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"Authentic" inexpensive homestyle Mexican?

OliverB Mar 23, 2014 09:03 AM

East Coast friends are visiting on a budget and want "real" homestyle Mexican; ie. not fancy Cal-Mexican-fusion. Strongly prefer SF proper, unless there's somewhere absolutely destination worthy in the East Bay.

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  1. Civil Bear RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 12:54 PM

    Poc Chuc for Mayan. The stews in particular are very homey. Best homemade tortillas in town.


    1. Robert Lauriston RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 01:13 PM

      Taqueria San Jose on Mission near 24th for tacos al pastor and tacos de chorizo.

      Chava's used to be my go-to for caldo. Maybe there's a better place.

      Second on Poc-Chuc for Yucatecan.

      Nopalito, Mamacita, Nido (Oakland), Comal (Berkeley), El Molino Central (Sonoma), and Mateo's (Healdsburg) aren't fusion. They just use better ingredients, perhaps cook more carefully, and have better drinks. Nido's food tastes to me like I'm in Guadalajara.

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        OliverB RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 23, 2014 02:30 PM

        Thanks Robert and CB,

        What do you usually get at Poc-Chuc? I've been a couple of times and apart from their tacos, I've never had anything really enjoyable.

        I thought Nopalito was more gringo SF Cal-Mexican, no?

        Is Nido worth trekking to Oakland for in your opinion?

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          Civil Bear RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 06:14 PM

          The relleno blanco is one of my favorite dishes anywhere. Homey and earthy. It's the kind of soulful dish that I deliberately do not order very often just to make sure I never get tired of it.

          1. re: Civil Bear
            OliverB RE: Civil Bear Mar 23, 2014 06:30 PM

            Thanks, I'll give it another shot and try that out next time!

          2. re: OliverB
            Robert Lauriston RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 06:31 PM

            At Poc-Chuc, my favorites have been the panuchos, empanadas, chilmole, relleno blanco, pollo pibil, and mondongo.

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              sugartoof RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 09:12 PM

              Nopalito isn't really Cal-Mexican despite the California focused ingredients, but it's also not the first place that came to mind for what you're after unless they want Tortas or a mole, specifically.

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            hyperbowler RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 02:04 PM

            What homestyle dishes are they looking for?

            A lot of Mexican places serve birria and menudo only on weekends. I'd recommend Gallardos for that.

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              vulber RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 07:20 PM

              gallardo's or san jalisco. note that the word is out about both of them and now attract long brunch lines on weekends. gallardo's also has a new location.

              reaction restaurant for mexico city street food. vallarta for tacos.

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                jayporter RE: OliverB Mar 23, 2014 09:28 PM

                Of that kind of restaurant, Taqueria Campos in Oakland is the one I've most enjoyed in (Alta) California. Foothill near 37th.


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