Avenue/Naples Street, SF
hearing in Judge McClure's chambers
cooking's so good I gave myself a bellyache. My mom never did it so good
-- well, Mexican food that is. It's the furthest south we've ventured
to date, but worth the trek. I do have to give a big thanks to Dandy,
our good pal, whose car we used to get to Mom's. If you go I suggest you
borrow her car as well.
One thing you must
order is the boquitos. Quite a tasty and unique treat. Sort of a mini-tostada,
sort of a self-contained nacho. You get a plate of chips, each chip
loaded with all the fixin's: meat, sour cream, guac, salsa, and you
do get a heap of fixin's on each and every chip. It's a good way to
start. My dinner plate was full of delicious crispy, crunchy taquitos
topped with cheese and guac, with the ol' rice and beans on the side.
The winning mouthful of the evening was on Judge Turner's sampler- type
platter: the carnitas. Flake with your fork, melt in your mouth chunk
of pork. It's the best. The only drawback at Mom's is that she charges
$1.50 for a small bowl of chips, but they are fresh and came to the
table nice and hot. Also, you shouldn't be in a hurry -- the service
may be a bit slow.
Anyways, I ate too
much but every bite was worth it.
Mom is cooking, and
she's doing a fine, fine job. Long a favorite of this judge, Mom is Cooking
popped to mind immediately after learning that Gravy's was closed. It
was close by, and I knew it was worthy of a Füd Court visit. You
simply cannot go wrong there. Aside from the occasional wait for service.
But it's worth it!!
Here is a restaurant where the rice and beans give me pause. Mmmm, bueno.
The carnitas plate has been my standard order for a while, because it
is so insanely delicious it defies description. Okay, it's the tastiest
seasoned fried pork with guacamole, salsa, rice, beans and salad you'll
ever get. That's a description, I guess.
Boquitos? Don't forget
to order those. An appetizer that eats like a meal. They make a vegetarian-style
This night I chose
the "sampler platter", or "variety plate" or something
like that. That featured carnitas, grilled beef steak, chicken leg (meat),
and chorizo, along with the rice, beans and salad. Lord almighty. The
chorizo was just plopped on the beans, but that suited me fine. If you
like your tasty Mexican meats, I'd say this plate is for you. All grrrrrrreat!
However, it was among the most expensive, around $12, as I recall. You
can eat cheaper, and I've never had a bite there that was not rock-solid
delicious. If you are a tamale fan, don't miss Mom's. They are amazingly
fluffy, tasty, and unique.
When I look deep into
my heart, I cannot name a Mexican restaurant that serves tastier food.
Therefore, I must give Mom is Cooking the coveted five corn dog rating.
God bless you, Mom.
Mom's Cooking -- through
no fault of her own -- tasted a little sour. Why? Because Gravy's, our
planned destination only after much debate and after Judge McClure finagled
Dandy's vehicle (thanks, Dandy!), was closed. It said so on a cardboard
sign, in black magic marker. We'd heard that when Gravy Is Cooking, Gravy
offers the best soul füd in the vicinity. But not on this night.
Perhaps Gravy had tickets for the WCW Neck Snapper Showdown going on across
the street at the Cow Palace.
This being said, I'd
still recommend Mom and her Cooking -- even after a botched Gravy's trip.
The boquitos, as the others have mentioned, are a must-get.
I chose a chimichanga
for my main course. Probably ill-advised...but I was swayed by hometown
youngster memories of Chi-Chi's, where you order by saying, "Gimme a Chimi."
Anyway, this shredded beef chimi was good, but not outstanding. Judge
Turner's carnitas took the cake and the plate and the Palace and the Gravy
and the Cow and the whatever else -- soo-perlative.
out Mom is Cooking's own Web site here.