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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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3 Quick Bites

Alright first off,

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I wanted to go somewhere and watch the second game of the world series. I went to Lisa’s Mexican restaurant with some buddies of mine.
The burrito was pretty good and super cheap to boot! Everyone was in a great mood due to the Giant’s success. I would definitely come back here again if I could get there more easily.

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Secondly, I went to the King of Thai over on Sloat. I can’t recall the name of the dish, but it had sliced asparagus, extra wide noodles, and strips of beef. They’ve also got some tasty curry (pumpkin curry to be precise), which I had sampled off my buddy’s plate.image_4

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The third place I went to was probably the best out of all three!

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I went to WoodHouse Fish Company right off the Church Muni station. It seemed pretty packed around 1 PM on a Tuesday afternoon. I must say, they have some damn good Fish and Chips here. Not the best in SF, but it’s not just your average catch of…yesterday.

I had half of a crab salad, which wasn’t bad at all (considering I’m not the biggest fan of crustaceans). To be honest, it was quite fresh, which made all the difference. My boss had the clam chowder and a side of bread, all of which she thoroughly enjoyed. The waitress was very upbeat and accommodating. There aren’t many downsides to this restaurant. If you’re a fan of seafood, go check it out!

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Cafe Museo

Cafe Museo is a fairly small cafe over on 151 3rd Street. It’s connected to the SFMOMA, so people will usually stop by the cafe after their long walks through the museum exhibits. Their website makes such boastful statements as, “We specialize in edible art created with the finest local ingredients”. image_2 (1)

Now I know the MOMA is a very refined place, with many quality pieces of artwork housed inside, but when I traveled to the cafe with a friend, we found something entirely different.

We arrived with almost literal black holes in our stomachs (I had only eaten a blueberry muffin from Costco earlier that morning). So, we walk inside and glance over the menu, trying to decide which fancy plate might fancy our taste buds. My friend decided on the sweet corn gnocchi, while I myself was feeling more like the roasted chicken Panino.

I made both the orders and I was surprised to find, right after I ordered my $11 plate it was ready to go… This made me wonder where my sandwich had been sitting moments before it magically apparated in front of me. It was warm, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t sitting under a heat lamp, or had not just been nuked in a microwave. Contrary to the website’s claims, my food did not look the least bit like art.

Funny enough, single guy chef, a fellow blogger, came to the same sentiment in his his critical review of the cafe, “The space is a nice environment with the jazz music flowing, but the food, while decent, doesn’t match the same sophistication as the art on the walls.”
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However, maybe I’m being too hard on the Panino. It wasn’t that bad, just not nearly $11 good. Many other people both on yelp and other restaurant review websites say that the prices are quite ridiculous for what you get. For example here’s one reviewer’s take,  “If I didn’t have to pay $20 for a turkey burger for lunch, this would have been a 4 star. I guess you have to expect a high tag with museum fare..” & “$2.25 for a micro-sized coffee? Are you out of your fucking mind? Too late, you already poured it, and I paid because I was too lazy to haul my ass to the Peet’s on the corner, and then I’m so bored with that stupid piece of foccacia I could only choke down two bites”.

Cafe Museo needs to liven up their menu to keep their food on par with the artwork!

 

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