The secret menu at La Taqueria

In a couple pieces for SF Weekly over the last few months, our pal Omar has put together a list of La Taqueria’s secret menu items:

  • Dorado-style (grilled) burritos
  • Combining multiple meats into one burrito
  • Red sauce
  • Side of blistered Serrano chiles
  • Nachos
  • Dorado-style (grilled-til-crispy) meat
  • Sirloin ends (pictured)
  • Quesarrito

Read on for all the details and lots more pics: Part 1 and Part 2.

[via Omar on Instagram]

Last minute gift idea: Edible sex doll from Pizza Hut [NSFW]

(Just kidding, this is not a real product but rather a glorious work of art by local genius Porous Walker.)

Update on Sunflower, and its newly opened sister restaurant Indochine

First, sort of an update on Sunflower (SFist did a little digging):

SFist called the Potrero branch of Sunflower to see if there’s any update on the space at 506 Valencia (which is also connected in back to another storefront at 3111 16th Street) and an employee there said she did not know if there were plans to reopen. Also, she said, she could not discuss why they closed.

Mission Mission commenter Susie, who claimed to represent the restaurant, noted earlier that the problem had to do with ADA compliance, which could stem from threats of litigation, or actual litigation, from local opportunist ADA enforcers who have also struck other nearby Mission businesses like Chile Lindo. Back in 2010, Chile Lindo owner Paula Tejeda told Inside Scoop and SF Weekly that “The entire Mission is being attacked by this same lawyer,” referring to Thomas Frankovich and his disabled plaintiff Craig Yates, who at the time threatened Tejeda’s landlord with $1,000 fines for every incident of lack of access to the restaurant because of a six-inch step required to enter the premises.

Hopefully they’ll reopen eventually. Meanwhile, the Sunflower family opened a new place right next door, in the former Mariachi space:

The restaurant’s About page says that they “bring traditional Korean dishes and make them vegan,” but the only Korean items on the menu so far are a kimchi maki roll and a vegan version of bibimbap.

The place got a handsome remodel and just snuck open on Thanksgiving day, and vegans the city over will be clamoring to try dishes like lemongrass “chicken”; wok-fried spicy tofu with bell pepper, celery and chili; red and yellow curries; deep fried yam maki rolls; and vegan Mongolian Delight. All dishes are in the $5 to $12 range, which should also make them popular, and you can see the full menu here.

Hokey dokey!

How’s everybody been dealing with the loss, anyway?

Read on for more.

[Photo by Google Maps]

Beautiful slo-mo video of me eating a fully loaded nacho at Mission Cantina

There’s an oogey-gooey fried chicken liver on that badboy!! Damn!

(Thanks to our boy Tag from Sexpigeon for shooting this monstrosity.)

At long last, Hapa Ramen’s brick-and-mortar opens tomorrow!

After doing the farmer’s market pop-up thing for years, Richie Nakano is finally opening his long-awaited ramen shop tomorrow. The Hapa Ramen restaurant is located at 2293 Mission Street, in the former 99¢ Depot. As a long-time noodle advocate, I headed over to report from the front lines, armed with a fellow noodle-loving lady.

The opening menu features snacky small plates (ribs, a raw fish tartare, a Korean seafood pancake), steamed buns a la David Chang, and with three types of ramen. The restaurant’s namesake bowl, pictured above, is generously topped with pork slabs, nugs of fried chicken, a poached egg, and seasonal vegetables.

There’s also a full bar and cocktail menu, which includes a gin drink involving Hi-Chew tincture and Hawaiian Punch syrup (above, right) that tastes exactly like a Pixy Stix. The bourbon drink on the left contained banana, black sea salt, and cacao.

Above, two of my favorite things I ate: a savory pile of roasted baby carrots and radishes, and an adorable fried chicken-and-pickle steamed bun that, in the most flattering way possible, reminded me of the classic sandwich from my childhood favorite now-shunned fast food establishment.

Oh, and those in-progress booths we reported on awhile back cleaned up real nice:

[Booth photo by Erin Conger]

P.S. Visit Girls Love Noodles!

Danny Bowien’s holiday gift to David Chang and the Momofuku crew: Popeye’s and caviar

Baller.

[via David Chang on Twitter]

Hot new menu item: COMPLETELY blackened pepperoni pizza

It’s extremely carcinogenic and very hard to digest, but it looks tight on Instagram. Available now at Flour + Water.

[via Dominic Santos on Instagram]

How transport Dungeness crab by bicycle

That’s right: IT’S CRAB SEASON, KID!

[via Emily]

Chocolate, back before it was cool

The limited edition ‘Big Obama Burger,’ only $25

This is available now at the airport in Brisbane, Australia. (Obama was there over the weekend for the G20 Summit.)

(If only it were available in Brisbane, California, we could head down there right now, and maybe stop in super-cool Daly City on the way.)

(Thanks, Jess!)