Today's Groupon lets you gawk at your froth with $20 worth of artfully foam-designed lattes and cappuccinos, coffee, pastries, and other epicurean delights at Epicenter Cafe for $10, a neighborhood coffee shop in SOMA, a neighborhood.
Epicenter's menu runs from the expectedly caffeinated (coffee from the Bay Area's most award-winning roaster, Barefoot Coffee Roasters) to the unexpectedly artisanal (froth poured with an artistic eye and cheese plates). Start your day with vegetable frittatas ($6), toasted bagel sandwiches (eggs, white cheddar, Applewood ham, and tomato, $5), and an assortment of butter croissants, pain au chocolate, and pain du raisen, and apple chausson.
Linger for lunch and you'll get a chance to try the highly recommended shrimp salad (mixed greens, bay shrimp, avocado, cucumber, cherry tomato, and lemon with balsamic vinaigrette, $10) and club sandwich ($9). You can also pretend you're in Buenos Aires with a sampler of Epicenter's baked empanadas ($3.25 each), from chicken (onion, garlic, tomato, Pasillo pepper, pumpkin seed, raisin, cilantro, and Cotija cheese) to pork (onion, chipotle, chorizo, and Cotija cheese) to corn (sweet plantain, red pepper, shallots, cilantro, crema, and Cotija cheese).
When lunch inevitably turns to dinner, your tongue can continue its globe-trotting without leaving your mouth with fresh fish ceviche (fresh rock cod, bell peppers, habenero peppers, white wine, red onion, organic mango or pluot, cilantro, avocado, lime, and tortilla chips, $8), artisanal cheese plates ($11), and seasonal desserts such as pumpkin bread, apple harvest cake, and chocolate bundt cake. Refuel your liquid tank with any of the cafe's rotating selection of red and white wines or a handcrafted beer at Epicenter or to-go. Epicenter also offers a number of special events, such as live music most Saturday nights.
You might be surprised at the unexpected artistry of some of the finer dining selections at the Epicenter Cafe. In fact, great art often comes from unexpected places. Here are some folks who unexpectedly produced great art:
Mamie LaCroix, Shreveport: This Louisiana native set the art world afire when a security camera tape of her breaking into Burger King and crying for hours was mistaken for performance art. While many viewed her emotional cries as a stirring comment about the value of nutrition in a consumer society, the Shreveport Police Department recognized her as the same woman broke into the Guitar Center and yelled at the rug for three hours earlier in the month.
Mufly, the golden retriever: Nobody expects a dog to be able to paint, and even after Mufly made a bunch of paintings, no one expected her to get her Ph.D. in philosophy. Unfortunately, her thesis, Leibniz’s Paradox of Unextended Monads, was rejected for being more an overview of existing theories than an explication of original ideas.
Beethoven: The guy was deaf and still created some of the most revered paintings in American history.
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