Native Spring 2005

Food as Culture
NACC's Picks for Native Spring 2005


Alma    Excellent New Latino food: ceviche, pork chops, banana dishes
1101 Valencia St.
San Francisco
(415) 401-8959
Rating: Almost excellent
Very loud

Café Lo Cubano    Some of the best coffee in San Francisco plus food
3401 California
San Francisco

Cafe MarimbaExciting Mexican food with a twist
2317 Chestnut St. @Scott
San Francisco
(415) 776-1506
Very loud.

Canto do Brasil     Brazilian fried yucca root, codfish croquettes and coconut flan
41 Franklin St.
San Francisco
(415) 626-8727

Cha Cha ChaCaribbean tapas, packed clubby atmosphere
1801 Haight St.
San Francisco
(415) 386-5758
Very Loud

Charanga     Caribbean tapas: great patatas a la brava, ceviche
2351 Mission St.
San Francisco
(415) 282-1813
Very Loud

Circolo  New Latino with Asian accents: music and a late-night lounge
500 Florida St.
San Francisco
(415) 553-8521
Very Loud

Colibri Mexican Bistro          Mexican small plates
438 Geary St.
San Francisco
(415) 440-2737

Destino Exciting Caribbean, Mexican, and South American food
1815 Market St.
San Francisco
(415) 552-4451
Rating:  Almost Excellent. 
Too noisy.

El Raigon     Argentinian, excellent steaks and well-prepared sides
510 Union Str.
San Francisco
(415) 291-0927
Very loud

EspetusBrazilian, excellent meats and papaya crème desert
1686 Market St.
San Francisco
(415) 552-8792

Fresca  This Peruvian neighborhood haunt is as popular as ever
2114 Fillmore St.
San Francisco
(415) 447-2668

La Taqueria  Among the best burritos in the city
2889 Mission St.
San Francisco
(415) 285-7117
Rating: Almost Excellent. 

Laurel's Cuban Restaurant     Pork stew, steak, and rabbit dishes are the highlights
205 Oak St.
San Francisco
(415) 934-1575

Limon   Excellent Peruvian-inspired food. Good sangria
524 Valencia Street
San Francisco
(415) 252-0918
Rating: Excellent. Very Loud

Los Flamingos      Cuban and Mexican cuisine in Duboce Park
151 Noe @14th
San Francisco
(415) 252-7450

Mangarosa    Brazillian cod cakes, cheese bread, and steak rechaud
1548 Stockton @ Union
San Francisco
(415) 956-3211
Rating:  Almost Excellent

Maya    Sophisticated Mexican food in beautifully decorated space
303 Second St.
San Francisco
(415) 543-2928
Almost excellent.  Very Loud.

Mijita     Chef Traci Des Jardins' pride and joy: an organic taqueria
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco
(415) 399-0814

Mi Lindo Yucatan  Regional Yucatan menu at bargain prices, especially good pork
410 Valencia St.
San Francisco
(415) 861-4935

Mom Is Cooking   Wide assortment of good Mexican dishes
1166 Geneva Blvd.
San Francisco
(415) 586-7000

La Luna        Delicious crab cakes, Argentinean parrillada, and flan
3126 24th St.@ Folsom
San Francisco
(415) 282-7110

Panchita’s No. 3  Wonderful papusas, chilaquiles and enchiladas
3115 22nd St.
San Francisco
(415) 821-6660

Pena PachamamaPeruvian, favorite indigenous hang out in North Beach
1630 Powell Street @Green
San Francisco
(415) 646-0018

Platanos      Latin-inspired fare served in a cheerful environment
598 Guerrero @ 18th Street
San Francisco
(415) 252-9281
Rating:  Almost Excellent
Too loud

Tamal   Tapas from ‘old’ California
1599 Howard @ 12th
San Francisco
(415) 864-2446

Taqueria Can-Cun Voted best Taqueria by Bay Guardian readers
2288 Mission @ 19th
San Francisco
(415) 864-6773

Tita's Hale Aina    Hawaiian, poke, kalua pig, barbecue ribs, coconut deserts
3870 17th St.
San Francisco
(415) 626-2477

Zapata  A favorite burrito place in the Castro
18th Street and Collingwood
San Francisco

Zcaveche      Anticuchos, ceviche, lomo saltado, etc.
4769 Mission Street
San Francisco
(415) 584-2882

Go to Native Spring 2005 Events

This is just a partial list.  If you have your own favorites you wish to share, email us at and we'll be happy to add to the list.

Chocolate, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, turkey, tamales, peppers, pumpkins-- its all Native!

In keeping with our Indigenous Americas theme in 2005, NACC has listed here some restaurants serving native foods from Central and South America.  Before or after one of our cultural events, consider eating at one of these cafes or restaurants-- you'll be glad you did!!

And where are the indigenous North American restaurants?  Get busy Culinary Academy grads!!