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So-Cal Street Food Restaurant Opens in Former Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack Space

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this image of amazing looking queso fundido comes from Zach M. on Yelp

I spent some pretty amazing evening drinking 40s and eating meatballs at the original Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack. While it’s exciting that they moved to a new space, their original space has been empty ever since. That is until three months ago when Chicano Nuevo moved in and quietly began their soft opening.

Well the quiet period is over and Chicano Nuevo is officially busting out the Tijuana style tapas. Chef Abraham Nunez is from Chula Vista (in San Diego) and he’s brought his love of So-Cal Mexican food to the SF masses. Consdiering I grew up in San Diego I’m pretty excited to check this out.

According to the press release we got today:

Starting as a scrappy pop-up of no acclaim, Chicano Nuevo is now a full-fledged venture, with private backers, and a loyal neighborhood following. Its menu is down-to-earth classics such as queso fundido with chorizo, and Nunez’s award-winning vegetarian three-cheese tamales.

Yeah, that sounds amazing. My advice is this: get in there now before the lines become your typical SF clusterfuck. I’ll be popping by soon myself.

Chicano Nuevo
18 Virginia St. @ Mission
[Bernal Heights]
Open 5:30pm to 12:30pm Monday through Saturday
Learn more here.


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1 Comment

  1. Kathryn Jean
    January 4, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I was so excited about this place!! It sounded like an awesome use of a beloved space. But I ate here about a month ago and it was really disappointing. The service and food was pretty bad, sadly. I left a review on their Squarespace feedback (no Yelp page yet) mentioning what the experience was like and that we probably wouldn’t be back again. Chef Abraham Nunez wrote me back saying the service had been corrected and invited me to come back, this time on him. And if I liked the food, please write a review. I’d love to go back and see if it’s improved. I usually never write negative reviews but since this place was so beloved as Emmy’s and the excitement level was unusually high, I suppose I felt like saying something.