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A Hometown Favorite

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It was good to return to one of my favorite restaurants, Park Chow in San Francisco. I used to go there all the time, but since moving out of that area, I haven’t been in a while.

The best time to visit this place is definitely during the colder months. The wood floors, casual decor and service, and roaring fireplace always makes for a mountain lodge kind of feel. And the menu with Spaghetti and Meatballs, Fusilli Pasta w/Chicken, Roasted Chicken & Mashed Potatoes, and Pot Roast always makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They’re so yummy.

The biggest pain, though, is the battle for street parking in this area. That and the wait during peak times. But I digress…

I love how affordable this place is. Especially for the quality of food they serve. I’ve always loved all the dishes I mentioned, but this time, I decided to try the Petrale Sole Fish Sandwich (the sandwich of the day). It was seasoned very well and dressed with some mango salsa and fresh guacamole on a soft toasted bun. It was fresh and delicious. The fish was cooked perfectly moist and wasn’t breaded, which was a nice change.

It came with a wonderful hearty minestrone. But in place of the pasta they used croutons, which I wasn’t crazy about. Regardless, the soup had depth from a stock/soup base that had some good meaty flavor.

I had a spiced apple cider with my meal, which only added to the homey feeling of the place. And I usually end with a slice of their organic apple pie (which is truly my favorite apple pie in SF), but there was no room left in this tummy. It was lunch, afterall. A little restraint was in order. 🙂

Park Chow – 1240 9th Ave (btwn. Irving & Lincoln) – SF – 415.665-9912


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