Emmanuel Cafe has cleared all of the permitting and inspection hurdles the city could throw at it, and is now open for business, officially opening its doors this past Sunday.
Fans of Cuco's, the former inhabitant of the space, can take comfort in the fact that there is plenty of Salvadoran food to be had at 488 Haight St. now that Emmanuel Cafe has taken over, including pupusas, empanadas, fried yuca, chile relleno, enchiladas, and more. You can also choose from a wide selection of the caffeinated offerings you'd expect from a cafe, as well as a full breakfast menu that includes omelettes, pancakes, and bagels.
As you can see from the full menu, there is also Yucatecan food like tamales yucatecos on offer, and vegetarians will find plenty to eat at Emmanuel Cafe as well. Here's a look at the full menu:
Owners Irene Allen and Ariel Balam are good friends. They tell Hoodline that the pupusas and the American breakfast items are their best-sellers so far.
As you can see below, the interior has been revamped somewhat, with the addition of a new counter, a more closed-off kitchen area, and table seating as well as bar seating along the window overlooking Haight Street.
Emmanuel Cafe is now open Monday to Thursday from 7am to 9pm, and Friday to Sunday from 7am to 10pm, so stop on by and let us know what you think of the new spot.