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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cashew Cheese Isn't the Only Thing That Sets Gracias Madre Apart from Neighboring Taquerias

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 5:07 PM

click to enlarge Seriously nutty: Queso fundido of cashew cheese and Brussels sprouts. - M. LADD
  • M. Ladd
  • Seriously nutty: Queso fundido of cashew cheese and Brussels sprouts.
Maybe the most surprising thing about Café Gratitude spinoff Gracias Madre? The week-old spot is decidedly nicer than other taquerias, without seeming fussy. The menu is 100 percent organic and vegan, with a few raw dishes.

click to enlarge Tortillas are handmade. - M. LADD
  • M. Ladd
  • Tortillas are handmade.
Starters include guacamole ($6), a quesadilla made with butternut squash and cashew cheese ($7), Caesar salad ($8), and crispy tostadas with refried beans and roasted chiles ($5). We went for the intriguing-sounding coles de bruslas con queso fundido ($7) a dish of Brussels sprouts with cashew cheese and crisp garlicky breadcrumbs.

Entrees include tacos ($10 for 3), enchiladas ($12), tamales ($10), and a platillo de legumbres ($12) -- two sides of your choice, with rice, beans, and handmade tortillas. Chiles rellenos ($14) brought roasted poblano chiles filled with squash, epazote, and more of that nut cheese. Liquid offerings include beer, wine, and cocktails, along with aguas frescas and homemade ginger ale and lemonade.

Gracias Madre 2211 Mission (at 18th St.), 683-1346; open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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