(You know I can never turn down the opportunity for a new pun.) Pica Pica is one of those restaurants that, quite frankly, is a little too unassuming for how great the food actually is.
I went there with a friend on a whim for a midday bite, not quite expecting the feast that ensued.
(...the 100% gluten-free guaranteed feast, I should say.)
For a restaurant that has such a large variety of entrés, perfectly-cooked yucca fries, and several house made frescas on the menu every day, you would think they would do some extra bragging about it!
I love any restaurant that uses puns in its decor...
Rachel and I got some yucca fries while we waited for the main event, and if you know me at all, you know I love buying and trying strange drinks so I had to indulge myself in one of their homemade fruit drinks. The Coconut Lime fresca did not disappoint!
I only wish it had been larger.
Finally, my grilled chicken arepa (a hand-held food pocket made of ground corn and cooked to be crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, like a warm Venezuelan sandwich bread) arrived! And there was rejoicing!
Rachel got the Vegetariano, with avocado, plantains, and cilantro-marinated tofu.
I'm not even vegetarian, and it still looked amazing.
Next time, I'm getting the crispy chicken arepa. Or maybe the pulled pork. And the tres empanadas! And a yuca beignet - I can't believe I didn't get a yuca beignet.
Alright, it is written. Pica Pica is a place that I entered with no expectations, and when I left, I couldn't imagine knowing San Franciscan life without it.
Who wants to go with me next time?
Pica Pica 401 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94103 11am - 10pm daily