This is what I love the most about San Francisco – the variety of cuisines. Parada 22 is a gem in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, not far from the Golden Gate Park. It serves home-style Puerto Rican cuisine, which I have never thought about such type of cuisine before. Even though the neighborhood is a bit sketchy, and I definitely recommend to go with a friend, nonetheless, the food was hearty, and nice vibe.
The sign isn’t too obvious, but the turquoise exterior is definitely eye-catching.
As you walk in, you would definitely feel like you are in South America. The bright color, cheerful music, concrete floor..
Since my friend and I had a taco before this, therefore we just ordered a main to share. We ordered the Pollo a la Criolla, which is a plate with marinated boneless chicken sautéed with a hearty smoked ham sofrito. All the mains are served with rice, beans, small salad, and maduros (ripe sweet plantains). The chicken was so tender and flavorful, but not salty! The rice was fluffy but chewy. My favorite on the plate was probably the maduros. They are sweet, soft but not mushy.
As recommended by the waitress, we also ordered the tostones, which is fried traditional pressed green plantains with salsa rosa. I’ve had tostones before, but they tasted nothing like these. These are flatter, and crispier. Even though they are fried, they weren’t greasy. I think it’s good on its own, no need to dip in the salsa rosa.
Overall, it was definitely a quick culinary trip to Puerto Rico. I would definitely like to explore more into the South American cuisines. The walls are decorated with all sorts of photos, which makes me felt like all the histories are gathered on the wall. The waitress was super attentive and friendly. The portion is very generous. I would recommend to order few items on the menu, and share!
1805 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
Tel: +1 (415) 750-1111