All the mainstays of the Guatemalan diet are available at the county's only Guatemalan produce store-pork, chicken or chipilín (mint) tamales wrapped in banana leaves, the equivalent of corn Jell-O; chile rellenos stuffed with carrots, onions, potatoes and ground beef. Tikal truly excels in the soup business, though. Foremost among the broths is hilacha, a brick-red boiling stew sharp with tomato, shredded-beef strands and about three different squashes bobbing in slow circles.
If you're looking for a margarita to transcend all other margaritas — one that eschews BevMo's bottled mixer or Mission mariachi bands — check out the ones offered at Garibaldi's in Presidio Heights. Served straight up in a martini glass with the faintest dusting of salt around the rim, they're not only potent: they're lethal. Drink two while sitting inside this little upscale neighborhood restaurant and you'll suddenly begin feeling you've slipped away to Acapulco, or at least down the rabbit hole.
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