It was a warm Friday early 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 I first arrived I 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, I was 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!
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!
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!
The airy and bright space may keep you from venturing outside of the restaurant, so don’t be surprised if you end up spending a more than usual amount of time at Padrecito. Prefer to dine outside? The restaurant has a great set up of beautiful dark wood tables along the sidewalk within this small and simplistic San Francisco neighborhood. Whether you visit for brunch, dinner, cocktails or just simply for tequila and dessert, you definitely can’t go wrong with whatever you choose!
Hi there! I’m Tiffany, a native Bay Area photographer who is always on the search for the next great adventure and never grows tired of chasing down the sun. When I’m not eating my way though San Francisco, I’m most likely blogging at Sunshine Daydream, my photographic journal of life in San Francisco and beyond celebrating culture, travel, style and events. Follow along with my adventures on Instagram, chat with me on Twitter, find inspiration on Pinterest and stay connected through Facebook.