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 Tacko – Marina

Tacko is both flavorful and reasonably priced (for the Marina). They’ve got your standard fare like Carne Asada tacos, quesadillas, an assortment of beers. Tacko really stands out for their California burritos in my opinion. Not sure what a Califrornia burrito is? Well, it means they add french fries to your burrito! It’s amazing, but the only downside is that you get very full, very quickly. Be sure to devour the behemoth with a healthy dousing of their freshly made green sauce (mostly cilantro and lime).

 

On this particular trip, I had some chips and salsa to share with friends. They were good, but the chips are always on the saltier side. Be sure to eat this order quickly, as it does get soggy.

 

I almost forgot to mention, the fish tacos are so good that by the time you finish, you’ll consider ordering two more. Just the right amount of cilantro, paired with guacamole, greens, and fresh fish to top it all off. The food is so good, you might not notice this restaurant is a little slice of Nantucket, Massachusetts. There’s a plethora of artwork and knick-knacks adorning the walls that give the location a very sea-worthy feel. Grab a Nantucket Nectar and hit up Tacko before the crowds arrive around 6PM!

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Bite

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Bite – Nob Hill

Tired of Ike’s Sandwiches? Okay, so maybe you aren’t (What kind of San Franciscan tires of Ike’s?). Maybe you’re too far from a noteworthy sandwich shop or maybe you just want to try something new. Bite may be a small storefront, but it packs a lot of amazing options.

Bite isn’t just a sandwich shop. It doubles as a deli. If ordering varieties of meat and cheeses by the pound is your thing, they’ve got a decent selection at this pint-sized deli. Bite is mainly known for their rotisserie chicken. They’ve usually got 6 of the birds rotating right next to the cash register. There’s a reason for this! The rotisserie chicken is easily their best meat. Not only can you buy a whole chicken for dinner, but you can also get it on your sandwich!

To date, I’ve tried the Day After Thanksgiving, Moshe Moshe, Firecracker, Gouda Good, Kookooroo, My Ex, Chickenapolis, and Porky’s Revenge. They’re all good. This place is definitely on par with Ikes, but the sandwiches with the rotisserie chicken standout from the crowd. If you only have one chance to visit Bite, I’d suggest you order the Kookooroo, My Ex, or Gouda Good. They’re my go-to sandwiches when I’m not trying to cross every sandwich on the menu off my list.

In addition to their deli, sandwiches, and drinks, Bite offers wraps and salads. I’ve only tried one salad, but it really wasn’t anything to write home about. Whatever you decide upon, there’s a good amount of seating right outside the front door. Bite will also give you plenty of napkins AND a free lollypop (They just can’t escape the comparisons to Ike’s!). Check them out if you’re ever around NobHill. Never stop eating!

 

 

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Patxi’s

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Patxi’s Chicago Pizza – Marina

Arrived starving.

Waited 40 excruciating minutes for a deep dish.

Ordered a few drinks, then appetizers.

And you know what? It was totally worth the wait!

 Patxi’s (pronounced ‘pah-cheese’) boasts four separate locations in SF alone (there’s another 8 more in Colorado). I had thought my co-worker was making a joke when he pronounced it : “Patchy’s”, but the waitress assured us, that’s how it’s pronounced!

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I’ve tried a lot of the appetizers here and a couple different pizzas. Of course the main attraction are the deep-dishes. They’re amazing, but require around 40 minutes to cook. If you’re starving beware of the wait. Though you can always order a few appetizers like we did! It should be noted that there are also thin-crust pizzas, which arrive considerably faster.

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We ordered a salad (not pictured), which was good, but wasn’t exciting. Though, if you want to blow your socks right off, I would suggest ordering the Artichoke Dip: two cheese, roasted red pepper, jalapeno, and plenty of miniature toasts for dipping. I’ve had it twice now and each time it really hit the spot.

Hats off for the Antipasti served here. I don’t usually splurge for cured meats, but it’s totally worth it.

Finally, the pizza arrives. We ordered the “Favorite”, which consists of Zoe’s pepperoni, fresh sliced mushrooms, and black olives to top it all off. My hunger had been curbed quite a bit by the appetizers, but that didn’t stop me from ravenously devouring every bite of this delicious pie.

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Pasta From My Past

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Ti Piacera  –  Nob Hill

This cocky restaurant is named Ti Piacera, an Italian phrase which literally means – You will like! I wanted to put this place to the test, but ultimately I decided to get something I knew I would enjoy. I ordered something simple, yet elegant: Fettuccine con salmone $18. I ended up loving it.

The simple dish was made with fresh ingredients. That’s what really made this plate of pasta stand out from the crowd. I haven’t tried any other dishes here yet, but I think they should rename the restaurant – Amerà (You will love).

 

brixtonThe Brixton  –  Marina

More pasta from my past, Alfredo spinach tagliatelle & a pint of lagunitas for $22. The Brixton isn’t known for their cheap deals, but my place of work is nearby. It was delicious, but slightly overpriced. Make sure to come go during happy hour M-F 11AM – 7PM. They serve a pretty tasty lunch. I enjoy the Avocado and Chicken Salad Sandwich $13.

 

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Little Star Pizza

                                                                 Little Star Pizza – Western Addition

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Located at 846 Divisadero St. is just one of their three locations. There’s one in NOPA, Mission, and lastly one in Albany across the bay. They serve up everything you’d expect a pizza joint to, from deep dish pizzas and thin crust pies to spicy chicken wings and even Caprese salads.

As the clock struck 2 P.M, I realized I was starved (as usual). So, my colleagues and I decided to grab a bite to eat. Everyone was very indifferent as to what and where we would eat. We made a last minute decision to come here and everyone was pretty happy that we did.

We walked into Little Star Pizza and were immediately seated. We decided to go all out by ordering the spicy chicken wings and a deep dish pizza complete with mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, and anchovies. What a combo! I had stated that I really didn’t mind whatever toppings my workmates wanted to throw on the pizza, but after I heard what was actually going on the pizza I was a little hesitant.

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image_3The wings came very quickly while we waited for our Smörgåsbord of a pizza. Earlier, it had been foretold that the wings were superb and thus we had to to try them. And they were cooked perfectly. The meat was practically falling off of each chicken bone, making it a cinch to pick them clean. The wings came with some baby carrots and blue cheese dressing. The blue cheese was the perfect match for the slightly spicy chicken and carrots. The wings really didn’t need it, but it was nice to have nonetheless.

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Just before we could even finish our wings, the pizza had arrived. It looked a little unconventional and tasted much the same. Not to say that unconventionality is necessarily a bad thing! Although I was initially hesitant about the anchovies, they were used sparingly and actually added a nice touch to the pie.

The crust was amazing and possibly my favorite part. It was crisped on the outside, but only to such a degree where the inside of the pizza was still insanely fluffy. This worked very well with the heaps of tomato sauce, pepperoni,and mushrooms.

Little Star Pizza is a classy establishment that knows how to fill their niche and do it well. How classy are they? Apart from the modern decor, they were even so classy as to charge a mere 25 cents for the use of their in-house ATM. I don’t know how often you get that price at your local ATM, but 25 cents is unheard in regards to most ATMs in San Francisco (they usually charge a dollar or even two). Overall, it was a great experience. You stay classy Little Star Pizza!

 

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El Rancho Grande

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El Rancho Grande – Lower Pacific Heights

Located at 855 Divisadero St., they’ve got everything you’d expect and a little more. What I mean by that is, they have free (with purchase of something else) grilled peppers to go with your food! I didn’t notice until the second time I visited El Rancho Grande, but I’m so glad I did.

I ordered a super burrito con carne. I may be a little stuck in my ways, but I can’t help but order super burritos. Maybe it’s because they’re always delicious and super filling for a great price. And just as predicted, El Rancho Grande delivered!

image_2 The super burrito con carne was awesome! It was larger than my head and only cost me ~ $8! I HAD to get some hot sauce to go with it, because super burritos are never spicy by default (but they really should be). In addition to the hot sauce, I added plenty of lime, which is a must.

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I was very pleased with El Rancho Grande. Quick service, cheap Mexican cuisine, and free grilled peppers. I almost thought I was in The Mission district for a second! Seriously though, what more can you ask for from a taqueria?

 

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Spice Kit

image_1Spice Kit – SoMa

Serves up Asian street food over at 405 Howard St. in the SOMA. They stick to a select few dishes like the Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and Ssam (Korean wrap). They have salads and three different sides to choose from, steamed pork buns, lotus chips, or ginger-peanut slaw. I didn’t order any sides during my visit to Spice Kit, but instead opted for a reliable Bahn mi to appease the hunger gods.

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It was your standard roasted pork bahn mi containing pickled carrots, daikon radish, cucumbers, jalapenos, the roasted pork, and cilantro, all inside a toasted baguette. When I got the sandwich, I noticed the cilantro was a little wilted. I’m sure it was a fluke, but I’ll have to go back just to be sure. Regardless, I more than happily scarfed it down. It was still a damn good sandwich for just 8 bucks. My coworkers enjoy going here, so I’ll probably have another experience with them in the future. If and when I do, I’ll be sure to update this post!

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GoodFella’s Pizzeria

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GoodFella’s Pizzeria – North Beach

This infamous pizza place is located on 377 Bay St. They’ve got an awesome menu, which includes a ton of options that you may not be used to. In addition to almost any pie imaginable, they’ve got Calzone, Stromboli, burgers, salads, and even hot dogs.

Tony’s and Golden Boys are some of the top pizza places in North Beach. Some people say Goodfella’s doesn’t hold a candle to either restaurants. They’re menu is a little more diverse, which might compromise quality. However, judging solely by the pizza, I’d say they stand toe to toe.

image_2My cousin and I ordered this pie to go from Goodfellas around 7PM on a Sunday evening. There were a handful of other customers waiting for pizzas, but we got ours in ~25 minutes. I’d say that’s pretty darn good turn-around. We ordered a pizza complete with black olives, pepperoni, and sausage. However, the sauce was the most notable part of the pizza. It was a sweet, yet salty combo that made you want yet another slice.

All in all, it was good pizza. But, I’m going to have to make a point to start ordering specialty pizzas from now on. Anyone can make a savory run-of-the-mill pizza pie, but specialty pizzas are a different breed. The pizza wasn’t anything to write home about, but I’d never turn down a slice from Goodfellas.

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Pazzia

image_1Pazzia – SoMa

Everything seemed very authentic – the menu was in both Italian and English and they had a wide array of Italian dishes from Gnocchi Pomodoro to Chicken Marsala. We were even served a bit of roasted bread and given some oil to tide us over before ordering.

I was feeling rather full from a few beers I had been drinking earlier, so I ended up splitting the pizza del giorno with my partner in crime. While the name of the “pizza of the day” eludes me – due in one part alcohol and one part to exhaustion – it was expertly made with fresh prosciutto, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. The crust was thin and crispy, even cracker-esque. It was a very fundamental pizza, but the simplicity forced you to concentrate on the quality individual components of the pizza – in this case, a very good thing.

The atmosphere was great. There were a lot of people laughing and having a good time. The lighting was dim, but not so dim that you couldn’t see what you were eating. The restaurant was pretty packed around 8PM on a Wednesday night, but we were served very promptly even without reservations. I would definitely come back here just to get try another one of their pizzas! I can’t vouch for any of the other dishes, but Pazzia knows pizza. Ciao image_2

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My buddy ended up turning 21 last night and he wanted to try out some sake bombs…

Sudachi has beer and sake for a mere $2 on Saturday nights, so it seemed like the perfect place to kick the night off. The restaurant was packed with a young crowd. I can’t say I was surprised, considering it was $2 sake night. Sudachi has specials every night of the week. Monday is All you can drink sake for $10. Tuesday is all you can drink draft beer and Saturday is $2 Sake bombs! 

I believe we came on the right night! There were two projectors and two televisions so that everyone had a line of sight to a screen at all times. This might seem distracting, but it really didn’t detract from the experience. Even though it was extremely busy and there were multiple TVs on, the noise wasn’t bad.

image_2 I wasn’t quite sure what type of sushi I was going to order. I wanted something that I don’t usually have when I go out to sushi. I was also trying to expose another friend of mine to different types of sushi. I ended up deciding on two rolls, the octopus and the sea urchin.

The rest of the gang ordered a myriad of sushi rolls, rice plates, and katsu. We received our food in a very random order. It worked out alright. However, my roommate got a plate of beef katsu just as everyone was finishing so he had to rush to finish it. The general consensus was that everyone enjoyed their food, which was the important part!

At last, my food arrived after 2 sake bombs. I was more than ready to chow down! I started off with the octopus tentacle. It was chewy and seemed fresh. Although I couldn’t tell you what old octopus tastes like; I have to say, it was the best Cephalopod I’ve had in some time.

Next came the sea urchin. To my knowledge, I have not tried sea urchin before this occasion, so I really had no idea what to expect. I thought it might be a little chewy like the octopus. Boy was I wrong! The sea urchin had the texture of…a melted marshmallow. It tasted a little salty and a little fishy. I didn’t mind the taste at all, but the texture was very strange. My friend that tried it with me said she liked it, but I couldn’t tell if she was lying or not! I’d be more than willing to try both rolls again, but I think I’ll start off with the sea urchin next time.

I’m really glad that we celebrated at Sudachi. It was the perfect venue. Great food, good company, and a great sushi bar atmosphere. If you don’t want to knock elbows with a bunch of “kids’, try going here on a day without any specials.

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El Gran Taco Loco

El Gran Taco Loco – Bernal Heights

Yesterday I attended the Red Bull Flugtag AND Journey to the End of the Night. In short, I was extremely tired and hungry!

I was a little lost in the mission area, but El Gran Taco Loco caught my eye like a beacon of heavenly goodness. It may have been the exhaustion or the fact that my eyes were used to spotting people in the night, but this place was lit up like the fourth of July.

In my stupor of fatigue, I ordered an asada super burrito con todo (beef burrito with everything). My friend had the same thing and was kind enough to spot me on the bill. Thanks again! We both received paper boats over-flowing with tortilla chips that had been kept warm under a heat lamp. We tested out three different kinds of El Gran Taco Loco’s salsas. They were all delicious and I decided to utilize them all, but they were a little too spicy for my friend. Then, right as we were nearly finished with our chip and salsa tasting – we were bestowed with burritos that were larger than our shriveled stomach. My stomach  must’ve been so small, that my eyes were literally larger than my stomach. In other words, neither of us were able to finish what we had started.

This wasn’t to say that the super burrito was lacking in any way, shape, or form. It hit the spot and was definitely super. It continued to keep hitting the spot until I was forced to throw in the white flag (or rather a white to go bag). I felt a little defeated, but knew that there was still hope if not for the battle, but for the war. I’m quite happy that I still have a good chunk of this baby in my fridge at the moment.

 

 

 

If you’re ever in the mission looking for a lat night snack, check out El Gran Taco Loco. Sure, there are plenty of places with awesome burritos in the mission, but this one is sure to hit the spot and then some!

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What’s Up Dog!

What’s Up Dog – SoMa

This hotdog joint has 5 separate locations in San Francisco. Recently, they’ve expanded their horizons with their latest establishment in Moscow! Instead of buying a plane ticket and a warm jacket, I had to settle for their location on Beale street.

They’ve got so many dogs, you won’t know which one to choose. Take a look at all those dogs on their menu! Most of their hot dogs are under $5 too! I couldn’t decide. It was pretty cold, so I decided on something spicy. I ended up ordering their Louisiana hotlink.

It might not look like much, but there was a lot of flavor packed in here! I’m not entirely sure what type of bread it was, but it was filling, fancy, and fresh! I admit I did go a little overboard with the toppings, but I have no regrets! I’ll definitely be back again for their signature dog or just to say, “What’s up?”

 

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Dos Equis – The Most Interesting Food Truck

Dos Equis‘ latest and greatest idea has arrived in the form of… Filipino food?? I got the heads up from a friend of mine that HapaSF had created the menu for this particular food truck. The Most Interesting Food Truck is making its rounds across San Francisco, offering free and interesting food to any old schmuck that’s willing to try their ‘interesting’ food. 

I was a little nervous about their menu. They had Duck Egg Itlog na Maalat, Chicken Feet Adidas Atchara and Pig’s Head Sisig. I decided to only get 2 items off their menu, the chicken foot, and the Pig’s Head Sisig. There were a couple of people waiting in line to order, but I certainly didn’t mind taking a couple of minutes to chat with the traditional Filipino dancers.

 

 

It was only few minutes before I was gifted with the Sisig and my lucky chicken’s foot. I wasn’t entirely sure how to tackle the chicken foot, so I asked one of the kind ladies who was working there.

She instructed me to start from the top of the foot and then to spit out all the little bits of bone. The first bite I took, I got a ton of tiny bones and very little meat. It was quite a bit of work to actually get at any of the meat. The small amount that I could get to was good though.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, nevertheless it took a little getting used to.  In addition to being one of the most difficult bites I’ve found thus far in San Francisco, there was a pigeon that kept following me around. He was obviously planning out some sort of revenge. He must’ve thought that I was gnawing on one of his brethren. All in all, it was good, but I don’t know when the next time I’ll eat a chicken’s foot might be. Also, not so surprisingly, it did in fact taste like chicken.

I didn’t get to try the duck egg, because it looked pretty mundane and I didn’t want to seem like a pig by taking all three dishes! Now if they had some Balut, I definitely would’ve tried it!

 

The Pig’s Head Sisig seemed like something you might find at a taqueria. It was served with rice and lime, which was a nice touch, but it made me want to wrap it in a burrito. I really enjoyed the Pig’s Head and I’m not even entirely sure which part of the head it was!

If the Dos Equis food truck is ever in your town, you should stop by for a minute or two. Even if The Most Interesting Man isn’t there, you’ll be sure to find some most interesting eats!

 

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Sushirrito

Sushiritto – SoMa & Financial District

has been a busy place ever since it opened. This is partly due to the restaurant’s small size and short open hours. However, it’s mostly, because of the great food! It’s so small that they’ve usually got a line winding outside of their small establishment onto the sidewalk. They’re only open Mon-Fri 11AM – 3PM! I’d usually rather go out for dinner rather than lunch, but Sushiritto gave me no choice.

I got to Sushiritto a little after noon. I had no idea what to get, so I decided I would simply order whatever the person in front of me was ordering.

It was a little hectic in there to say the least. I suppose it was everyone’s lunch hour at the time, but Sushirrito did a good job at keeping the line moving in a somewhat orderly fashion. When I was finally able to see their menu, I considered ordering the Salmon Samba. But, I decided to keep my word and just order whatever the guy in front of me was ordering.

The guy in front of me ended up ordering the Porkivore, which didn’t even seem to have any fish in it. I love me some good roasted pork, so I didn’t mind this fellow’s order. I got my food about 5 minutes after I had ordered and I took it outside since there really isn’t any in-house seating available. It was a beautiful day and the burrito itself was just as full of beauty.

The Porkivore was pretty damn greasy though. The tasty kind of greasy, probably some sort of oil, but I couldn’t put my finger on what type. The burrito could have benefited with a bit more cilantro, but then again..  I like an oddly large amount of cilantro on my foods.

Soon after I finished with my burrito, I was back at work and I told my coworkers of my experience. It appears that another one of my coworkers had been to Sushiritto and ended up ordering the chicken roll at one point (not pictured on the menu above). He said the chicken roll had also been pretty greasy…

I’m determined to go back and visit Sushiritto again. Judging by the way my last burrito went, it will certainly be delicious. But, I have to order another roll with fish in it to find out if it’s just as oily as the meat. I’ll update this post next time I visit!

 

UPDATE

I made it back to Sushirrito two days ago and was finally able to try out the Salmon Samba. It turns out that the Salmon Samba was indeed oily, but not nearly as oily as the Porkivore had been. Maybe the oil is to make sure that the roll isn’t dry, but I feel like it’s a tad unnecessary.

I definitely preferred the salmon to the pork roll. I would like to go back and try their other items on the menu. Sushirrito is probably not something you should be eating everyday, but for a quick lunch it’s a good bet and a delicious one at that. This is what makes the establishment so successful with the white collared crowd on their lunch breaks in SOMA. If you have’t already, go check out Sushirrito for yourself!

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Dinosaurs #2


Dinosaurs #2 – Sunset

I’m not 100% sure if the first Dinosaurs died out or if this is simply its offspring. This one is located on Ocean Avenue between 19th Ave and Junipero Serra Blvd.

My Vietnamese friend wanted to try this place out, because he had heard good things about the restaurant Dinosaurs. This place is really tiny and is housed in a
small shack. I was tempted to ask what the rent was on the place, but I figured they wouldn’t know.

I ordered the sandwich special of the day, which contained three different types of pork, carrots, jalapenos, cilantro, and a little onion.

It was only $5 and I have to say it was worth every penny. All the ingredients super-fresh and delectable. I was especially impressed with how fresh the bread was. It’s the staple of any sandwich, but it’s too often an afterthought.

Overall the food was great, the price awesome, and the service impeccable. I was offered water and Sriracha, twice at no extra charge. My buddy got the same sandwich and equally enjoyed it as much as I did. I will definitely be coming back here again for a cheap yet scrumptious sandwich.

 

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