Restaurants, Mexican Inner Sunset
4 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Premshree Pillai Carnitas at Nopalito

A offshoot of the popular, acclaimed Nopa restaurant, Nopalito offers authentic, from-scratch Mexican cooking made with local, sustainable and organic ingredients. This is the antithesis of slapped-together street food. Dishes are carefully composed with subtle flavors to create deliciously complex interpretations of traditional Mexican meals: carnitas is slow-cooked and braised in orange, bay leaf, milk, cinnamon and beer; mole coloradito con pollo is made with toasted chiles, almonds, Ibarra chocolate, dried plums and a huge array of spices. Don't miss any version of tangy, tender nopales (cactus leaves), frequently on the menu in the form of tamales or in dishes such as queso flameado con chorizo y nopales (flamed Oaxacan and jack cheese with grilled cactus and chorizo).


Venue name: Nopalito
Address: 1224 9th Ave
San Francisco

Cross street: between Irving St and Lincoln Way
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–10pm
Transport: Bus 24
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