I finally got to Gracias Madre! It’s been on the list for a while but weekends in the Mission are kind of a pain in the butt. My coworkers decided to take me there and it was a great lunch. I was the only veg there but hey, everyone was really flexible. I was pretty happy. Let me tell ya, the food was a lot quicker than Cafe Gratitude. Plus, the food was cooked. Thanks for not being total crazy hippies. At least on this visit.
The inside was really nice. There’s a bit of outside seating too. Of course we were sat at a big table in the middle of the restaurant where there was no light. So forgive the photos. I tried. I was also the only food blogger at the table so I tried not to be a pain in the ass. That’s hard for me. We got there early, really before the lunch rush so there were plenty of tables open. They started filling up pretty quickly.
We ordered a few appetizers. Guacamole (not pictured) had a bit of a kick and was served with warm tortillas. The gorditas were great, kind of greasy and with a kick from the salsa verde. I had some of this even though it had avocado. Honestly, I think everything in the restaurant had avocado. Seriously. The quesadillas had sweet potatoes and caramelized onions. As you can see they were fatties. Everyone enjoyed them but I passed since both avocado and sweet potato in the same dish is enough for me to pass on. Especially since I had an entrée coming up!
I got the torta special. It also came with avocado on the caesar AND in the sandwich. They were cool enough to leave it off. They said french bread but this was definitely an Italian Ciabatta. No worries. It was still damn tasty with beans, pico de gallo, cashew crema and some veggies. Very tasty but everything seemed to blend on the palette after awhile. I was looking forward to the chocolate cake but there was no way that was going to fit in my stomach. Next time!