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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: 306 Broderick St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Fell and Oak Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–11pm
Transport: Bus 16X, 44, 71
Price: Main courses: $13–$18
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