It was a warm Sunday afternoon, free of plans and free of any restrictions. The sun was shining as bright as ever and it was apparent that spring in San Francisco had definitely sprung. Standing tall in my favorite neighborhood of Cole Valley is a bright blue building with dark wood details decorated in succulents and accented with warm lights hanging from the high ceilings. A perfectly designed airy space that welcomes you in for brunch paired with vibrant cocktails, a romantic dinner with your sweetheart or an opportunity to cozy up at the bar with your girlfriends when the time calls.
This establishment is Padrecito, a stellar restaurant serving up some delicious Mexican meals using locally sourced ingredients and made fresh scratch daily.
When we first arrived we opted to sit in the bar area because the sunlight from the glass windows was casting a beautiful golden glow on the patterned tiles and wooden shelves filled with tequila bottles. After getting settled in, we were served a trio of salsas with a variety of flavors and spice, as well a generous portion of fresh guacamole with a side of Habanero salsa to accompany their extra-thick tortilla chips. Be weary, the habanero salsa is not for everyone and the extra spicy flavor will have you reaching for your cocktail, so make sure you order yourself the Padrecito, their famous margarita in which the restaurant was named after.
Padrecito serves up a stellar brunch on the weekends (yes, that includes Friday) and I specifically visited during this time to indulge in the most beautiful set of pancakes I’ve ever laid eyes on. The polenta-platano pancakes are served with seasonal berries, cajeta caramel, mango mascarpone accompanied with colorful edible flowers and dusted with powdered sugar. Needless to say, I’m still dreaming of how delicious and beautiful the pancakes were.
After a generous sampling of an amazing and untraditional cocktail menu, I personally loved the El Dorado. A delicious concoction of apricot brandy, rye, lemon, pineapple shrub, and a splash of zesty IPA. Garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a trendy paper straw, the El Dorado is the perfect mid-afternoon day drink!
Another cocktail I recommend sipping on during your boozy brunch is the Diablito, a bright pink combination of Aperol, lime and fresh beets. The powerful combination of flavors will perfectly compliment those delicious pancakes we were talking about. Just don’t forget to snap a photo to prove you were drinking one of the most vibrant drinks ever shaken!
I don’t know about you, but I always have difficulty deciding between breakfast and lunch when I’m out brunching with friends. I love breakfast, but if lunch is more your thing, don’t miss the Enchiladas Rojas made with roasted chicken, mole amarillo, jack cheese and roasted garlic crema. The mole sauce gives these chicken enchiladas a unique flavor, making this meal far from ordinary!
Every detail, color and artifact within Padrecito’s warm interior and bright exterior have me wishing I could replicate the designs, wood accent tables and tiled patters for my own home. Friendly staff, vibrant cocktails, delicious meals and the airy atmosphere are just some of the reasons why I love Padrecito. Go in for the weekend brunch, a romantic dinner, or cozy up at the bar for inventive cocktails with a cool city vibes!
Padrecito | 901 Cole Street, San Francisco