Amidst wannabe hippies, hipsters and DJs hanging out at Amoeba, tourists trying to recapture the Summer of Love only to get Whole Foods instead, and street kids with all sorts of creative signs, you'll find Puerto Rican home cooking in the form of Parada 22. In the old Escape from New York spot (if I remember correctly), snuggled up next to Cha Cha Cha, Parada brings island food to the Bay.
Its closeness to Cha Cha Cha is no mistake. Parada 22 is the name of consulting chef Gloria Pinette's bus stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gloria and her cousin Philip Bellber created the authentic Puerto Rican menu which reigns San Franciscans' tastebuds. Bellber is the founder and owner of Cha Cha Cha.
A small, intimate spot with 10 tables, Parada also doesn't take reservations so make sure that you get there early to avoid any lines or waiting. Big groups might be at a loss here, seeing as they don't seem to have seating to accomodate a group of 10. I'd stick with maybe a maximum of 6. They also offer take out if you or some friends live in the area or you want to have a Puerto Rican picnic at the Park.
Every time and I mean every time I've gone here, I've loved it. F and I always say that if we lived in the area, we'd be 50 pounds heavier because as many times as we go to our local sushi spot, we'd probably double that for Parada. We've ordered quite a variety off their simple menu of sides (acompanantes), salads (ensaladas), entrees (principales), two desserts (postres), and drinks (bebidas). But, my favorite is easily the Mofongo with a couple of glasses of Sangria or 21st Amendment's Watermelon Wheat. F orders a Pabst or two and his standby favorite, Chicharron de Pollo. Our bill typically totals about $40 for all that.
Mofongo: green plaintans mashed with sofrito served with camarones a la criolla, comes with maduras, Spanis rice, salad and red beans. $11.50
Chicharron de Pollo: breaded and fried chicken thighs served with tostones and salsa rosa dipping sauce, Spanish rice and salad: $10.50
Local brewery 21st Amendment's famous and delicious Watermelon Wheat Beer: $4.50
Pitcher of Sangria (I guarantee its the same as next door Cha Cha Cha's famous Sangria): $21 (a glass is only $4, half pitcher is $12).
So, if you're ever hungry and your either tired from digging through vinyl all day at Amoeba, headed out for a night of drinking, about to check out the hookahs and bellydancing down the street at Kan Zaman, stop here for an affordable and delicious meal.
A Puerto Rican restaurant in the Haight Ashbury?!? Nando and I discovered Parada 22 on the way to one of my favorite restaurants in SF, Kan Zaman. We were pretty excited when we thought we'd be getting the taste of his mom's home cooking all the way up in Northern California, a place not typically known for Puerto Rican anything. We've been there twice now and not only is the food amazing, (yes, it does remind us of mom's cooking) but, the atmosphere is fun- … more
Parada 22 is a casual and affordable restaurant serving home style Puerto Rican cuisine in San Francisco's storied Haight Ashbury neighborhood.
Parada 22 is named after consulting chef Gloria Pinette’s neighborhood bus stop in her home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Gloria and her cousin Philip Bellber created a menu of authentic Puerto Rican dishes that will be instantly familiar to anyone who's lived in Puerto Rico. Cousin Philip is no stranger to Latin cuisine. He's also the founder / owner of San Francisco culinary institution Cha Cha Cha. Over the years, Philip has launched many favorite neighborhood eateries such as The Corner, Boogaloos. Bitterroot, Spaghetti Western and also Nightbreak, a storied alternative music venue.
Located at 1805 Haight Street (between Shrader St & Stanyan St), Parada 22 is an exciting new complement to Cha Cha Cha, which is located right next door. It's an intimate space, with only 10 tables. They don't take reservations yet - so plan to arrive early to avoid a wait. They also offer take-out. Reviews from customers and the local press have been very flattering.