Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Innovative Mexican Food in the Mission District

When guests ask me where to go for Mexican food, I usually respond by suggesting they visit Mexico.  Most of San Francisco's so-called Mexican restaurants consist of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, and little more.  It is hard to find Mexican restaurants in San Francisco that serve really quality Mexican food with the diversity of flavors and dishes one finds in Mexico.

Last night, I stumbled upon Lolo in San Francisco's Mission District.  This restaurant features contemporary, Mexican-influenced small plates.  We had traditional dishes such as grilled prawns and guacamole with blue corn chips; innovative dishes like crab and chorizo tostadas, gorditas with braised short rib, and mahi mahi tiradito; and just simple grilled artichokes.  The wine list is small but varied, featuring wines from South America, Spain, and California.

Service was very friendly.  The decor features recycled materials in a colorful display.  We were told that the owner has a similar restaurant in Guadalajara and that the materials for Lolo's decor were brought up from Mexico.

Being on 22nd Street between Valencia and Mission, Lolo is out of the way for most visitors.  However, it is easily accessible by BART (San Francisco's subway system).  Exit 24th Street, walk 2 blocks north on Mission and 1/2 block west on 22nd.  You won't be disappointed. 

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