San Francisco: Balompie Cafe
MM (aka Homeskillet) was visiting from Chicago, so of course we had to spend a day in SF with her. Our mini Chitown reunion (with the addition of TT and my sister) started at Tartine. After that we killed some time at a coffee shop, before finally meandering to Balompie Cafe to meet up with MM's college friends for dinner:
Balompie Cafe was super packed:
We had a huge party (9 people!), but luckily things worked out.
TT, VT, my sister, and I sat across from each other, so we decided to split everything.
We started with a glass of horchata:
Not even close to the best horchata I've ever had. Meh.
In the interest of trying something new, we ordered fried sweet corn tamales with sour cream:
Sweet and simple.
We also ordered the pasteles de pollo:
Which were corn pies filled with chicken:
Both the corn tamales and the corn pies were just okay, but the star of the meal were without a doubt the pupusas.
Half of what makes the pupusas great are the salsa and the pickled veggies that go on top:
We got 3 kinds of pupusas:
The Salvadoran veggies with cheese, the shrimp with cheese, and the ground pork with jalapenos and cheese.
Here's what the perfect bite looks like:
Pupusas, my friends, are magical. Skip everything else. Order at least 2 per person. Trust me.
I want to shout it from the rooftops: I LOVE PUPUSAS!
PS. I miss you, Homeskillet.
3349 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110