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Little Chihuahua, The MissionOMR: 7.33
581 Valencia
cross street: 17th St.
ph. 415/355-9144
Map Visits: 1
The Little Chihuahua's newest foray is set in the eye of the city's slabular storm: No area in San Francisco is quite as taqueria-crowded as this part of the Mission. And while this shop's signature supporting elements — warm chips, ace horchata, welcoming service — are all out in full force, our first visit was tripped up by a surprisingly substandard burrito. Brunch available on weekends; bottled and draught beer, wine, and sangria also on offer. Credit cards accepted.

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03/13/13Super Carne Asada$8.757.33 Mustaches
Swish: spiciness (10); burstage abatement (10); vegetables (9); tortilla (8)
Shrug: meat (7); beans (7); cheese (7); size (6); rice (6); sauciness (6); temperature (6)
Clang: ingredient mix (5)
Intangibility bonus: 1 (of 2)

It was wee, it was inundated with rice, and it was hampered by an amateurish ingredient mix. That's no way to say hello, is it? We expect greater things from the Little Chihuahua at this point. This rice-heavy slabette suffered from several unhot bites due to its dodgy ingredient distribution, so as much as we enjoyed the bright flavor of the guacamole, it dominated too much at times. In all this confusion, the refried pinto beans and juicy carne asada were sadly relegated to the background — a particular bummer in the latter's case — while the whole situation certainly could have been saucier. We appreciated the major spiciness, all-pro construction, and top-shelf pico de gallo (and guacamole, unremitting as it was); our pint-sized lunch was also nicely foiled, which doesn't really count for anything, but we're trying to go out on a positive note here.