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Best New Restaurant San Francisco 2009 - Nopalito



306 Broderick St.

San Francisco, CA 94117


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Readers' Choice: Kasa

Brought to you by the swell folks at the popular Mediterranean-themed Nopa, Nopalito has colonized a large room and an adjacent enclosed patio in Falletti's Plaza, the foodie enclave tucked between Oak and Fell on Broderick. It serves traditional Mexican food, including such succulent long-cooked dishes as birria de chivo (goat stew), mole poblano (a dark, rich, multi-ingredient sauce, here served over poached chicken), and pozole roja (a soupy stew featuring hominy and stewed pork shoulder), as well as the best carnitas ever. Interesting antojitos include a quesadilla con chicharrón stuffed with crispy pork belly, and a quesadilla de hongos y huitlacoche, a blue corn tortilla folded over mushrooms and corn "truffles." Organic ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible, and the chorizo, queso fresco, tortillas, and bread are made in-house. The signature dessert is the house-made paletas (popsicles), the star version being chocolate-cinnamon. The prices are surprisingly affordable for a brand-new restaurant with an organic, local, and sustainable kitchen. Nothing on the menu costs more than $20; antojitos run $4 to $9.50, big plates $10 to $14.

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