Casa Sanchez was rocking the Mission from the days of your grandparents. They’ve been around in various forms since 1924, and it’s still a family-run operation. They’ve been innovating since before innovation was a thing.
The family opened the first mechanized tortilla factory in northern California. They sold the first fresh packaged salsas in the country. And they practically invented hipster marketing with their offer of free lunch for life to anyone who gets a tattoo of their logo, Jimmy the Cornman. I don’t think many folks needed an excuse to get a tattoo of a little Mexican man wearing a sombrero riding a rocketship corncob, but the free lunch for life prize really sealed the deal. The Sanchez family had to cut off the prize at 50 lest they go broke, but some of those lucky/crazy/dedicated winners still claim their mid-day prize.
Nowadays, Casa Sanchez offers a full menu of Mexican staples: burritos, tacos y mas. Their best-selling chips and salsa are available for free with any purchase, an all too rare treat. The back patio is colorful, verdant, and depending on the day, warm. Come on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy live Latin music from local musicians, as well as the food that made the Mission famous.
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