On the local scene

Posted by Anita on 02.17.09 11:46 PM

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I don’t think it’s any secret here that we’re big fans of puns, wordplay, and other clever banter, so you’ll probably guess that I’ve been gaga about the wittly named Nopalito — the casual Mexican offspring of our beloved Nopa — since the day I first learned it was coming to town.

It’s also no great surprise that an authentic Mexican restaurant would be a huge draw for me, the girl who would happily scarf chilaquiles for breakfast, tortas for lunch, and a big cheesy combination platter for dinner. But here’s the icing on the cake: Nopalito follows the same local-seasonal-sustainable-organic-ethical blueprint as its older sibling, and it does it in style.

Now, we’re not much for restaurant reviews these days, but I will say this: Nopalito is off to a running start, and we’re looking forward to many return trips. As Cameron said: “This place is pretty much the restaurant you’ve been waiting for… forever.” He’s right: There’s very few places like Nopalito in the Bay Area — Doña Tomas is about the nearest equivalent — and certainly nothing of its type within The City proper.

Dark Days Eat Local ChallengeDo I like the hour-long waits? No. (But I’m soothed by being able to call ahead and put my name on the list.) Do I like perching on barstools, elbow-to-elbow with perfect strangers at a communal table? Not one bit. (But on the other hand, it’s prime Eatsdropping territory, and a not-bad way to decide what you want to order next.) Am I enthralled with everything I ate on our first visit? Not by a long shot.

But there were enough promising tastes on our first visit — the gordita de picadillo first among them — that absolutely transported me. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they have in store, especially once the weather warms up enough to enjoy a Michelada or two on the covered patio.

306 Broderick Street
(x Fell/Laguna)
San Francisco, CA

Dark Days challenge, locavore, Mexican, restaurants



Comment by Morgan

Well this is exciting! Can’t wait to try it out on our next trip out West.

Posted on 02.18.09 at 6:07AM

Comment by Chelsea

I can’t wait to try Nopalito. I love NOPA as well. Did you happen to go last Monday when they saw 2 hogs from slaughter to table and had special menu items reflecting it? Including dessert, oh yeah. I’m going to post about it soon. Just as soon as I’m over my head cold!

Dona Tomas also has a taqueria on 4th st. in Berkeley that I am addicted to:)

Posted on 02.18.09 at 10:40AM

Comment by Anita

Morgan: We’ll definitely have a better idea of it by then. (I’ve got fingers crossed you’ll be back soon, but I have a funny feeling Anvil will keep your weekends awfully busy)

Chelsea: Oh yes — we’re big fans of Tacubaya, too. :)

Posted on 02.18.09 at 11:19AM

Comment by Sauced

Beautiful collage! I adore chilaquiles – I badly miss them from Southern California. Thanks for posting this on Tastespotting – we love your blog!

Posted on 02.18.09 at 4:02PM

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[...] Anita and Cameron have been busy traveling, but still found time for dinner at the new Nopalito. This new gem pushes all of Anita’s buttons, plus the food was good enough to bring her back again soon. Reading it makes me wish that we had more options up here in the sticks. [...]

Posted on 02.18.09 at 9:35PM

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