West of Pecos Restaurant Review written by Culinary Guide, Emily Drevets
Put on your cowboy boots and yell yee-haw because you’re headed to the wild west, or should I say, the wild tex-west. West of Pecos is a kitschy southwestern restaurant in the Mission with food that impresses even the biggest outlaws.
The Place: Strings of dried chilis, carved wooden tables, multiple fireplaces, a bigger-than-life-size longhorn skull, and the most gigantic rattlesnake skin you’ve ever seen. No, this is not the prop list for a John Wayne western remake, but just some of the flavor that greets you when you walk into West of Pecos, even before taking a bite. It’s not uncommon to be seated by the owner, Tyler Macniven, in his characteristic pink snap-button western shirt, setting the laid-back and ultra-hospitable mood that provides the perfect back-drop for stellar food.
The Food and the Drink: To start, I enjoyed the creamy (almost silky) house-made chorizo queso (topped with sliced jalapeno) and perfectly thin chips. Luckily, I did not fill up too much to enjoy the pork belly flautas, which was a real knock-out dish. The flautas come two to the plate on a bed of lightly pickled cabbage and a side of chipotle aioli. Encased within a golden and crispy fried flour tortilla is slow-cooked pork belly with tomatillo salsa that bursts with flavor. The sweet notes of the pork are accentuated with a drizzle of honey on the out-side, as well as some queso fresco.
I paired it with a mezcal drink, as one should do when in the Southwest. It was the Ro-deo Ghost, with mezcal, amaro, and grapefruit-infused vermouth. The herby amaro complemented the smokiness of the mezcal. All that was missing was a trusty steed and a sunset to ride in to.
The Must-Do: If you’re there for brunch (and you should be), get the Austin Breakfast Taco and eat it with your hands because it’s a messy affair. Maple glazed pork belly, eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado, and chipotle aioli on a soft flour tortilla. Yumzers.
The Details: West of Pecos in the Mission District
Open for Dinner
Mon – Thurs, 5:00 – 10 pm
Fri: 5 – 11:30 pm
Sat: 11 am – 11:30 pm
Sun: 11 am – 10 pm
550 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
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