[Photos: Patricia Chang]
Hayes Valley is getting an infusion of Mexican flavor with today's opening of Papito West, the spinoff of Potrero Hill's four-year-old Papito. Jocelyn Bulow of Chez Papa Bistrot and Chez Maman and co-owner and manager David Alexander are behind the expansion, which brings a much-needed Mexican outlet to the neighborhood; they've already achieved success with bringing Potrero's long-running Chez Maman to a location across the street.
The former Moishe's Pippic space now boasts a clean and bright vibe with a high, wood-beamed ceiling, an exhibition kitchen, and banquette seating along one wall. There are 32 seats, plus eight stools at the bar and eight more out on the sidewalk.
Food comes courtesy of chef Reynol Martinez, who's coming off a stint at now-shuttered FiDi spot Machka. He's got a full menu of tacos, burritos and quesadillas on offer, plus small plates like elote asado, calamari frito and albondigas. Large plates offer more hearty fare such as pescado a la Veracruzana, fajitas, pork chops and carne asada, and a raw bar (unique to this location) will have ceviche, oysters, crudo and shrimp cocktails. Here's the full menu. Beer, wine and six varieties of agua fresca will be available to wash it all down.
Starting today, the new spot is open weekdays for lunch and dinner from 11:30am-11pm. Weekend brunch will be served from 10am-4pm, with the regular dinner menu kicking in from 4pm-11pm.
· Papito Expansion, Chain Grocery Headed to Hayes Valley [~ ESF ~]
· Chez Maman Team Snags Moishe's Pippic Space [~ ESF ~]
· Moishe's Pippic Is Shutting Down [~ ESF ~]