El Patio is no more, but there will be Frito pie!

There was a brief period about 9 years ago when El Patio was my favorite restaurant in the Mission. It was a little off the beaten path, it was near the Knockout, the food was good, there was never a wait, and the cutesy decor almost sort of felt like Disneyland or the Secret Alley.

I guess it closed recently, and it’s gonna be replaced by the Barchili/Old Bus Tavern combo that’s been popping up at Pizzahacker on Tuesdays. I had their burger and their Frito pie and a couple of their beers a couple weeks ago, and it was all awesome, so we’re gaining something good. But I’ll always remember El Patio fondly.

Here’s a cheesy blurb I wrote about it while working as an intern for an online travel guide company in 2006:

On the outskirts of the Mission District, where Valencia dead-ends into Mission Street, lies a hidden gem. While the Taqueria Cancun outpost across the way has garnered more accolades, El Patio is an exceedingly pleasant place for a home-cooked meal. Unlike its burrito-centric neighbors, this establishment offers full sit-down service, and heaping plates of Salvadoran and Mexican specialties. Sun streams in through the windows and skylights, providing ample reason to sit around drinking imported beer (such as Suprema or Regia), enjoying the sights and sounds of the bustling intersection out front and perhaps chowing down on a few plates of pupusas or a hot lengua entree. [link]

My boss was saying the clients at Marriott were asking for some more off-the-beaten-path stuff for their San Francisco city guide. I was like, “I’ve got just the thing!”

Check out this jar of homemade Wes Burger ketchup

Man, I love homemade ketchup. Here, Wes explains tonight’s burger:

This is one of those rare times when I am going to put ketchup on a burger. Homemade scallion ketchup with shredded lettuce, cheddar pickles and lays potato chips. Side is jalapeno queso tots. See y’all 6-10 at Mojo Bicycle Cafe

[via Wes Burger on Facebook]

The $5 toast at Dear Mom is worth every penny



There are about 500 bars in town, which means that there are about 10 birthdays a week. This past Monday, Kilowatt had it’s 20th birthday, reverting back to 1994 pricing and attitude.

I mean, everyone was super chill, there were a multitude of tasty beers and a steady stream of tunes from the 19nineties. Most beers were $3 and pool was 25¢, meaning that $10 could buy two beers, a congratulatory shot for the bartender, then a game of play with a quarter you found. Also, this totally happened at the table.

So, what do you think about wishing your favorite bar down the street a happy birthday? It’s probably soon.

I mean, Racer 5 for $3 is excellent

[Thanks @ckchew]

A note on gin bars

Local rum bar Smuggler’s Cove is opening a gin bar.

Right!? (Just kidding, Smuggler’s Cove rules and I’m sure they’ll do a great job with gin too.) (But goddamn, I hate gin.)

Tomorrow will be your last chance to eat a Pal’s burger for a while

Next week Pal’s is moving back to their original location at 24th and Hampshire, a location that is totally awesome — but does not include a grill for making burgers. Thus, tomorrow is your last chance (for the foreseeable future) to take part in the weekly “Pal’s Burger Time.”

[via Pal's on Twitter]

Long line for free ice cream sandwiches at new ice cream sandwich shop on 16th Street

It’s called CREAM, which is a Wu-Tang reference, and it’s originally from Berkeley I think. Eater SF has lots more info here.

(CREAM is a fine name, but I think they could’ve come up with something better had they gotten lost in the mystery of the Wu-Tang name generator.)

(Here now are the Wu-Tang names of every current Mission Mission contributor:

  • Allan Hough = Eight-legged DJ
  • Andrew Sarkarati = Inscrutable Drama Queen
  • Ariel Dovas = My Cousin the Wife-Beatah
  • Vic Wong = Cheeky Delinquent
  • Helen Tseng = Superintendent God-Botherer
  • Kat Malinowska = Lesbian Pimp
  • Doc Pop = Dizzy Cow
  • Andrew Dalton = Asthmatic Enemy of God
  • Joshua Cobos = Tha Visible Choirboy

Cool, that was fun. I think Helen wins. Again.)

[via Rebecca Bowe]

Mission Chinese Food chef to open ‘Mediterranean-inspired Japanese’ restaurant around the corner on 20th Street

His name is Jesse Koide and he’s been the top man at MCF for a long time (since founder Danny Bowien’s been busy opening restaurants in NYC and modeling for fashion shoots). Now he’s doing his own thing, but with a very Mission Chinese-style twist. Inside Scoop reports:

Like the original days of Mission Chinese Food inside Lung Shan, Pink Zebra and Tao Yin will actually co-exist within the space. So somehow, Koide’s experience in cooking at a restaurant within in a restaurant will be put to good use.

Pink Zebra will start out as a five-nights-a-week endeavor, serving Koide’s eclectic menu of Japanese and Mediterranean fare. There’s a little sushi counter in the space, where Koide and cohort Rio Sakai hope to serve an omakase menu; both hot and cold a la carte dishes will be available in the rest of the room. Pink Zebra and Tao Yin will share the kitchen, and Tao Yin will likely reserve a few tables for its regulars as well with a limited menu of its own on Pink Zebra nights.

“Basically, I would call it Mediterranean-inspired Japanese food. A lot of the stuff I end up making is influenced by Japan, and my experience with Italian food,” says Koide, who has worked at  Ichiban Sushi, Moshi Moshi, Blowfish Sushi, Bar Tartine and Farina, among others.

Yeah, it’s called Pink Zebra. Boom! Read on for more details and a tidbit about what’s gonna happen at MCF.

[via Eater SF]

Rice dog

The culinary geniuses at Lucky Peach just invented something new. Here’s what it’s all about:

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes get hungry. My solution for this is usually giving money to stores or restaurants that already have food that they are willing to trade, but last night I decided to switch it up by preparing a meal for myself! I started with one of the only dishes I can make: rice. On a hunch, I decided to put it into a hot dog bun. And now with this exclusive recipe, you can too!

Sounds good! Read on for the full recipe.

And now, please enjoy this selection of original recipes by the Mission Mission crew:

This is a pretty clever Coors Light ad, c’mon

[via SF Weekly]