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Friday, August 1, 2014

Precita Park Cafe Serves Its Neighborhood More Than Food

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

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Bernal Heights boasts more than just one of the city’s more pleasant microclimates. It’s also a hotbed for friendly, independent coffee houses, specialty shops, and destination dining. Precita Park Cafe has all this wrapped neatly under one roof. Committed to local, sustainable fare, this two-and-a-half-year-old eatery has established synergy with it’s surrounding community. It’s an enviable model for San Francisco businesses hungry for success in a crowded commercial market.

From inception, Precita Park Cafe has embraced civic duty as part of its mission, offering enriching events such as the Sprouts Cooking Club, which it hosted on July 16th. Sprouts is a Bay Area-based nonprofit dedicated to teaching children of all socioeconomic backgrounds how to cook, using "real" ingredients.

In addition to benefiting neighborhood children, local artists are also supported with a rotating monthly exhibit adorning the walls. And the talent isn’t just showcased in the restaurant — the cafe also actively promotes the work on its website. 

Throughout the summer, Precita Park shows its appreciation for San Francisco Pride, serving a Hunky Bear Burger created specifically in honor of the festivities. Built around an 8-ounce patty of Piedmontese Pasture-raised beef, and served on a voluptuous, challah bun with wild arugula and juicy tomatoes, the special is paired along T.W. Pitchers Snake Bite cider and offered every Tuesday for $15.

In July, the cafe pulled out an impressive stock of San Francisco’s Almanac Beer to accompany a five-course tasting menu. The robust, bittersweet echoes of Biere de Chocolat was matched against balsamic candied black mission figs in a buttermilk mousse. Chicken Spaetzle and smoked Point Reyes oysters went down effortlessly against Almanac’s full-flavored, oak-aged Barrel Noir stout.

Precita Park Cafe is reaching out to the community, and will have a booth at Outside Lands this weekend. The success of the Almanac pairing suggests many more beer dinners in the near future. And though the beer and food particulars are yet to be determined, the dinner itself, like the common thread tying this place together, will have the flavor of Bernal Heights on full display.

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Brad Japhe

Brad Japhe

I enjoy my whiskey neat, my beer hoppy, and my meat medium rare. I have been covering craft spirits, suds, and gourmet cuisine for a decade, with work published from New York, across Montana, and up and down the Pacific Coast.


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