The Alembic @SanFrancisco Is A Great Place For Dining

At least once a month my girlfriend and I go to The Alembic for lunch or dinner. We’re both ‘foodies’ and we consider eating there to be a consistently satisfying and exciting experience. We love the Haight neighborhood and sometimes friends and/or family members come along with us to The Alembic and they’re always happy that they joined us.

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The authentic retro feel and tasteful decor make us feel comfortable and the staff members always extend very good service. The place is hugely popular and the restaurant/bar isn’t terribly large but the staff makes sure that crowd sizes don’t become unpleasantly big.

The Alembic  is known as a cocktail bar although they also serve an very extensive selection of beers and wines. The bar staff there regularly creates and serves new cocktail drinks in addition to the many drinks they already serve. All of the cocktails served at The Alembic are ample in size and there’s no skimping on the alcohol.

When it comes to the food served at The Alembic, it is not only delicious and artfully presented but it is also like nothing else served in San Francisco.

During the four or five years I’ve been coming to The Alembic the menu has changed some offerings a few times and I love the way the menu is now. The kitchen there regularly produces dishes with the most creative ingredient combinations I’ve ever heard of.

We ate lunch there about a week and a half ago and our meals were spectacular. For some time now my girlfriend has been enamored with a drink they make with bourbon, mint and peach brandy and she started off with one of those. I was perfectly fine with one of their spectacular Bloody Mary’s.

The lunch menu features an appealing assortment of dishes including Brisket Sliders, Beer Battered Rockfish Sandwich, Crispy Duck Confit, Caramelized Pork Ribs and an incredible bacon-studded hot dog.

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During our recent lunch my girlfriend ordered the rockfish sandwich and I had the scrumptious pork ribs. She raved about the sandwich and the Old Bay potato chips that are served with it and I kept eating the savoy cabbage that also accompanies the sandwich. As for the pork ribs, they were sublime and the spicy green papaya salad that is served with them was beyond delicious.

Our waiter provided us with excellent service during our recent lunch and we got to meet a charming couple from New Jersey who were visiting San Francisco for the first time. That’s another great thing about The Alembic. We usually find ourselves meeting new people, sometimes local residents and sometimes tourists who are visiting the city whenever we go there.

The Alembic’s dinner menu offers Kampachi Sashimi, Grilled Lamb Shoulder, Blue Prawns with Ink Cavatelli, Applewood Smoked Sturgeon, Crispy Pork Belly and a very popular plate of bone marrow served with caper gremolata and garlic confit.

Whether you’re a longtime resident of San Francisco or just visiting the city for the first time, please let me recommend eating and drinking at The Alembic. The establishment is open late seven days a week and prices are actually reasonable.

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What is for Lunch at the Fantastic Parada 22

San Francisco is known for breathtaking views, signature landmarks, cable cars, and plenty of place to met and conversate with friends and family. San Francisco is also known for excellent food, fun and all-around excitement. With so much to do and so much to see the question may be where to eat. Parada 22 at Haight-Ashbury is just one of the many options, but what makes this restaurant the place to eat. Well, today you’ll find out.

San Francisco viewsFor many restaurants the goal is to stand out, create an environment that makes people want to eat there and come back often. Parada 22 has created just that. Parada 22 has built a reputation among the locals as being a splendid place for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Parada 22 has established a restaurant with exceptional service, memorable food, ideal value and prices, with an enticing atmosphere. Parada 22 has an ideal location near Golden Gate Park, this highly rated restaurant creates an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, cozy, and inviting.

Now lets talk about the meat and potatoes of a restaurant, the food. Everyone talks about the food, what a place serves more than anything and Parada 22 has a wide variety of Puerto Rican cuisine for your appetite. The home-style cooking will surely enlighten your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Some ideas you can order include shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice and a Latin tradition plantains. You can also order pollo, which is chicken for those who don’t speak Spanish. Some other items on the menu include Biftec, which is a marinated sirloin steak with onions over green beans. Not only can you enjoy traditional food, but they have a great wine and beer menu.

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Another concern for any patrons is how affordable a is restaurant and most of the items on the menu are under $12. This is perfect for a quick lunch with co-workers, friends or family.

Parada 22 is also perfect for brunch which commonly starts at 9 a.m San Francisco time on the weekends. Some of the items you can order include a world famous breakfast burritos, their signature buttermilk pancakes, and biscuits served in a creamy herb gravy. Pandara 22 is also great for dinner as the restaurant is close to Cha Cha Cha night spot.

Parada 22 has a setting that is very intimate, with only ten tables this restaurant is ideal for a one on one conversation as the noise level is minimal. This perfect for date night with a blind date or a couple looking to keep things spicy. The decor oozes Latin flavor, but not too much, and makes you feel like Puerto Rico is just outside the doors.

Some other notable facts about the restaurant are the convent hours the restaurant serves patroness. Parada 22 is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The attire is casual and you can order carry out. Parada 22 is also kid friendly and has a great lunch menu to suppose that environment.

The restaurant is highly rated as I mentioned before many have submitted reviews regarding the food, service, and atmosphere. “We love the shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice here. “The Camarones à la Criolla is so delicious.” These are just some of the things people are saying about this petite restaurant with great food, superior service, an inviting atmosphere and an all-around great place. So the next time you’re in San Francisco come to Parada 22 and find out for yourself what everyone is raving about.

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You Can’t Buy Pigs at the Pork Store Cafe in San Francisco

If you are walking down to the corner of Haight and Ashbury, you will definately come across the Pork Store Cafe.
Many questions will come to mind. What is this place? How did it get the name? Why are people standing in line to get in? Do they sell pigs in there?

Reviews- Pork Store CafeNo, you can’t buy pigs here, but you can get a great meal. The Pork Store Cafe is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. There are three extremely popular items here at the Pork Store Cafe. These three items are the Pork Store Special, Eggs In A Tasty Nest, and their Hash Browned Potatoes. They also serve other breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and more. They even have a low carb and vegan menu.

This is a casual dress cafe and kids are more than welcome. As a matter of fact, the kids may enjoy watching their food being prepared in the open kitchen. You will want to sit at the long bar for that.

The Pork Store Cafe has been in business since 1979. It was many things before it became what it is today. It started out in 1916 as a butcher shop known as the Haight Street Pork Store. The owners had a stained glass sign made and installed at the location that read “Pork Store”. In the 50’s there was a cafe at the location. The owners covered the sign up. Other businesses in this location have included a hair salon, a coffee shop and another restaurant. The stained glass sign was never uncovered. In 1979 the sign was uncovered and the new business that started there became the Pork Store Cafe.

The great tasting food, the huge portions, the excellent service, and the affordable prices keep people coming back time after time. Word of mouth has brought even more people to the restaurant. Often times you may see a line forming outside to get in. This isn’t a bad thing. They bring you a small cup of coffee to drink while you wait. Besides, the wait is usually just a few minutes.

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When in San Francisco, do what the locals do. Go down to the Pork Store Cafe and have a great meal. No, you can’t buy pigs there, but you will have a great meal.

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