The Little Chihuahua

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The Little Chihuahua Lively and casual, The Little Chihuahua is a Mexican joint that takes its sustainable fare as seriously as it takes its hefty salsa bar, much to the appreciation of the laid-back young professionals, students, and diverse neighborhood... San Francisco United States 37.772027 -122.437065
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The Little Chihuahua - Restaurant in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Lively and casual, The Little Chihuahua is a Mexican joint that takes its sustainable fare as seriously as it takes its hefty salsa bar, much to the appreciation of the laid-back young professionals, students, and diverse... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI N Line: Duboce Street/Noe Street/Duboce Park

  • Phone:

    415-255-8225

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–10pm, Sa–Su 10am–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Little Chihuahua Review

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Lively and casual, The Little Chihuahua is a Mexican joint that takes its sustainable fare as seriously as it takes its hefty salsa bar, much to the appreciation of the laid-back young professionals, students, and diverse neighborhood...

Lively and casual, The Little Chihuahua is a Mexican joint that takes its sustainable fare as seriously as it takes its hefty salsa bar, much to the appreciation of the laid-back young professionals, students, and diverse neighborhood regulars who pack the little pup for brunch.

Hand-carved wooden chairs emblazoned with vibrant, colorful suns give the small venue a festive atmosphere, aided by tightly-packed community seating that that invites strangers to meet and greet as they smell the fresh cut flowers on every table.

Weekends see large groups of boisterous college kids file in for carafes of sweet cocktails, though the rounds of sangria and passion fruit mimosas often take a backseat to the venue’s popular Mexican French toast – a bacon-wrapped tortilla smothered in maple syrup.

The brunch scene meets its rival during dinner hours, when an eclectic mix of young hipsters and old Haight hippies join after-work regulars as they tear into piles of veggie nachos and glasses of agave wine, eyeing the long line forming behind the self-serve salsa station.

A happening little eatery, The Little Chihuahua is an inviting locale for patrons looking to unleash their passion for fruity drinks and guilt-free meals that are far from tiny.

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Tip from Emma:

Although the brunch menu is limited, the fresh salsa is not – and the college kids on a budget know the only thing better than a breakfast taco plate is covering it with shovelfuls of tomatillo, salsa verde, habañeros, pickled jalapeños, chipotle, and roasted tomatoes.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, college kids, sangria and mimosa lovers, organic foodies, and long-time Haight hippies, early 20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod playlist of classic rock hits.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of hormone- and antibiotic-free Mexican cuisine.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7–$9.50, soups and salads $7–$11, tacos $3.75–$4.50, quesadillas $7–$9, enchiladas $10–$11, burritos $6–$10, nachos $8.50–$11. Beer $3–$4, wine $5–$7/glass or $22–$26/bottle, agave wine margarita $5/glass or $18/carafe, passion fruit mimosas $5/glass or $18/carafe, sangria $4/glass or $14/carafe, horchata $3, Mexican coke $2.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, post-work attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays for dinner and pre-party drinks, and weekends for a lively brunch scene.

  • Close By

    Candy Bar (1335 Fulton Street) is a dessert and cocktail bar with an even longer list of sugary drinks and late-night sweets.

The Little Chihuahua User Reviews

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Sustainable in Every Sense
Jed G. Sep 4, 2012
You've heard the story before: A foreign cuisine is reinvented by a sustainable, locally-sourced eatery that cares as much about the means as it does the ends. The unfortunate side of that story is that the ends (i.e. your meal) can lose the authenticity of their home country, gain several extra dollars in cost, or worse, do both. It's all the more impressive then that The Little Chihuahua, beyond its sustainable slant, delivers some of the city's best Mexican. San Franciscans would have you believe that the Mission is home to the best burritos on the planet, but anyone who's paid $5 to see the light in San Diego can tell you a great burrito has a tortilla that doesn't stick to your teeth or require tin foil to remain dry and intact. By this standard, along with more universal ones like freshness and flavor, The Little Chihuahua excels past many of its soggy Mission district counterparts. And what's more - TLC does so with class. With Mexican food, you're not supposed to care whether it comes off a silver platter or a stump on the sidewalk, as long as it's amazing. But at TLC, the clean setting, bright colors and textures, and inviting salsa bar don't go unappreciated. Of course, while Chihuahua will make a burrito-loving-SoCal-transplant feel at home with its product, the reality of its city location is more apparent in its price, a few notches higher than what you find down south. But considering even the weakest efforts in burrito-making garner the same prices just down the street, The Little Chihuahua, with free salsa and cheap beer on tap, is more than worth the extra dinero. And besides, you want to support sustainable, local businesses, right?
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