Once closed after nearly a century on 24th Street, Roosevelt Tamale Parlor is back open as Roosevelt Sip N Eat.
Roosevelt Sip N Eat has two things going for it: the tamales and the charm.
Marked by an iconic neon sign, Roosevelt’s has been a staple in the Mission for over 80 years. Established in 1922, Roosevelt’s is named after American President, Theodore Roosevelt- or so the story goes.
Traditionally made with masa, filled with meat and cheese, and wrapped in a cornhusk, tamales are sacred in California. I don’t know if Roosevelt’s invented them or just made them an art, but they are delicious. I always get the pork tamale with beans and rice.
Roosevelt’s offers traditional tamales for those who fear change, but they have also created a tradition of their own with their new comfort food menu that includes favorites like pozole, fish tacos, and veggie enchiladas.
Make sure you show up hungry- the portions are huge. I can hardly finish my whole meal. If you want to mix and match your tamales, I suggest getting one combination plate and a tamale on the side.
The charming dining room is light and open with a rustic feel. I’ve never had a hard time getting a table, but if you have a large party you might want to call and let them know. They only take reservations for 6 or more.