Sunday, June 28, 2015

the Little Chihuahua

Place: the Little Chihuahua[1]
Location: 292 Divisadero Street (near Page Street)
Hours: open on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am for "Brunch"
Meal: Chile Relleno ~ a grilled and roasted Poblano chile[2] stuffed with scrambled eggs, Mexican potatoes, sautéed Poblano chiles and onions, spinach, and goat cheese, smothered with Ranchero sauce and garnished with Cotija cheese and crispy fried tostadas (which is just a fancy way of saying "tortilla chips"); a large glass of piña agua fresca; and (beforehand) a small cuppa Peet's Coffee & Tea® Fair Trade Blend (this was their Dark Roast offering this morning)

(The reason for el Sábado Negro EweToobular juxtaselection is threefold[3]:

uno)  It is the weekend "Brunch" tradition at 
la Pequeña Chihuahua to always play a little Ozzy y amigos for the first hour or so after opening shop;

dos) This video happened to be subtitled en español;

tres) Who says that Ozzy can't croon a heartfelt ballad when needed?;

y cuatro) Not many people are aware that this song was actually written about Ozzy's favourite pet Chihuahua ~ who just happened to be named "Sabbath", and from which the band took its name ~ that had died earlier that year.[4])

I was originally planning on heading back over to redo Dante's Weird Fish (see previous 'blog-entry from November 3rd, 2013) before they close for good (I have heard that they are trying to sell the place and close up shop). However, due to the Pride Parade today, I didn't want to have to deal with crossing Market Street in any way (and if I were to circumnavigate Market Street to get to the Mission, it would have been about a ten to fifteen miles roundtrip; no thanks). So, instead, I just figured I'd redo the Little Chihuahua (see last 'blog-entry from June 29th, 2014 ~ which, serendipitously, was exactly a year ago today) as my last one for the month of June.

Their "Brunch" menu isn't that extensive, but the few (well, two previously) dishes that I have already had there have all been stellar. Next time I really have to check out their version of Chilaquiles, which generally are mi piedra de toque para los desayunos mexicanos. For drinks this morning, they also offered a sandía agua fresca and Passionfruit Mimosa (also, a "next time" choice).

As stated above, I got myself a cuppa Peet's® to enjoy while walking around the Panhandle a bit waiting for the Little Chihuahua to open up. I didn't espy any of the Wild Parrots of San Francisco there this morning, but there were a number of other caterwauling feather-brains all over the place. I saw several Crows (or possibly Ravens, I can't really tell the difference between the two unless they are standing side-by-each). There were also a number of Mourning Doves, Robins, Hummingbirds, and several u/i Little Brown Birds.

Ay, Chihuahuahita!!!

This was another complete winner of a breakfastary ("Brunchery", whatever) dish for me. This was very, very good, but just not quite as excellent as the Stacked Enchiladas that I had the last time I ate there. Even if I had never had the Stacked Enchiladas before, this one is definitely recommendation-worthy and worth a return trip on its own merits (or merits a return trip on its own worth, even). They state that this is "stuffed with goat cheese", but I am pretty sure that there was also some Monterey Jack cheese in with the mess, too. I particularly liked the inclusion of lots of crunchy Mexican potatoes crispitos stuffed inside the Poblano chilli, too. I probably would have asked for a side of the Mexican potatoes otherwise; they are pretty decent on their ownsome. 

For pre-packaged (pre-bottled, whatever) condimentary supplements, the Little Chihuahua offers just Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce on all the tables. Of course, that seems completely superfluous to me, as they offer five or six of their own superb, homemade salsas frescas. I used some of their very tasty Chipotle and a little Habanero-Lime in which to dip the tortilla chips ("crispy fried tostadas", whatever). The Habanero-Lime really isn't that espicy, but it does have a great fresh flavour with lots of lime in it.

Once again, after breakfast, I went back to 
Bi-Rite Creamery for a coupla scoops of Ice Cream. This morning's flavours were a scoop of Peach (with Masumoto peaches) and a scoop of Balsamic Strawberry. I figured that was a very decent Summer combination.

It's really not surprising in the least that the Little Chihuahua has the initials "TLC", as this was another muy buen desayuno.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Chile Relleno ~ 7.1; 
Bi-Rite Creamery Ice Cream ~ 7.2; 
Peet's® Fair Trade Blend ~ 6.5


1. Just in case no one has ever heard of this particular breed of indigenous perrito mexicano, here is a link from the friendly people at WikipediA:

However, there is no truth to the rumour that "Chihuahua" meant "yippy, little ankle-biter" in the Nahuatl language.

2. Here is another link from the folks at WikipediA (mainly because I am just too lazy to look it up myself):

3. Okay, there were really four reasons, but I didn't think that "fourfold" was an actual word and I just hate any of those madeuppery words (I have discovered that it is an actual word; or, at least for a change, the Nazi Spell-checkering jeenyuses at Microsoft have no problem with it). Besides, you just try folding a juxtaselection more than three times without any difficulty.

4. Please tell me that no one actually bought any of that bazofia.

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