We find ourselves at this family run, authentic Mexican restaurant from time to time, usually on a Sunday at lunchtime, but should try it for dinner one of these days. Los Jarritos is casual and lively and usually filled to capacity. There are two things that make me recommend a Sunday visit; it's during the weekend when they serve goat (birra) as well as menudo, and it is also the day when I'm certain there will be a Mariachi band there in the early afternoon. The two men with guitars in the photo were followed by a four or five piece Mariachi band in full costume.
Sure, every Mexican restaurant in the state will serve tortilla chips, but these were freshly fried. Better yet, the corn tortillas are made on the premises. Tasting delightfully fresh and soft, they are also thicker than commercially made tortillas. Being able to order a nopale quesadia, Quesadia Arturo ($5.50), was a first for me. Seeing them so many times in small grocery stores in the Mission district, I've always wanted to see how they were cooked and this was my big chance. Nice, similar to a thick walled, roasted chile in texture, with a mild, slightly acidic taste. I'd order these again.
Undoubtedly, the Deanna's Enchiladas Mole is the item we order time and time again. It's so very good with chicken that it is the single handed reason for the non investigation of most other items available on the menu. For $12.95 the enchiladas come with both rice and refried beans for a complete meal. We've tried the chicken mole, but nothing beats the combination of mole sauce and corn tortillas. If they put just that on the menu, we'd be likely to order it.
Birra is something that is very common in many countries, yet seldom seen here, so the opportunity to eat it seldom escapes me. It is not as gamy as most people suspect, less so than some lamb, but it is stronger than pork or beef; all the better as far as I'm concerned. Texturally, goat reminds me of a chuck roast, it's stringy, but tender all the same.
UPDATE: In 2010 Los Jarritos became
901 S Van Ness Avenue(between 20th St & 21st St)
San Francisco, CA 94110