¡Ay Papi!


Photo by Daniel Azarkman.

A while back, Tasting Table tweeted that La Oaxaqueña was opening a sister restaurant down the road. Well, it’s open, and it’s called ~PAPI’S FUSION DELI~. My intern reports: “Their aim is to serve ‘global cuisine,’ but the menu reads like diluted Mexican. They’ve got tortas, tamales, and burritos, plus American-corner-store-style sandwiches, and a couple of Asian-influenced salads. They also make a few tropical smoothies called licuados, with a couple of unique flavors like plantain and mamey (kind of like papaya), and Mexican hot chocolate with chile, ginger, and soy milk options. The tamales seem like the bedrock of the menu, and both the corn-husk and banana-leaf styles are available. One unusual offering is a banana-leaf tamal filled with collard greens and ‘soy meat’ (I’m guessing Soyrizo?).” A Chowhound report mentions “a deli case of French smoked herring, wood-smoked trout, couscous, guacamole, and other stuff. They might have some of the same pastries from La Oaxaqueña behind the deli case.” Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, and Fri-Sat until 2:30am. You too can embrace the fusion at 2348 Mission St. at 19th St.