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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Presidio: Hot Eating and Drinking Destination?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge The Martini series at the PSC. - PRESIDIO SOCIAL CLUB
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  • The Martini series at the PSC.

The Presidio is a national park that is by all accounts a pretty and nice place to exercise and look at spiral art. Now, there's more of a draw as the area morphs into something of a food and beverage destination.

Scenery, history, and a true sense of place may have something to do with the latest crop of projects to call the Presidio home (the views are killer, too). Since 1776, the location has been a key military spot, and much later park location. Lucasfilm and the Disney Museum are recent cultural draws; George Lucas is pushing to get his somewhat controversial museum plans pushed through. Chef Traci des Jardin's new Presidio restaurant will be called The Commissary and is slated for a spring opening;

The Presidio Trust and Des Jardins decided on the name as a wise nod to the Presidio's rich military background. Another newcomer is the Fort Point Beer Company, a craft brewery on Crissy Field that just started shipping beer to restaurants, bars and retailers in the greater Bay Area including Tosca (another spot with history and recent change).

Presidio Social Club just celebrated a seventh birthday, a milestone worth toasting with their tasty house made barrel aged cocktails. Surviving seven years is a good sign for any restaurant, and PSC's ability to serve foie gras post-ban may help things along. There's also Dixie Restaurant, which rocks hidden gem status and a Southern menu with fried chicken that has its share of grateful fans. All of these spots share easy parking in a beautiful green setting. Even Off the Grid rocks a slice of the Presidio action with last year's launch of the incredibly fun Sunday picnic that combines food trucks, a farmers' market, DJs, and drinks of the caffeinated and boozy variety. The picnic returns this spring and is a mellow hang worth penciling in the calendar. With all these new spots, we'll keep a close watch to see who else feels the draw of the Presidio in coming months.

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