nopalito in san francisco

i shouldn’t do this…     we walked into this new restaurant and were seated immediately 3 times in the last 2 weeks.    but the secret is bound to get out, so here goes…

nopalito is a new favorite –  extraordinary food, nicely designed interior, excellent service, modest prices.   the food is authentic mexican made with organic/local/sustainable ingredients.    masa  is the cornmeal dough used to make tortillas and tamales.    at nopalito, they make it from organic corn they grind in-house.  at this point i’ve pretty much worked my way through the menu (though it’s constantly changing) and everything i’ve eaten there is made with the same care,  skill and finesse.   their mole, always a test, is rich and complex and wonderful.   the carnitas may be the best pork i’ve ever eaten.    really.    in my whole life.     and do not pass on their simple dessert -  paleta (popcycle).   the strawberry and cafe con leche are fantastic, but the chocloate – wow – life affiming.

open 7 nights a week, on broderick between oak and fell.    they’re kid-friendly, though my six-year-old, who normally eats whatever i order, finds many dishes to have a bit more spice than she enjoys.   they don’t take reservations.    i’ll probably be sorry i posted this…

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