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Oct 21, 2010 10:14 PM

Rocky's Frybread (Authentic Navajo Frybread), SF

From SFWeekly they mentioned Rocky's Frybread - set up in front of Fabric8. He's from a reservation in Shiprock, NM. Vegan, organic dough, fried, then honey & powdered sugar on top - you can ask for it without honey to be vegan.

He might have Hatch Valley green chiles and Navajo tacos

To find him:
On the streets of the Mission: Amnesia & Fabric8
Monday nights in front of El Rio 9pm
No set prices for his food - He accepts donations

Anyone try it yet?

El Rio
3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

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  1. I had it a few weeks ago in front of Fabric8. It is quite delicious, though I've never had other Navajo fry bread to compare it to. He had fry bread tacos with beans and cheese, lettuce and salsa, and the sweet ones. I ordered one of each and he insisted that I come back when ready for the dessert fry bread after the savory one so that I could eat it optimally hot. That's my kind of guy. He was also just a really nice person, and told me about learning how to make his fry bread from his grandma.

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    1. re: celeste

      We tried these last night at El Rio, where Rocky's out on the wonderful patio.

      Big thumbs up for the savory. (The sweet is good too, but less of a meal.) They're just like the ones we had in Arizona, and fried to order. $2 well drinks from the bar Mondays.

      Suggested donation is $3 for sweet, $5 for savory.

      El Rio
      3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

    2. This sounds very interesting, and who can resist fried dough? What hours is Rocky at the stand, please?

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      1. Has some one called CarrieWas218 yet?

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        1. re: wolfe

          So.... although I like the occasional frybread, it is NOT a traditional Native Food. It came about when the federal government brought flour, lard and sugar to Native people as a part of a commodity support program. That is the only way a single food could possible become ubiquitous from Native Alaskan communities to the Seminole in Florida, from the Navajo in Arizona to the Passamaquody of Maine. There was an interesting story about frybread on NPR a few years ago:

          A couple of board here discuss more authentic Native foods:

          All of that said.... As a rare treat, an Indian Taco (frybread topped with red chili beef, beans, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese) is to die for.

        2. came across:
          FRY BREAD
          Native American Comfort Food

          at the emeryville farmers market, thurs, 12-5?. fry bread (3) with toppings (4) they have a different menu/entress every week but the fry bread is constant. different fillings available ala taco.

          fry bread tasted like a toasted naan. not bad, but $3 is rich. very nice people here.

          1. In the Intermountain west where I grew up these were called scones, and there were diners that served these massive mounds of crispy fatty dough. Sometimes my parents would serve it for dinner - yep with honey butter. Dinner of champions!

            Haven't tried this version but are they the size of a plate like they were back home? Maybe I will have to send some of my friends that grew up where I did and can still eat these to try them out.

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            1. re: jsaimd

              funny, I had a "scone" while driving through Utah or Colorado. Yes, in a diner! Yummy.