HAUTE CUISINE: SAN FRANCISCO

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Nopalito

306 Broderick Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 437-0303

Ambiance

This cozy and relaxed restaurant has a large communal table and an enclosed patio. With vibrant colors and a wall of windows, you can’t help but get a friendly feeling.

What to order

The most popular dish is the Carnitas, although they have a strong following for the Pozole and seasonal tamales as well.

Who comes here

Regulars consist of local families, couples and groups celebrating special occasions. They also see some travelers in visiting the local museums in Golden Gate Park.

Sweet Tooth

With dessert so good, they only offer one. The Paletas (popsicles) come in a few flavors including dark chocolate-cinnamon as well as a couple seasonal fruit flavors. These are made in house with organic ingredients and are packaged with bright “Nopalito” stickers as the sealant.

Mamacita

2317 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 346-8494

Ambiance

Authentic and festive in atmosphere and cuisine, Mamacita is a family oriented and friendly spot for the freshest ingredients and festivities.

What to order

Our favorites are the ChilaquilesCasiListos –(tortilla chips tossed with chipotle cream, roasted chicken, toy box tomatoes and gypsy pepper “rajas”), and the Enchiladas Rojas Sencillas (slow-cooked chicken enchiladas baked with mole amarillo, house-made crema and queso).

Who comes here

Early in the evening you will find families. As the night goes on, expect dates and fun crowds with a mix of the occasional celebrity.

Sweet Tooth

The house-made churros are not to be missed as well as the chocolate budin.

Gracias Madre

2211 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 683-1346

Ambiance

Gracias Madre is a place for celebration, creating a lively, uplifting meeting place where everyone is welcome to come together and enjoy vibrant, sustainably harvested food, and one another.

What to order

You must try the simple yet tasty Nopales with prickly pear cactus from Riven Rock Farms grilled with garlic and fresh herbs, served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, cashewcrema and corn tortillas.

Who comes here

This restaurant serves organic Mexican cuisine to the health-conscious and haute. From families to foreigners, it’s always packed.

Sweet Tooth

Can’t finish a meal here without sampling the chocolate cake with cacao-cinnamon sauce and toasted coconut ice cream.

Colibri

438 Geary Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 440-2737

Ambiance

Spanish for hummingbird, Colibri is energetic and authentic. This warm and inviting eatery is reminiscent of Mexico City restaurants of the 1900’s, decorated with classic Spanish paintings and accentuated by an impressive collection of uniquely shaped and rare tequila bottles.

What to order

The menu boasts a variety of family recipes, utilizing innovative ingredients. A must-have is the Filete Mignon with anchochile stuffed with seasoned goat cheese, over mashed potatoes with sautéed spinach and chipotle chile sauce.

Who comes here

Anyone looking for a memorable and authentic dining experience frequents Colibri. Perfect for a first date, celebration or out-of-towner who wants a special meal.

Sweet Tooth

Save room to indulge in Colibri’s desserts such as Crepes with Cajeta (caramel) or their famous warm chocolate cake.

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