La Cocina Municipal Marketplace
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The gist: San Francisco-based nonprofit incubator La Cocina has long focused on supporting immigrant- and women-of-color-led food businesses. Now, their long-awaited food hall has opened, with six standout food offerings, and a bar called La Paloma. The newest addition: Fluid Coffee Cooperative Cafe, a coffee pop-up from trans activists JoJo Ty, Santana Tapia, and Shannon Amitin.
The food: Take yourself on a delicious world tour with Creole fare from Boug Cali, Salvadoran pupusas from Estrellita’s Snacks, halal North African classics from Kayma, standout Mexican fare from Los Cilantros and Mi Morena, and delicious Senegalese offerings from Teranga.
The cost: Prices range depending on the vendor, but snacks and sides start around $4, with full meals topping out at $16.
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This first-ever women-led food hall in the United States was much-anticipated and for good reason. We can’t pick between the two Mexican spots, as they’re both phenomenal. Los Cilantros is all about a large selection of tostadas and fan-favorite ensalada de col, a simple salad not to be skipped. Mi Morena focuses on Mexican street food, like fish tacos and quesadilla chilangas. You can also order taco kits, which include everything you need to build 24 or 48 tacos, which seems like a great option for entertaining, a thing we can (almost) do now. Every restaurant inside of the food hall also has a $5 plate, which is a nutritionally complete meal and a way to give back to the Tenderloin community.