Native Spring 2005 Food as Culture
NACC's Picks for Native Spring 2005 Restaurant 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 415-831-4672 Cafe Marimba Exciting 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 Cha Caribbean 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 Espetus Brazilian, 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. Loud. 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 Pachamama Peruvian, 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
This is just a partial list. If you have your own favorites you wish to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!