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“Little Mexican Jewel Take Away and Restaurant”
Review of Papito

Papito
Ranked #1,243 of 5,823 Restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This little Mexican restaurant is a bit off the beaten track for tourists. Locals come here for take away or sit in because of the incredibly well tasting food. It is well frequented.

I'd recommend this Mexican to any who love to immerse in local culture (which is very international, staff being partly French), enjoying a friendly staff and non-fancy interior, making you feel at home even when you come right from work without having changed into your evening attire. In the evening, the sun shines right through the front, giving the Take away a warm atmosphere. A little bit of Mexico in Frisco.

The food was exceptionally fresh and tasty. A must for every Mexican food-lover.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

In an attempt to extend their "Chez" French empire around the block, it appears that the French have invaded Mexico again. This tiny space is a crass attempt to cash in on the taco/quesadilla craze and after-work margarita crowd who don't really want a full meal, just the small plates. But looks and tastes are deceiving, since the food is neither really Mexican or really anything.

"Duck confit carnitas" are the cynical draw for most here, and it's a terrible concoction. Duck is simply too fatty and gamey to be rendered in the same way you would a pork butt for carnitas. It also doesn't seem to mix well with the not-homemade corn tortillas, although their provenance (La Palma across town) is admirable. The dish ends up tasting much too intense and vinegary, since they also added homemade pickle slices. It's not that I object to cross-cultural fertilization; it's just that this feels imposed to be able get a mention in Saveur magazine, or else the French can't leave well enough alone. When's the last time the staff who's really doing the cooking had duck on their menus at home?

The biggest problem I had with Papito was the underseasoned sauces ---from the trio of unremarkable salsas (with chips) to the sauces that accompany the various fillings. My pastor (pork) tacos were not just cold, but they didn't really have anything distinctive. The grilled pineapple slices were OK, but the rest of sauce where the pork was braised just didn't have any salt. My friend's quesadillas, the Papito, were marinated shrimp, but the protein was rubbery, a sure sign they were overcooked. The sauces they were served in didn't add anything, but the zig zag sour cream drizzles on top of the triangles of tortillas on the dish could have been served at any El Torito corporate location.

Also, why serve margaritas, if there is no tequila? I'm just wondering. We stuck with the Negro Modelos, which get tossed on the table as if they're mad at you. We didn't appreciate the aggressive, brusque service ---we believe, the same surly French guy who takes orders at Chez Maman, the -8 stool place around the corner. Must be the same owner. In any case, when he is yelling loudly in French at his staff, and as his surlier Spanish speaking staff is using expletives to talk about this or that, well, you know you're in for a typical meal at Papito. I'm still waiting for Mamacita to open up to extend these trite restaurant names --oh wait, there is a Mamacita. And it's much better than this literal hole in the wall.

Finally ---two tacos, one quesadilla, an overly sweet Watermelon agua fresca and 2 beers: $35. Ouch.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Yum yum! The food here was excellent. I shared the guacamole and had a shrimp and fish taco for dinner. My girlfriend had the vegeterian/tofu taco. All our food was delicious! Drinks were great too, we enjoyed watermelon champagne (a twist on the mimosa). The service was good, the waiters were all extremely friendly and helpful. It's a small restaurant though, so there is usually a (short) wait for a table.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Welcoming staff, reasonable portions, and delicious food. We had the guacamole, salad and baja tacos. Literally every morsel was eaten. Such a great neighborhood gem, we are lucky to be in walking distance.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great little (like... 3 tables and a bar) Potrero Hill cafe doing inventive French-inspired tacos, agua fresca and other Mexican food. The duck confit tacos are excellent.

Come for a weekday lunch, or even between normal meal hours - the place will be nearly deserted except for the regulars.

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