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Thanks. Now I see it on Wilfrid's instagram too... loooks almost like molokhia.

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I had to google molokhia, but uncannily right. We also had a palava sauce dish, which looked like the cassava, but tasted completely different; but it was based on jute leaves which, trusting google, makes it something like molokhia.

 

“Sauce” seems to be whatever thick, rich garnish you can put over the rice.

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If I said that Mexican food at the noted places in the Mission is not quite as good as, but more expensive than, the equivalents in Queens, I might attract oppobrium. And twenty to thirty minute lines too.

 

The tripita burrito at El Farolita was fine; the tongue tacos at La Taqueria were just not as good as Coatzingho and more than twice the price.

 

El Farolita also has a tremendously enjoyable packed and lively bar next door where I was the only blanquito.

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The B&B and B&D Halal places in Chelsea which Sneak and I have lauded do this cassava dish, but not as well. Guinean I believe.

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The benchmark for Mission places is whether you finish the burrito when drunk in the middle of the night, or if it's so bad that you don't even want to do that. La Taqueria is the only one I've found where some of the food is appropriate for daytime consumption. 

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I think you have to go a bit further afield to not get the waits and such.  A couple of weeks ago, I had perfectly respectable tacos in a small place on 24th Street a few blocks east of the BART, past Wise & Sons Deli and near La Reyna Panaderia.  But then again, I'm not really a Mission burrito fan.

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What Stephanie said.    We've always patronized small places on 16th St. and 24th St .   Lines, yes, but efficient service brings your order within 6 minutes of entering.    Like Steph, we're more into tacos that  SF burrito bombs.   And wherever we order this stuff, it is the salsas that define the moment.   So simple in concept but so much nuance.

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At El Farolito, where there’s a line, you can at least get things like brains and intestines in the meat choices. The tripitas were good.

 

The associated bar next door is crazy.

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I have a lot of SF hotels under my belt now, high to lowest end. I will be rebooking the Bartlett Hotel. Just off Union Square, cool modern rooms, all kinds of discounts for the Bartlett Hall restaurant downstairs, nice service.

 

Under $100 a night, although I am sure it fluctuates wildly.

 

Enjoyed it more than the Hyatt Regency, which was flaunting a $700 rack rate the same week.

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At that price they must be stealing kidneys at night. Check for scars.

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Not to worry. You can get them back in a sandwich downstairs. And, with a discount.

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This hotel model works well for those who want clean, basic, well serviced lodging but don't need faux luxe or party atmosphere public areas.    Reminds me of cherished Chelsea Inn in NY.    We used to book a one-bedroom first floor suite, directly across from reception.    Wonderful location on W.17th between (then) Gap and Barney's, 5 minutes to City Bakery, a few more to Union Square FM.   Great buses on 5th and 6th.    

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