In a colorful and lively atmosphere, Peña Pachamama's servers whisk Bolivian tapas and wholesome treats to tables as musical acts, cultural dances, and globally inspired performances entertain. A multicultural kaleidoscope of artists and performers take to the stage five nights a week for raw-cooking demonstrations, Flamenco Thursdays, world-music concerts, and dance performances. Chefs transmute organic, raw, and living ingredients into vegan and vegetarian options, and handcraft traditional dishes, such as plantains yuca frita. They flatten Oregon County grass-fed beef to craft traditional Bolivian silpancho accessorized with pico de gallo, huevo frito, and a top hat made of rice. Bartenders make merry evenings merrier by pouring specialty cocktails, Bolivian and Peruvian beers, and fruit-laced sangria.
In its pervious incarnation, Peña Pachamama's space hosted Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and the wedding dinner of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. Fireplaces pour warmth into upstairs rooms that treat diners to views of Coit Tower. Music cover charges are automatically added to dinner bills during performances; diners who don't wish to see the performance or who are allergic to music should ask to be seated upstairs or plan to eat before 7 p.m.
Today's Groupon gets you $75 worth of Italian/Brazilian cuisine at Mangarosa in North Beach for $35. Mangarosa offers "a dash of Brazil to the Italian menus that predominate in the popular neighborhood," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Zagat rates Mangarosa's tropical flavors and fine-dining food as "very good," but rates its servers' ability to tune patrons' guitars as "wicked bad."
Mexican street food has a reputation for being bold in flavor and easy on the wallet. Don Pisto’s pays homage to the cuisine’s traditional ingredients and techniques, and over the years has amassed an enormous following—despite its somewhat difficult-to-find location. Read on to learn more about the place that Zagat staffers voted among the Best Restaurants in North Beach in 2013:
There are no bells or whistles at this diner, just juicy, corn-fed, 7-ounce Angus beef burgers grilled over volcanic rocks and served on toasted housemade buns. The honest-to-goodness ingredients—and the affordable prices—made it Frommer's "burger of choice" in San Francisco.