Past the mission, I once knew a hot girl
posted September 8, 2015 9:46 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri September 11 at 7:00 PM, Virgil's Sea Room
3152 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
I am visiting the Bay Area for the first time and would like burritos, booze, and MeFites.
I'm not sure if El Farolito serves alcohol (website is down), so if a native can recommend a place that serves excellent burritos and excellent drinks, I'd be much obliged. VENUE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO VIRGIL'S AND EVENT IS NOW BYOB (BRING YOUR OWN BURRITO).

Also, I listed this for Thursday because I figured more people would be free on short notice on a weekday, but I'm also up for Friday if it suits more people. THIS HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FRIDAY.
posted by unannihilated to Meetup (50 comments total)

I'm busy on Thursday, but free Friday.

Yelp says El Farolito is beer & wine only. If that's okay with you it's okay with me. There's also a million hits for taquerias I have never heard of that have good reviews and full bars, which might be fun for margaritas or something.
posted by aubilenon at 12:57 AM on September 9, 2015

El Farrolito has my favorite Mission burritos within half a mile of my apartment (which includes tough competition) but it would be very crowded for a meet-up, especially at dinner time, and as noted only has bottles of beer (and wine? I don't recall).

But it would be a great place to start, and then we could wander to The Phoenix (for another Mexican-style restaurant), Dovre Club (a more divey option), Virgil's (which seems to have become a default around here but has great cocktails, a big patio, but no food), or somewhere else in the area.
posted by mountmccabe at 7:15 AM on September 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm headed to a concert up the street later, so I might be able to stop by for a few hours beforehand!
posted by books for weapons at 8:08 AM on September 9, 2015

Oh! I thought the Airplane! meetup was that day, but that's next week.
posted by Pronoiac at 8:50 AM on September 9, 2015

:(((( Alas! booked.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:10 AM on September 9, 2015

Shoot, I'm out of town. Have fun!

(I'd actually recommend the other El Farolito a bit farther down 24th if you want to actually meet people since it's often less crowded and is still pretty central. They're both awesome though.)
posted by en forme de poire at 9:51 AM on September 9, 2015

The other option for combining booze and burritos is to have the meetup at a bar (traditionally the Mission Bar on Mission at 23rd) and everyone brings their burritos or tacos to the bar.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:14 AM on September 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

And of course, I'm always a fan of Virgil's!
posted by gingerbeer at 11:16 AM on September 9, 2015

And and not free on Thursday but I am on Friday.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:16 AM on September 9, 2015

ausdemfenster and I are both in for either Thursday or Friday.
posted by mountmccabe at 12:50 PM on September 9, 2015

I'd like some place where everyone can sit down and easily converse and mingle, so it sounds like transporting burritos would be better. Would any of the places mentioned work for that?

Mission Bar
Dovre Club
The Phoenix
Any other candidates?

Fancy cocktails are everywhere in New York, so I'm pretty over that. I'm in more of a Mexican mood (I plan to eat SO MANY burritos) so good margaritas or other tequila drinks would be great if people can think of a handy place.

Also, it's sounding like Friday is better than Thursday for more people. mountmccabe and ausdemfenster, can you guys make Friday?
posted by unannihilated at 12:56 PM on September 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Ah, mountmccabe, you read my mind! Any objectors to moving this to Friday then?
posted by unannihilated at 12:58 PM on September 9, 2015

I don't think I can make it Friday, but have fun!
posted by books for weapons at 1:22 PM on September 9, 2015

Virgil's has good mezcal drinks (including a very tasty pitcher of margaritas). With the weather as warm as it is blech it'd be a shame to waste their excellent back patio.

We (gingerbeer and I) are maybes, I think - she's got a bad cold and I am apparently wavering on the "will I or won't I?" edge of coming down with it.
posted by rtha at 3:57 PM on September 9, 2015

La Taqueria is also right there, as is Cancun.
posted by gingerbeer at 5:55 PM on September 9, 2015

Virgil's back patio is one of my favorites!
posted by captivepredator at 8:45 PM on September 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Mezcal drinks are tasty! Does Virgil's have a problem with people bringing food in?
posted by unannihilated at 9:37 PM on September 9, 2015

No problem at all. Bringing in food is totally fine.
posted by gingerbeer at 9:45 PM on September 9, 2015

Then let's go with Virgil's, and I'll change the time to 7pm to give people time to get their burritos. Any objections or counter proposals?
posted by unannihilated at 9:49 PM on September 9, 2015

There's also a bbq joint across the street (Baby Blues), as well as Chinese (Jasmine Tea House) and a Vietnamese (Lotus House Garden) a little further south on Mission, in case people aren't feeling burrito-y. And there's Rosamunde's for sausages at 24th and Mission if you want that. Word has it that San Jose (next to 24th St Mission BART on the SW corner) has the BEST carnitas.
posted by rtha at 9:53 PM on September 9, 2015

Taqueria San Jose: I wasn't impressed by their carnitas (I am partial to mine) but their Al Pastor is stellar.
posted by mountmccabe at 11:03 PM on September 9, 2015

Does Virgil's have air conditioning?
posted by Pronoiac at 1:30 PM on September 10, 2015

Ha ha ha ha!
posted by rtha at 2:37 PM on September 10, 2015

Not sure I can make it, but I would throw Salvadorean food into the mix for a first-timer in the area. The place across the street from Cancun has good pupusas and pastelitos.
posted by rhizome at 2:45 PM on September 10, 2015

If you mean El Zocalo, they have, very sadly, closed.
posted by gingerbeer at 4:11 PM on September 10, 2015

No, Los Panchos, next to The Royal Cuckoo. I did like El Zocalo better tho.
posted by rhizome at 4:14 PM on September 10, 2015

If we're early enough, my MeFi-active human vs. the one who just hears about it all the time will bring a super burrito from La Espiga De Oro, that hole in the wall on 24th/Florida with visibly justified sketchy sketchy health scores, reliably long long waits, and yummy yummy everything.

Otherwise, maybe the Kobe burger, rare, from the sausage & pie place in the old Discolandia store. Or maybe the beef tongue with pickled golden beets. Consistently high health scores, consistently indifferent counter staff, consistently necessary to check your to-go boxes before leaving.

Yes, Porniac, Virgil's has air conditioning. Of sorts.
posted by captivepredator at 5:34 PM on September 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

I will try to come ...
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 10:57 PM on September 10, 2015

I might get there around 7:20, but I'm guessing the lines for places will be super long then. Maybe I'll bring something from downtown instead?
posted by halifix at 8:01 AM on September 11, 2015

I will be there and I am likely bringing a Mefite from London! I'll be there around 8 p.m. (Halifix, I think you can get food without super long lines.)
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 4:36 PM on September 11, 2015

Okay, it's Litereally.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 4:39 PM on September 11, 2015

This nicely fills a hole in my schedule and burrito-sized hole in my stomach. I'll come by.
posted by zachlipton at 5:25 PM on September 11, 2015

Actually I can't read -- Litereally may not get in in time -- but I'll be there!
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 6:24 PM on September 11, 2015

We are heading over to El Farrolito to procure dinner and then will walk down!
posted by mountmccabe at 6:40 PM on September 11, 2015

Hi I am here early, I'll be the red haired one looking at my phone, going to get a seat in the back. Plz say hi to me.
posted by bleep at 6:40 PM on September 11, 2015

I'm so excited I came early too! (I'm sorry, some of the excitement is for the burrito.) I'm the blonde with dark glasses and red lipstick looking hungrily at her burrito bag and talking to bleep. We are in back. Patio doesn't look to have space for 10 but we can migrate if people want.
posted by unannihilated at 6:51 PM on September 11, 2015

We migrated outside because the music was loud inside.
posted by unannihilated at 6:53 PM on September 11, 2015

I am the one standing in a slow line at la taqueria, if someone wants something.

edit: nvm
posted by halifix at 7:01 PM on September 11, 2015

Sorry, we are bagging tonight. I feel like crud and gingerbeer has laryngitis. Have fun and hi!

(If anyone wants something to do tomorrow evening, we're going to our friend and tattoo artist Tanya's art opening at Blackbird bar, on Market. Starts at 6. She's a splendid painter and Blackbird has splendid cocktails.)
posted by rtha at 7:09 PM on September 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm heading over now.. see you all in ~15m!
posted by I made this account so Matt could have a $5 beer at 7:10 PM on September 11, 2015

I'm now in the La Taqueria line. See you guys soon.
posted by zachlipton at 7:17 PM on September 11, 2015

sorry. I'm trying not to talk
posted by gingerbeer at 7:26 PM on September 11, 2015

We are now the large group in the back corner.
posted by mountmccabe at 8:04 PM on September 11, 2015

Feel better rtha and gingerbeer! Also hugs from Seattle!
posted by en forme de poire at 8:29 PM on September 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

I am said London mefite Claudia mentioned and I am at the airport waiting for my uber to come to the bar. So if you'll still be there in an hour I will be there!
posted by litereally at 8:36 PM on September 11, 2015 [3 favorites]

Thanks for coming, everyone! It was great to see or meet you all!
posted by unannihilated at 10:56 PM on September 11, 2015 [5 favorites]

It was fun! Thanks for organizing it!
posted by aubilenon at 11:14 PM on September 11, 2015

By the way, I'm just bumming around the Bay Area today, so I'd love to stop by your friend's art show and check out Blackbird (which I have heard nice things about) and meet you, gb and rtha.
posted by unannihilated at 11:19 AM on September 12, 2015 [2 favorites]

And thank you to rtha and gingerbeer for a second meetup and filling me in on SF area political issues!
posted by unannihilated at 3:29 PM on September 13, 2015

Delighted to! I hope the rest of your visit was good.
posted by gingerbeer at 5:24 PM on September 13, 2015

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