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Episode 5: Mr. Pollo
I saved my trip to Mr. Pollo for the last stop of a busy San Francisco day and invited my friend, world famous chef Jonathan Waxman (of Barbuto in New York), to come along. Jonathan grew up in San Francisco and was eager to try a new restaurant with me. I’d heard about this hidden gem from my friend Jennifer Crawford, a stylist who discovered it while working in the neighborhood. Formerly a Colombian fast food restaurant, Mr. Pollo’s current owners kept the name but transformed it into destination for fresh, seasonal cuisine, improvised nightly into a $25 tasting menu that knocked my socks off. They also serve a delicious arepa (for $8 more), a Colombian sandwich that’s an homage to the restaurant’s original identity.
What: Mr. Pollo
Why Go: Chef Jonny Becklund makes every meal from his small kitchen in the center of this intimate restaurant—the menu is always a surprise—and at $25 for four delicious courses, it’s a bargain!
When to Go: Mr. Pollo serves dinner nightly but is closed Sunday). To snag a seat (they have four tables and a counter), call 860-912-9168 to make a reservation.
Where: Mr. Pollo is located at 2823 Mission Street.
I Heard: That they’re thinking of adding a brunch once a week. To get on their email list for announcements and special events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.