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May 11, 2011 08:57 PM

Criolla on Upper Market... S.F...shrimp and grits returns to the 'hood!

..and fried chicken, oysters broiled on the half shell, po' boys, ribs etc etc... they have no printed menus to take yet, and they are just getting into their rhythm...but the chicken was crunchy and juicy...the waffles were definitely NOT flaccid...y'all know how I hate flaccid waffles!!!.. with I think a choice of 4 kinds, plain, corn, yam and I forgot the other one.., the staff is friendly and attentive...and the place is already packing them in just on word of mouth since their soft opening a couple of days ago.. ice tea comes with simple syrup, lemon and mint, beautiful pecan pie and bread pudding...did I mention red beans and rice...they are open for dinner, with brunch, lunch, breakfast and late night all much better than Bagdad Cafe, which they have replaced.......I am looking forward to a return visit to try some of their other offerings...on the South side of Market, (2295 Market) cross St. 16th, great public transit to get there...

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    1. do they have oxtail on the menu?

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      1. re: hhc

        Isn't oxtail a Caribbean thing? Shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, ribs, and waffles all at one place... I'm already confused enough! That is a lot of south to cover...
        Anyway, it all sounds good :) (let's hope it is)

      2. Thanks for the early post. Chef Randy Lewis is talented and I'm glad that he's doing his own thing again. Grubstreet has Criolla Kitchen's initial menu:

        Criolla Kitchen
        2295 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

        1. what's amazing is that it took this long for Baghdad to cycle under. what a welcome idea for a replacement. I very much like the idea of a variety of waffle types.

          I remember going late at night (because it was open late) and later wondering "why?" and maybe 6 months later doing the same thing then thinking the same thing. idiot.

            1. re: mrs bacon

              Open for dinner nightly at 6 pm, walk-ins only, per Inside Scoop. Doesn't mention closing time.

              1. re: Frosty Melon

                i read 6-11 now, late nights coming, breakfast & lunch coming, booze license (not sure if beer/wine only or actual liquor) coming. byob for now.