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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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Won Mi Korean BBQ

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Won Mi Korean BBQ – Japantown

Located right next to my previous post Holy Dog at 1545 Fillmore St. I haven’t been to Korean barbecue in quite some time, so I was looking forward to grabbing a bite here. They also have Kpop playing 24/7 apparently. If you like strange Korean pop music videos playing while you eat, this is definitely the place for you.

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The restaurant itself was very casual and clean. It was around 2 P.M. and there really wasn’t anyone in the place until we were finishing our meals. We were a party of four who decided to all order the exact same thing off the menu.

It wasn’t that we weren’t feeling adventurous, but the one person who had been there before recommended that we should get the Bi Bim Bab. This dish entails mixed vegetables with beef, rice, and a fried egg, all served on hot stoneware.

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The waitress who served us was both polite and helpful.  We were brought a mix of different vegetables right before our meals arrived. Pictured above is some kim chi, zucchini, sprouts, potatoes, some sort of fish, and as for the last small dish on the bottom left I have no idea what that was! Leave me a comment and let me know if you know what it is.

image_3At long last, the food arrived and we were all more than ready for it! It didn’t take long, but I think I speak for everyone involved when I say, we were starved! I threw a little bit of everything into my stone cookware and had at it. The waitress brought a bottle of hot sauce too add some kick to it. I love most spicy sauces, so I gave it a try. It was mildly spicy, but I thought it tasted a little off.

Overall the dish was good. It all tastes the same if you mix it up; try it before and after mixing. It seemed like the perfect food to get if you’re trying to sober up. It just so happens that  Won Mi is open until 4 A.M. so it’s the perfect spot to grab a bit in the wee hours of the morning with your buddies while everyone has a laugh at the Kpop videos.  I ended up paying around $14 for a large portion and I really couldn’t eat another bite after I had finished. The general consensus of the group was that it was a decent meal, but I feel like I could find somewhere better. Until next time!

 

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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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