Chips and salsa with Hass avocado guacamole – The Taco Shop at Underdogs

Chips and salsa with Hass avocado guacamole - The Taco Shop at Underdogs
Holy guacamole, that’s quite a pile of the stuff on this appetizer! I also liked that they didn’t over-smash the avocados. They were still mostly intact and ready to be dipped into, noms! $6.50
The Taco Shop at Underdogs, San Francisco CA

Emerging mushrooms
Emerging mushrooms, West Field Road.

Quesadilla de pibil – El Techo de Lolinda

Quesadilla de pibil - El Techo de Lolinda
Braised pork shoulder, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, salsa. $9
El Techo de Lolinda, San Francisco CA

Finally, a dish from El Techo that was actually good and priced approriately! Actually this was pretty large so I wouldn’t have minded if it had cost a few more bucks. The pork was tender and really flavorful, and I like their smokey salsa. I thought the oaxaca cheese was going to be the white, crumbly kind but I was happy to see that it was thick and melty!

San Francisco Bay at dawn
San Francisco Bay at dawn, Upper Market.

Guacamole – El Techo de Lolinda

Guacamole - El Techo de Lolinda
Cotija cheese, tortilla chips. $7
El Techo de Lolinda, San Francisco CA

This guacamole was good, but just because you add a little cheese on top of a small bowl of it doesn’t mean it’s worth seven bucks! I think most of the food items on their menu are overpriced, and all their tortilla chips were greasy. Not running back here to eat again any time soon.

Chips and salsa - El Techo de Lolinda
Chips and salsa. $3
Kinda lame that they also charge you for chips and salsa when most restaurants provide it complimentary. It’s not even listed on their menu so most people assume that it’s free.

Castro houses

SF houses on a hill, The Castro. I like the obvious delineation of where the former neighboring house used to be.

Seared salmon filet – Curbside Cafe

Seared salmon filet - Curbside Cafe
With Curbside orange salsa, served with mashed potatoes and sauteed rainbow kale. Chef Special (soup + entree) $20
Curbside Cafe, San Francisco CA

I tend to steer clear of pan seared salmon at restaurants because, more often than not, they come out dry and disgusting. This was surprising moist and juicy so I was happy. The potatoes were silky and lovely and the orange salsa was packed with flavor. Pretty yummy!

Francis Scott Key Monument
Francis Scott Key Monument, Golden Gate Park.

Southern empanadas – Nola

Southern empanadas - Nola
Ground chuck, holy trinity, manchego, cotija and oaxacan cheeses, bbq sauce, salsa fresca, bbq cream sauce. Happy hour $5
Nola, Palo Alto CA

Omg, these were two large empanadas for only five bucks! Now that’s a great value. These were definitely filling and you could probably make an entire meal of these. I loved all the flavors and it was pretty tasty, but the empanada dough was on the thick side and slightly undercooked in parts.

Purisima Creek Redwoods
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Chicken mole super nachos – La Tortilla

Chicken mole super nachos - La Tortilla
Tortilla chips topped with shredded chicken in mole sauce, black beans, cheese, spicy salsa, guacamole and sour cream. $7.75
La Tortilla, San Francisco

I love the nachos at La Tortilla. Not because they’re particularly amazing or special, but because they’re so saucy and huge and packed with tons of flavor (and a great value). I really can’t ask for more at this price. Great job, La Tortilla!

Don't stop believing
“Don’t stop believing” sidewalk stencil.

Chilaquiles Veronica – San Jalisco

Chilaquiles Veronica - San Jalisco
Tortilla bits scrambled with two large eggs, cheese, onions and salsa complemented with chorizo, nopales and fresh Mexican-style sour cream. Served with black beans and rice. $9.95
San Jalisco, San Francisco CA

This was a lot of food, and it was delicious! You shouldn’t order this if you’re counting calories because this dish will definitely break the bank. I enjoyed that the drenched tortilla chips weren’t soggy, and the combination of sauce and gooey cheese kept everything together wonderfully. The addition of cactus and chorizo definitely put these chilaquiles over the top. Noms!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Chips and salsa - San Jalisco
Chips and salsa. Complimentary
I have to say it, the chips always taste a bit stale here. 😦