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Your Guide to Mexican Independence Day: Lo Más Chingón de Las Fiestas Patrias

BY Remezcla Estaff | PUBLISHED: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Your Guide to Mexican Independence Day: Lo Más Chingón de Las Fiestas Patrias

On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo from Dolores, Mexico along with several conspirators – including Iganacio Allende and Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez- rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to rise up against the Spanish and cast off the 300 years of mostly devastating colonial rule (deadly epidemics that demolished the indigenous population, strict racial stratification, economic exploitation, etc.) This was the beginning of the Mexican Independence War, which lasted 10 years, and was pretty much a total downer. However! The end result – Mexican Independence – not only paved the way for Mexico’s self-determination, it also paved the way for an annual reventón of epic proportions. So it’s really the gift that keeps on giving. Here at Remezcla we want you to celebrate Mexican Independence in true Mexican style – con una corrida de juerga – so we’ve put together a guide for where to Eat/Drink/Party/Scream/Then Drunkenly Eat Some More in your city. ¡Qué viva México, carajo!

NYMIACHILA SF

San Francisco
FOOD & DRINK GUIDE

Eating a foil wrapped super burrito with an Indio in the park is a fine way to spend a typical Sunday afternoon, but are you really gonna try to celebrate the independence of the country that gave the world corn, squash, chiles, tomatoes, avocados, chocolate, and even vanilla with a spinach tortilla wrap? No manches guey! Although a decent taqueria can be found on almost any corner in San Francisco, a first-rate Mexican restaurant can be hard to come by – so, here is our guide to top Mexican restaurants in which to celebrate the cuisine of Mexico.

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MAMACITA

mamacita2317 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA
(415) 346-8494

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Mamacita has consistently been praised as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area for their ability to elevate Mexican cuisine with their innovative use of local ingredients in highlighting traditional flavors. Downside? Well, it’s in the Marina. Fine dining at a reasonable price (awarded Michelin’s Bib Gourmand quality and value). Reservations can be hard to come by so call ahead!

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COLIBRI MEXICAN BISTRO

colibri438 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 440-2737

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Another Bib Gourmand winner, this restaurant will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day all week with regional specials such as Chiles en Nogada made as authentic as possible with carne molida, seasonal dried fruits all topped with a creamy walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds.

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REGALITO ROSTICERIA
regalito3481 18th St., San Francisco, CA
(415) 503-0650
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This SF fave features a menu full of Niman Ranch beef and free-range chicken – for those of you who like to know your meat is sourced humanely. It serves up regional dishes that can be hard to find in the Mission, despite all the great taquerias – and the handmade tortillas are delicious.
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In the east bay, you can’t go wrong with Comal in Berkeley or Doña Tomás in Oakland. On a taqueria budget? Then head over to El Metate, Nopalito or Papolote Grill.

PARTIES & EVENTS GUIDE
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La Cocina Cooking Class: Mole & Chile En Nogada

Wednesday, September 12th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at La Cocina
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day by learning to make two of Mexico’s most traditional dishes!
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SF Latino Film Festival Kickoff Party ft. La Santa Cecilia & Candelaria

Thursday, September 13th at 8:00pm at The Blue Macaw
Latin Grammy nominee La Santa Cecilia joins local favorites Candelaria to kick off the 2012 San Francisco Latino Film Festival with a cumbia-infused...
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“El Grito” Independance Day Celebration @ San Francisco City Hall

Saturday, September 15th at 7:00pm at City Hall
Declare your party early by yelling “Viva Mexico!” at Civic Hall!
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Mexican Independence with Club Papi

Saturday, September 15th at 8:00pm at The Factory
Join Club Papi as they celebrate Mexican Independence Day with 3 caliente dance floors of music till 4am!
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Lila Downs, Ozomatli, Maricachi Vargas & more @ Domingo Gigante: A Night of Stars

Sunday, September 16th at 7:00pm at HP Pavilion
Latin Music legends Lila Downs, Ozomatli, Paquita la del Barrio, and Mariachi Vargas together for the first time!
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Free Family Sundays @ Mexican Museum

Sunday, September 16th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at The Mexican Museum
Featuring gallery talks and hands-on art projects by local artist, Viva Paredes and independent curator, Tere Romo.
FILM GUIDE

With the Cine+Mas: SF Latino Film Festival running from the 13th through the 28th, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Mexican experience through cinema. Check out our guide to Mexi-movies to watch!

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Smuggled (SFLFF)

Saturday, September 15th at 1:00pm at Opera Plaza Cinemas
In this story, Miguel and Hilaria, mother and son, are making their way across the U.S.-Mexican border in a hidden compartment of a tourist bus.
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Adverse Reactions (SFLFF)

Saturday, September 15th at 3:00pm at Opera Plaza Cinemas
a slow-burning thriller from Mexico, with echoes of Taxi Driver, Memento, and a dash of Fight Club thrown in for good measure.
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Looking for Larisa (SFLFF)

Saturday, September 15th at 7:15pm at Opera Plaza Cinemas
After purchasing the lot of super 8mm film at a Mexico City ‘antique’ shop, the filmmakers embark on search for Larisa, the captivating little...
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Reportero (SFLFF)

Sunday, September 16th at 7:00pm at Opera Plaza Cinemas
A veteran reporter and his colleagues at a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the...
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Homeboy (SFLFF)

Sunday, September 16th at 7:15pm at Opera Plaza Cinemas
To be gay, Latino, and in a street gang.
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Machete Language (SFLFF)

Sunday, September 16th at 9:00pm at Opera Plaza Cinemas
Starring Jessy Bulbo!
Curated by Jesus Varela


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