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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mr. Pollo, Taqueria San Jose Spruce Up a Little

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

click to enlarge The new Mr. Pollo: A gallon didn't quite do it. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • The new Mr. Pollo: A gallon didn't quite do it.
Don't look now, but two Mission district stalwarts have gone upscale. Well, kind of.

Mr. Pollo has eschewed it's Big Bird-yellow exterior for a very sexy grayish brown that screams, We're not just pollo anymore! Too bad they ran out of paint mid-job, leaving the washed-out front door a reminder of the pre-Manny Torres Gimenez days. The old yellow Mr. Pollo sign still proudly hangs above.

click to enlarge Taqueria San Jose's gone orange, possibly to mask the carrot-juice stains. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • Taqueria San Jose's gone orange, possibly to mask the carrot-juice stains.
Across the street at Taqueria San Jose, you'll now be able to get your blaring ranchera music on while watching Primera Division soccer in high-tech style. They've added two new flat-screen TVs and an Internet jukebox. A freshly painted bright orange interior will make any Syracuse, Netherlands, or Sterling Witt fan feel at home (though we're doubtful that will actually happen). Menus and prices at both restaurants remain unchanged. What's next, a wood-fired oven for King's Bakery?

Mr. Pollo: 2823 Mission (at 24th St.), 374-5546.

Taqueria San Jose: 2830 Mission (at 24th St.), 282-0203.

Read more from Alex Hochman at Urban Stomach. Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie.

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