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Mr. Pollo
South American Restaurant$$
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2823 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110
2823 Mission StUSCASan Francisco94110
(860) 912-9168
$$South American Restaurant, Latin American RestaurantMenu
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No-frills, cash-only joint serving super-cheap tasting menus as well as signature arepas.- Google
People talk about tasting menu, arepas, chef's tasting, torres and chris cosentino
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Sophia L
reviewed 4 months ago
Tasting menu only cost $20, and we also ordered an arepas between two of us. The Prix fix meal include a salad (great salad), small bowl of mexican wedding soup ( bit salty but really good), veggie grits with fried egg (really good but nothing to write home about). Our lovely meal was concluded with a small dessert (a bit on the sweet side). I saw all the mouthwatering pictures posted but I feel like I didn't have anything closed to the pictures posted. Is it because its a Monday night? Maybe I should come back for another try. P.S. hubby needed his second dinner later that evening. Lol
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Veasna Hang
reviewed 7 months ago
"I didn't expect much when I walked in, let alone for the food to be so refined!" said friend who suggested Mr. Pollo for dinner. The sign outside reads "Mr. Pollo 100% Savor Latino." It's a lie, but in a good way. The place is intimate. 12 seats and a kitchen, no room for anything else. We sat at the counter for the dining with the Chef experience, and boy was it an experience. Chef Johnny did give us fair warning that he liked to talk "sh*t." In between the stories of a chef's life and Eskimo Brothers T-shirts, he did reveal his passion for cooking and his approach. The food did a lot of the speaking for him. The food itself is an eclectic mix of asian inspired fare along with more traditional American styles such as Creole, and the Arepas are definitely "100% Savor Latino." The following are the dishes we had... Course 1: Salmon fishball soup Course 2: Rice flour battered Calamari over a bed of Cucumber and Radish salad. Arepa Intermission: Course 3: Louisiana style Shrimp and Grits Course 4: A coconut pudding dessert. That was the end of the food. $20 for 4 courses, and $8 for an Arepa to split. It was one of the most entertaining food places I've been to in a while. Sit at the counter if you can, you won't be disappointed. Call to make reservations as their space is limited. 12 seats/3 seatings. What fronts its self as a place where the chicken man serves up 100% Latino flavors, reveals itself as a refined and purposeful dinning experience that not only gives you a glimpse of sf food, but also the people and culture!
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Girts Folkmanis
reviewed 4 months ago
The tasting menu ($20, 4 entrees) + an arepa is about the right amount if you are decently hungry. Everything was very delicious. Definitely a hidden gem!
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Andrew Killips
reviewed 5 months ago
I went here twice to give it a second shot based on all the great things I've heard from friends, and the difference was night and day. We ordered two of the chef's tasting and we shared one arepa. Everything was great and for only $20. I'll be coming back here in the near future.
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Amber Marie
reviewed 8 months ago
This teeny-tiny restaurant is AMAZING (really, though, why so tiny?) I think there are about 3-4 tables at most in the whole place... usually one cook, one server and a whole lot of good food. Don't even hesitate about getting the pre-fix menu.. you absolutely won't regret it. Better to come on a 'slow night' early in the week because it can be pretty crazy to get into any other day of the week.
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Greg Piesco-Putnam
reviewed 9 months ago
If you can get in, there are few places in the city that serve a better and less predictable menu. The food changes daily. Some highlights include tobacco infused whipped blue cheese, arepas and lavender melon salads.