One of the tastiest lunches we've had in our recent wanderings comes from Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry and her 11th Street lunch operation inside the Garage Caf called Juhu Beach Club. The space is basically a bodega/liquor store with a deli setup at the front, and Mistry's been doing a lunch-only menu of hot sandwiches, salads, and snacks for the past few months. The best thing we've tried so far is a special on Taco Tuesdays: Uncle's Chicken Curry Tacos with Auntie's cabbage.
We've all seen Korean tacos, and even some that are vaguely French. But Mistry's up to something very delicious with her version of chicken curry stuffed inside tortillas and topped with pickled red cabbage, cilantro, and raita. The curry is well spiced and the whole dish, with the acid of the cabbage, the rich spiciness of the curry, and cool yogurt, is perfectly balanced. We could eight of these things, but actually two of them for a mere eight bucks is plenty for a filling lunch. Try some yourself, next Tuesday.
Juhu Beach Club - Inside the Garage Cafe, 320 11th Street - 415.298.0471 - Open Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Earlier on Actually Pretty Awesome:
Buttermilk Panna Cotta at SPQR
The Egg Sandwich at Blue Fig
Lolos Mexican- and Turkish-Influenced Small Plates
The Tripe and the Pickles at Bar Tartine
A Dinner of Small Plates at Frances
The Fondue Service at Fondue Cowboy
Brunch at Barndiva