Nicaragua Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 3015 Mission St

    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Cross street: at 20th St.

    Map & Directions
  • 415-826-3672

About Nicaragua Restaurant

Hours
Mon-Thu 11am-8:30pm, Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat 11am-9:30pm, Sun 11am-8:30pm, Open 7 Days

Food

Food
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Just north of Cesar Chavez on Mission is Nicaragua, a restaurant that I have been eating at for decades and which has managed not to mess up its signature dishes grilled or stewed pork with fried plantains, fried cheese, and cabbage salad on the side, or its (not piquant) onion and tomato salsa even through changes in ownership.

The empenadajas (stuffed with cheese or with ground meat) are good, but the entrees are too filling for me to order (as are desserts, including tres leches).

The carne asada (beefsteak) seems a bit tough to me. The fried whole fish is good, but the dish I go specifically there for is tajadas con chancho y queso. Whether stewed or grilled, the pork is tender and quite lean.

(BTW, if you have never had it, yucca has less flavor than potatoes; indeed, none at all that I can detect. Not all Latino food is spicy hot!)

The kitchen is slow. The waitresses are friendly (and bilingual)

My main frustration is that I don't know why it is necessary to ask for tortillas when the good arrives, especially when I ask for them when ordering, but every time ...

The jukebox can also be too loud. The decor is folk kitsch.

The restaurant does not accept credit cards or checks. It is open daily 11am-9pm.

PROS: pork
CONS: blaring jukebox sometimes

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★★★★☆

Just north of Cesar Chavez on Mission is Nicaragua, a restaurant that I have been eating at for decades and which has managed not to mess up its signature dishes grilled or stewed pork with fried plantains, fried cheese, and cabbage salad on the side, or its (not piquant) onion and tomato salsa even through changes in ownership.

The empenadajas (stuffed with cheese or with ground meat) are good, but the entrees are too filling for me to order (as are desserts, including tres leches).

The carne asada (beefsteak) seems a bit tough to me. The fried whole fish is good, but the dish I go specifically there for is tajadas con chancho y queso. Whether stewed or grilled, the pork is tender and quite lean.

(BTW, if you have never had it, yucca has less flavor than potatoes; indeed, none at all that I can detect. Not all Latino food is spicy hot!)

The kitchen is slow. The waitresses are friendly (and bilingual)

My main frustration is that I don't know why it is necessary to ask for tortillas when the good arrives, especially when I ask for them when ordering, but every time ...

The jukebox can also be too loud. The decor is folk kitsch.

The restaurant does not accept credit cards or checks. It is open daily 11am-9pm.

PROS: pork
CONS: blaring jukebox sometimes

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went for my first time as it is located close to where i live. they have some interesting decorations. the food was made fresh and the flavors were better than what i expected when i walked into the restaurant. i'd definately go back to this place

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★★★★☆

went for my first time as it is located close to where i live. they have some interesting decorations. the food was made fresh and the flavors were better than what i expected when i walked into the restaurant. i'd definately go back to this place

Pros: food, value, service

 

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