Tidbits: Taqueria La Alteña Returns, Lunch at Mourad, Irving Cafe


Tacos from La Alteña. Yelp photo by George Z.

After a tragic fire destroyed their space in January, ~TAQUERIA LA ALTEÑA~ has reopened just across the street. Mission Local reports that they’ve found a new home adjacent to Cava 22 at the corner of 22nd Street and Bartlett. The taqueria is actually owned by Ramon Valle, who opened it in the late 1980s, and Cava 22 is owned by his brother Samuel Valle, so the merging of the two businesses into one space makes a lot of sense. In addition to taqueria classics like tacos, burritos, tortas, and menudo on weekends, you can also order a margarita from Cava 22 to enjoy with your meal! 3239 22nd St. at Bartlett, 415-642-7224.

As of last Monday July 27th, downtown’s ~MOURAD~ is serving lunch Monday through Friday. The lunch menu includes many of the dishes from the dinner menu, minus the family-style large-format plates, and also offers some new items, including avocado toast with albacore, grapefruit, cress, and marash ash, as well as a chicken dish with fregola, mushroom, olive, berbere cream, and citrus. There is also a selection of lunch cocktails. Hours are Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. 140 New Montgomery St. at Minna, 415-660-2500.

According to Yelpers, there is a new boba tea and snack café on Irving, called ~IRVING CAFE~. There is a large menu of drinks, including rose tea and several different jelly options for your drink. There are also snacks like egg puffs with various toppings, and rice bowls. 716 Irving St. at 8th Ave., 415-664-1366.