo that's a Menudo with vegetables instead of hominy in a tomato-y base:

      There's another place in 24th, but darn me and my bad memory with names. It's west of Bryant, on the southeast corner, and it's really just a tiny market but they sell a few different soups and some tacos. Really great.

      Olivo's on Larkin just south of Sutter also does the version I like best when I don't want to head down to the Mission.

      It's hard to say which of these I like best. They're all slightly different, but what they share is a thick flavorful broth and plenty of offal. My husband is a complete menudo fanatic, and he's happy to eat it at any of these places.

      Remember that a lot of places only serve Menudo on the weekends, so you'll have to ask. I know La Cumbre on Valencia does menudo on weekends, and I believe so does El Toro.