WHAT FOLLOWS IS NOT PRIMARILY ABOUT FOOD. IT’S ABOUT UTILITY. But it’s also about food. I’ll explain. Pictured above is the exterior of El Rancho Grande, the only “traditional” taqueria in our neighborhood. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Little Chihuahua supporter. However, sometimes you just want a classic taqueria taco over a Bananarito (which is what I call the plantain burrito over at the ‘LC). More importantly, Little Chihuahua closes at 11:00pm, and depending on which station one finds himself in their evening, this may or may not suffice.
Basically, if you are drunk and it’s late and you’re hungry there really aren’t many options on Divis. NOPA serves awesome food until 1:00am, but why treat yourself when you are just going to wolf it down in an inebriated frenzy?
Enter El Rancho Grande. The food here is good, cheap, and their salsa bar checks out:
Of course, the real kicker is the fact that it stays open well into the night. From Sunday through Thursday they are open until Midnight, and on Fridays and Saturdays they are open until 2:00am. This makes it officially the latest place one can grab a much needed bite to eat in the neighborhood on the weekends.
The second piece of pragmatic advice involves Little Star Pizza.
But it doesn’t have to do with their excellent deep-dish cuisine. It has to do with their ATM:
Look closely and you’ll see that the fee for using the ATM at Little Star is a mere 25 cents. This rules, and speaks volumes about the community-minded and just overall good-natured attitude of the people over at Little Star. While some establishments across the country choose to strong arm the little guy, these Champions of ‘Zah (and The People) allow customers to withdraw cash for a truly nominal fee. Who does that? And if you don’t believe me, see below:
Boom! Great pizza and a nearly no-fee ATM. What are these people, communists? Hmmm. Come to think of it, the logo does bear a strong resemblance to another famous “little star”…
El Rancho Grande
865 Divisadero Street
Sunday to Thursday open til’ 12:00am
Friday to Saturday open til’ 2:00am
Little Star Pizza
846 Divisadero Street
Monday to Thursday 5:00pm - 10:pm
Friday to Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm