Thursday, June 23, 2011

San Fran Day 1: Little Bird, Pica Pica, Cafe Gratitude

We went to Little Bird Coffee House for a late breakfast on our first full day in San Fransico.

 K had the special of the day: Vegan "bird nest" ($7, scramabled tofu on hash brown).

K thought it was pretty yummy but a bit small. (Fair enough, considered it is only $7) and she ordered the signature dish (pardon my Masterchef talk) Blue Corn Waffle with blueberries, banana and real maple syrup ($6! What a steal!).  It was amazing.

Their coffee was amazing too, I will talk about it more on my up coming Toby's America Coffee Adventure blog post.

For lunch, we went to Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, a vegan-friendly gulten-free restaurant in the Mission district. (menu here)

K ordered the  Vegetariana Arepa ($8, as you can see, it's got grilled tofu, avocado and grilled plantains)

It was relativelty cheap, filling and super delicious.  K declared that it was the best Mexican food she's ever had. I orded the La Shuli Cachapa ($9, corn pancake with black bean and friends).

I loved the texture of the pancake and the black beans and mixtures of toma(y)to and Mexican (h)erbs.  K seems enjoying it too.  We both had the Morena sauce, which is a cold black bean sauce.  It was surprisingly mayo-like and amazing (Sauce of the month idea, Lord Of The Fries?).  I stole some of Matt's Yuca (or Plantains) chips.  It was awesome!

And then I walked around the massive Amoeba Music...

For the last meal of the day, we went to Cafe Gratitude in Mission (Menu here), an all vegan and  organic cafe.  It was pretty new age without being too airy-fairy.

K had the "I Am Warm-Hearted" ($11, Grilled polenta with cashew ricotta and Brazil nut Parmesan).  I had a few bites, it was pretty interesting, in a good way.

I felt like something healthy, so I went for the "I Am Fortified" ($12, Veggie with quinoa, brown rice and Thai-almond sauce).  It wasn't blend at all. The sauce was nothing like a satay sauce but very tasty.

Little Bird Coffee House
835 Geary St, Tenderloin
San Francisco, CA 94109

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
401 Valencia St, Mission
San Francisco, CA 94103

Cafe Gratitude
2400 Harrison Street, Mission
San Francisco, CA 94110


  1. how funny, i was in san fran a couple of months ago and the little bird cafe was the first breakfast we had on our first day too! and i had the blue corn blueberry waffles as well (SO GOOD) :]

  2. Oooh, I had that waffle at Little Bird, too! I really enjoyed it, and now I want to try to make my own blue cornmeal waffles.

  3. Hi K and toby - enjoying your updates - sounds like you are having a swell time - I am in awe at all the good food you are eating - I wish I could plan my eating so well when I travel

  4. Oh my goodness, I want to go to Pica Pica! I should stop reading your holiday posts, guys!