Tropisueño is a taqueria by day and a full service restaurant at
night that serves traditional Mexican food. My quest as always,
to have a gluten free and dairy free meal that tastes good and
causes me no problems. I love Mexican food, especially when it’s
all prepared from scratch and they can tell you every ingredient
and the process they used to make it. With Tropisueño I hit the
While out touring the area around our hotel in San Francisco,
my friend and I walked by here and stopped in to see what was
on their lunch menu. It was lunch and the taqueira was in full
swing. It looked good so we thought we would return for a
meal. As luck would have it three wonderful bloggers were
hosting a BlogHer Food Conference After Party there. It was an
Tropisueño did not stop the entire time we were there, with
passing plates of mini portions of their food. With every plate
that came out we could ask our server if it contained gluten or
dairy and if they didn’t know for sure, they went and
immediately found out. At one point they were serving chicken
mole on flat bread. The chicken mole would have been fine, but
of course not the flat bread. They went back into the kitchen
and made a plate of chicken mole on tortilla chips just for us.
The service and the food during the party was so top notch that
some friends and I and I decided to go back for dinner our last
night in San Francisco. Our server Felica really knew her menu
and ingredients. If she was unsure of anything she double-
checked with the kitchen. You could tell she knew what gluten
free really meant. You can always tell by what a server says to
you and the questions they ask. When servers can talk the
gluten free language, ask questions and talk with the kitchen, it
makes me feel more comfortable eating at their restaurant.
This comes down to training. Tropisueño obviously does a great
job training their staff.
This being our last night, I knew I couldn’t have lots of leftovers.
I was getting on a plane at noon and wouldn’t have much time
to nibble. I however was going to have a big problem.
Tropisueño has a great menu. On one side were Mariscos-
Seafood and Antojitos – Starters and the other Entradas-
Entrees. There wasn’t anything on there I couldn’t eat either
as is or with a few modification and the cheese left out.
Decisions, decisions. I ordered guacamole first to go along with
the chips and salsa being served. *Always check that the chips
are not fried in the same oil as flour tortillas. The guacamole
was great but I already knew this since I had some at the party.
I decided to order Scallops de Hacha a la Plancha. Seared sea
scallops on a plaintain-chorizo hash with an avocado-tomatillo
salsa. Melt in your mouth deliciousness. The scallops were
perfectly cooked and the hash was amazing.
For my main course I ordered Albondigas Guisadas. This is a
traditional stew with meatballs, potatoes and carrots. This
stew was amazing. The meatballs were very tender and
flavorful with sausage, rice, cilantro and maybe a little mint.
They swam in the most amazing broth that had a deep rich
flavor. There were layers and layers of flavor with ingredients
that I was trying to pick out. I think I figured out a few but I’m
not sure. I wish they would share this recipe with me. I could
live on this Albondigas Guisadas.
The only problem was I couldn’t finish it all. I was getting full
from all of the other delicious food I was eating. So they sent
me home with the leftover soup but didn’t put too much of the
broth so I could take it to the airport with me. I hated to give
up that broth but I did want to eat those leftovers. Better than
anything I would get anywhere in the airport.
Beto and Noe did a great job of making delicious food that was
gluten free and dairy free for me. Chef Antelmo Faria has put
together a wonderful menu. There is a lot of variety and the
prices are right. But most importantly, the execution of the
food and service was top notch. Now there were only two
starters and one entree that were vegetarian, but they could
adjust a few more of their menu items to accommodate. If I
lived in San Francisco, I would be a regular at this restaurant
and if I travel back to the city, I will definitely Go Back!
Originally published by Diane Elbin (a.k.a. The GF Food Critic) on
The W.H.O.L.E. Gang website (http://www.thewholegang.org)
and submitted to GlutenFreeTravelSite with permission.