August 14, 2018

San Francisco: San Jalisco; restaurant review


San Francisco

San Jalisco  901 S. Van Ness Ave./20th St., 2 blks. E of Mission St., in Mission District, (415) 648-8383.  B-L-D daily; $.

exterior of San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
exterior of San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District


This cheerfully decorated Mexican restaurant features lacy cutout papers hanging from the ceiling, miscellaneous decorative items on the walls, and colorful tables and chairs hand-painted with animals.

interior of San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
interior of San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District


interior of San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
interior of San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District


skeleton lady decor at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
skeleton lady decor at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District


Service begins with housemade chips and salsa.  Breakfast is popular here and available through lunch.  Favorite items include four kinds of chilaquiles (the Veronica with chorizo and nopales (prickly pear cactus) is very good), nopales con huevos, and huevos rancheros.  Lunch specials weigh in at $10.95 and come with rice and beans.

chips and salsa at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
chips and salsa at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District


lunch specials menu at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
lunch specials menu at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District


I ordered the crispy flautas topped with guacamole and sour cream, while my dining partner chose the enchiladas.  We were both pleased.  More items that sound particularly interesting include rolled tacos, enchiladas mole, sopes, shrimp items, and burritos in various sizes--poquito, grande, mucho.  Pozole--a hearty soup of pork and hominy for which the restaurant is well known--is available on Fridays and Saturdays.  Birria en caldo--a goat stew with a tangy tomato base for which they are also well known--is available on the weekends.  Micheladas (spiced Mexican beer) served in large frozen glass mugs are yet another item patrons rave about, and sangria is also an option.  In general, this place is usually full to the brim because the prices are low, the chips are plentiful, and the drinks are strong.  Solo diners will welcome the congenial bar seating.

flautas at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
flautas at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District


enchiladas at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District
enchiladas at San Jalisco in San Francisco's Mission District

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