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Pozole...at Whole Foods in SF

Mari May 27, 2010 09:41 AM

The last two weekends there's been pozole available in the take-out, soup area of the Whole Foods on 4th and Harrison. I tried it on a whim and the pozole is seriously good. It's a red pozole, not white, and it is quite spicy. The hominy is perfect and has a purple hue. The only odd thing, or I guess Whole Food-ish thing, is that it is made with chunks of chicken as a opposed to pork. The condiments for pozole are missing though, so there's no oregano, raw onion, lettuce, limes or tostadas to accompany the dish. For $3.99 the small portion is worth a try if you are in the neighborhood and want pozole.

My only other non-homemadel pozole experience was the white pozole at the Alemany Farmer's Market stand (name escapes me) a year ago and it was bland and boring.

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    toothforaneye May 29, 2010 07:37 AM

    This is a seriously rad trend --

    When I moved out of the Mission a couple years ago, none of the restaurants ever served pozole...only usually menudo and usually only on weekends...

    Now I visit 24th street and 80% of its mexican joints are serving pozole daily!!!

    Seriously, just get some pork, hominy, cilantro and hot sauce and throw em in a crock pot.

    Add fresh onions & lime juice and you're good to go!

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    1. re: toothforaneye
      wolfe May 29, 2010 08:01 AM

      With a mother from Jalisco I've had my share of good pozole.
      Mari May 27, 2010 01:39PM

      I kinda, sorta think Mari knew how to do it.

      1. re: wolfe
        toothforaneye May 31, 2010 01:12 AM

        Yeah, I was just kinda illustrating that pozole is basically the Mexican version of spaghetti & meatballs, or uh, macaroni & cheese? Not that I'm not happy about its spike in popularity...but it all depends on the price being charged for it...

        There's a restaurant right off Market Street (Farmer Brown) that charges $18 for a bowl of SHRIMP & GRITS!!! That's straight up robbery in my opinion...

    2. operagirl May 27, 2010 11:26 PM

      In case you're looking for more SF pozole spots, I very much enjoyed the pozole at Chilango in the Castro. It comes in a big, generous bowl, and is brothy and spicy.


      235 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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        turtl_girl May 27, 2010 10:47 PM

        puerto alegre is my go-to spot for comfort food-style pozole. it includes lots of pork, different cuts, and is really flavorful. and it's particularly delicious after a martini or two at blondie's next door.

        Puerto Alegre Restaurant
        546 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. BernalKC May 27, 2010 01:20 PM

          I sampled the chicken pozole at the Potrero Hill branch last week. Definitely tasty with a bit of a kick. For me the consistency was not soupy enough -- but I suspect that is a function of how long it has been sitting, heated, in the serving pot. Agreed that it would be even better if the condiments were available.

          I have not had the Napolito pozole, but I can heartily recommend the chicken pozole at Green Chili Kitchen. My other favorite (red, pork) pozole is the one that occasionally shows up as a daily special at Tacqueria Cancun in Berkeley. They definitely get the condiments just right -- two crispy corn tostada chips, oregano, lime, diced onion... perfect.

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          1. re: BernalKC
            Mari May 27, 2010 01:48 PM

            Interesting that it's available at various Whole Foods. I agree that it could have had more broth. Nevertheless, it was still good for $3.99.

            1. re: Mari
              grayelf May 27, 2010 04:40 PM

              El Delfin? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6928...

              El Delfin
              3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. rworange May 27, 2010 10:13 AM

            Chicken pozole is also common. There's even a canned version, though it looks more like the verde than rojo version.

            I guess anyone interested could do a separate stop at the salad bar to pick up most of the fixings. Does WF sell bulk oregano in the spice dept?

            Hope you get to try a really good version some day.Pozole is one of my favorite Mexican soups. You sound SF-based so don't know a good source there. Nopalito has it on the menu, but I haven't tried it there.

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            1. re: rworange
              Mari May 27, 2010 01:39 PM

              With a mother from Jalisco I've had my share of good pozole.

              1. re: Mari
                rworange May 27, 2010 03:16 PM

                Ah, completely skipped over the 'non homemade' in your OP and thought the Alemany pozole was the first you ever tried.

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