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EODTR – La Placita Mexicatessen

Juanita and Ana welcoming us to La Placita

Juanita and Ana welcoming us to La Placita

The next in our series of articles on places to eat down San Bruno Avenue is La Placita Mexicatessen, one of the few Mexican places on San Bruno. Walking through the door, you are greeted with a very simple, traditional Mexican restaurant. We found two, warm faces behind the counter, owner Juanita Perez and her assistant Ana. Speaking with Juanita, who originated from Jalisco in Mexico, she told us she had been running Las Placita on San Bruno for 29 years!

There are no frills inside. Juanita has decorated La Placita with reminders of where she grew up. Pictures of Chivas and photos of Mexican towns and rural scenes adorn the walls. Other items revealing her origin, are for sale. Many snacks and candies, unique to Mexico, sat along the counter top. In the fridge, the usual collection of Jarritos and south American beer, but also a few harder to find items, like Cuzcatlan Cola Champagne.

A damn good burrito

A damn good burrito

Initially, this seemed like it was going to be pretty regular Mexican fare. Our order? Of course a burrito and a enchilada plate. However, I was accompanied by Robert Ramirez, who spotted something interesting – Sopes. This was not something I had seen before and according to Juanita, La Placita is the only place in the Portola where you can get them. So, some Sopes finished up our order.

Robert, in a very inquisitive mood, also spotted that the empanadas’ were fried and that this was not common. It turns out that La Placita is a little bit different from your a-typical San Francisco Mexican restaurant.

Enchiladas and super tasty rice

Enchiladas and super tasty rice

Soon, after we sat down, the food arrived. William, the other regular in our lunchtime trio, split the burrito between everyone and we all agreed it was a very solid and traditional burrito, straight forward, simple and tasty. In fact, the more we relaxed at the table, the more obvious the down to earth, no frills atmosphere and the good food of La Placita became. My plate of enchilada’s was spot on. Beans were well cooked, rice was excellent and the small, yet very fresh salad rounded the plate off. Robert was keen to point out that the rice had a lot of flavor.

The sopes were excellent. Super crunchy radishes sat proudly on top and the balance of meat, spices, cheese and other ingredients was just right. The menu also featured some special dishes, such as a goat birra, a type of stew. These are usually a weekend special, so we didn’t get chance to try it. Overall we had a great lunch and the value was very good. Prices are generally a little cheaper than most places. So next time you fancy a bite of real Mexico, drop in to La Placita.

Article edited by Laura Milvy
Sopes at La Placita are excellent, a nice surprise in the Portola

Sopes at La Placita are excellent, a nice surprise in the Portola

 

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