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Restaurant Report-West of the Pecos

Those who know my neck of the woods in the Mission maybe be saddened to learn that Bombay Bazar is no more. It was one of those places that had been there FOREVER and that stretch of Valencia Street always smelled of curry powder.



In that spot is now West of the Pecos. The Bombay Bazar space was MASSIVE and they took over all of it, including the part where they used to sell the ice-cream. They told us that they only open that part on weekends, so on a weekday it's a slightly smaller space with a bar on one side.

We went at about 7P on Monday night. They were open and we had no problem walking in without reservations. The theme is Tex-Mex with a "California Twist" which meant that the favors were pretty subtle and nothing was too hard-core on the hot front. Decor is very woody (not at all tinny) and there's the obligatory pair of horns and some chilis hanging on the walls. Not a hint of all those fabulously exotic Indian cooking implements.


Hubby started with the Pecos Chili, which was quite good from the few bites I took. Not too thick and very delicately seasoned.

His main course was the Green Chile Cheese Burger, which comes wrapped in a tortilla. This is actually a pretty clever way to service a juicy Cheese Burger, as the tortilla managed to keep the juices from spilling all over the place. I took a bite of that too. Again, in spite of the Green Chile issue, not too hot.

I had the Avocado & Maine Lobster Salad, which I was expecting to be chunks of cold lobster and was instead a delightful grilled split lobster tail. Yum, yum, yum. I had to send the salad part back once because I had ordered it to have my dressing on the side and the waitress forgot. They also lost a few points with Hubby because he asked for salt and pepper (they don't have it on the tables) and it took a while to get there.

The lobster was wonderful, despite my concerns about its frequent flyer mileage. Turns out that West of the Pecos is owned by the same people as Woodhouse Seafood, so obviously they have good sources and lots of experience in getting seafood across the country in good shape.

The prices weren't too bad for the amount of food and the quality. Hubby said he would definitely go back there. So that's a new one on our list.

In other restaurant news, I'm slightly concerned about our newly beloved
Mozzeria.

When we were there on Sunday, Melody told us they were going to stop doing brunch. This is disturbing as Hubby's love for the Eggs Benedict Pizza is reaching the stage of hard-core addiction. On the bright side, Melody promises the crystal meth Eggs Benedict Pizza will be on the lunch menu. I'm just worried that the venture is not doing well enough to stay in business much longer if they felt that the Brunch Crowd (me and Hubby) wasn't making enough to make it worthwhile. We've noticed that Russell's mom is helping out and we haven't seen Justin or Mallory working on the weekends lately.

If you're in San Francisco and have a chance to get down to the Mission, please consider going over and having some amazing food. Tell them Matt and Miriam sent you.


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damigella_314
Jun. 27th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
I am sometimes impressed by how much people love can love different things. Cuddyclothes has a keen interest for, well, clothes, and you (and others in the comm) enjoy food so much. I like eating, as you know, but not so that I would write a post about it. I do enjoy the vicarious pleasure, though, so keep them coming.

About restaurants closing, it's happening a lot in Italy too. It comes with the bad economy. Here in Germany I've found back most of the places I liked from 1994 and even a few that imho should have tanked - mostly because they serve pseudo Italian food.

Plus, there are now more non European ethnic restaurants, so that I've become addicted to a tiny Vietnamese place (the kind of place where, around seven, they tell the old man online on the corner table "You have to go now, uncle". It's always packed (except during the afternoon).
karaokegal
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Restaurants come and go, although as with TV shows, I get cranky when something I like goes through changes. I threw a fit when Il Cantuccio closed and took awhile to embrace Mozzeria going into that spot. Unfortunately restaurants operate on a miniscule profit margin and the rules and regulations and taxes make it nearly impossible to keep one going,

My interest in restaurants may reflect my lack of interest in taking responsibility for feeding myself i.e. cooking.
chocolate_frapp
Jun. 27th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
there are several awesome Indian/Pakistani places in the Mission. I'll miss Bombay Bazaar but I should give West of the Pecos a try.
"woody (not at all tinny)" snert. I see what you did there.
karaokegal
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
We've gotten some new ones in lately. Maharajah on Valencia is gone and replaced by a sea-food centric Indian place called Gajalee. Tried it once, not super impressed.

I was going to lampshade the Python reference, but I figured my peeps would get it on their own.
chocolate_frapp
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'll miss Maharajah. When I used to work in the Mission I used to go there on my lunch hour a lot.
karaokegal
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I miss it too. Harpa was a doll. I hope she and her family are doing ok. Valencia is busting out all over with new places though.
There's both a new Chinese and a new Thai on the same stretch as West of the Pecos and Ti Couz has been replaced by Giordano Brothers Sandwiches.
chocolate_frapp
Jun. 27th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
oo, that sounds like an East Coast type Italian deli by the name. I love old school Italian deli food and there aren't enough of them here IMHO.
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