Beezie’s Kitchen at El Rio, Fridays in the Mission! »
Hey SF Bay Area, you got plans Friday night? Well, go ahead and break them cause you have to check out Beezie’s Kitchen at El Rio in the Mission! Jessica Escobedo, the culinary mastermind behind Beezie’s Kitchen, serves up her scrumptious vegan eats from 9pm to midnight, and even if dive bars aren’t your thing, stop by for the food. I had the fortune of checking her out a couple weeks ago and let me tell you, I was impressed! I love when you can taste someone’s love of what they are doing in the food they are serving and that is definitely the case when it comes to Beezie’s Kitchen.
My pals Lindsey, Brent and I tried everything on the menu that night, and we were so pleased with all of it! We had a potato taquito plate, which was smothered in homemade sour cream and salsa as well as a veggie dog (Field Roast apple sage sausage) covered with onions and red peppers. Lindsey showed up to El Rio having already eaten dinner, but once she had a taste she was like “Yeah, I will finish that taquito and 1/3 of that sausage, thanks!” Next up was a cupcake, which only lasted about five seconds between the three of us. The frosting was light and fluffy with the vanilla cake so tasty! (I find vanilla cake is one of the most difficult vegan desserts to make, but Jessica definitely knows what she’s doing.)
I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as excited about vegan taquitos as I was about these. The potato filling and the massive toppings were heaven! (They were gluten-free as well.)
I was never really a sausage person, so when it comes to Field Roast, I’m kind of like “eh” (I prefer Tofu Pups, I know, I know — I’m gross). However Jessica cooked these up though, I’m 100% into it — I’ve never enjoyed the apple sage sausages so much. I did pour like, most of a container of ketchup and mustard on it, but still, delicious!
I always find myself incredibly inspired by vegan entrepreneurs, especially those dealing with food as it’s super close to my own heart, so I asked Jessica to give me a little back story about Beezie’s Kitchen, and how she got started. She explains “ I always knew I wanted to do something with my food so after years of talking about it without any proper culinary training I left my professional life and hit the streets (literally) cooking and selling my delicious vegan treats. I started working a corner in the Mission and a corner in Palo Alto and Oakland’s first Friday until I got my regular gig at El Rio every Friday which has been an amazing experience. I graduated the Women’s Initiative just a couple weeks ago and have a business plan geared towards a vegan brunch stand at farmers markets. I am not totally sure what is next for me but I love what I have been doing and know I will keep going and growing bringing more and more heart filled vegan treats to more and more vegans.” Jessica also says her style is influenced by her mother who would cook home-style American comfort food and her Mexican grandmother. “They both valued doing everything from scratch and having a connection to where your food/veggies come from. I mix all the this beautiful history together with my cooking and veganize it!”
I love it! I can’t wait to see where Jessica takes Beezie’s Kitchen in the future, and am excited to be able to catch her for now, on Fridays at El Rio from 9pm — midnight!
Rocky’s Frybread at El Rio, part deux! »
I went to El Rio on Monday to partake in some crazy shenanigans, including a friend’s rock show and $1 PBRs. On a Monday! Nuts, I know. Rocky Yazzie was also at El Rio, though for different reasons entirely. He sets up shop in the backyard of El Rio on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to make and serve his amazing frybread! Laura posted about this last year, so I felt we could all use a refresher, because you need to eat it NOW.
You can get your frybread sweet or savory. The sweet frybread comes with honey and powdered sugar, but I’ve read he has agave nectar for vegans. I didn’t even think to ask that night because I was in the mood for savory! My burrito plans were out the window.
It’s Rocky! And my flash. Sorry.
You know you want this! Navajo-style taco (sans cheese) with vegan bean stew, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions atop his fluffy frybread. Frybread that he makes to order. And the stew? So flavorful and just the right amount of spicy. Get it! $5 a taco, and believe me, they are big enough to share.
Rocky sets up at 8 p.m. and serves until he runs out. See you at El Rio!
Here is something amazing to do tonight. Go to El Rio, have a delicious alcoholic beverage for cheap and then eat some MOTHERFLIPPING FRY BREAD. Perfect Monday night!!
Rocky Yazzie of Rocky’s Frybread will be serving the most magical-looking fry bread that’s dusted with powdered sugar and honey (you can get without honey or bring your own bottle of agave nectar DO IT); so amazing. El Rio is pretty much the greatest place on earth and when matched with FRY BREAD??? Can I get a fuck yeah? Rocky will be in front of El Rio at 3158 Mission St. at Cesar Chavez Street from 9 p.m. on. Open up your mouth and feed it!
[Image from Tigers and Strawberries]
Rocket Dog benefit at El Rio on Saturday! »
Hey everyone! What are you doing on Saturday, Oct. 10? Yeah I didn’t think it was anything good. Thankfully your Vegansaurus knows: You’re going to a party at El Rio for Rocket Dog Rescue! SO MANY exclamation points!! There will be live music, and dogs, and you need to be there! They’ll take donations at the door, it’ll be super-awesome fantastic, see you on Saturday! Woo!
You’re putting this on your calendar right now, aren’t you? Call your out-of-town friends and demand they join you for fun and excitement and the sweetest, most deserving dogs you’ll ever meet. Also El Rio’s backyard, come on—so great.