Monday, July 1, 2013

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

UPDATE: A scant 2.5 years later and I can finally say I've been to Pica Pica Maize Kitchen.  I was up in San Francisco for a conference this past weekend which, fortunately, coincided with the city's Pride weekend and the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions.  It was a great time to be in the city.  One night I headed over to Pica Pica Maize Kitchen to pick up some food.



I went with the Vegetariana Cachapa with a side of Yuca Fries.  Both were absolutely delicious, especially when paired with the various sauces Pica Pica serves up.  The cachapa was kind of like a crepe filled with vegetables but with a thicker crepe.  The restaurant only uses corn in its products and its 100% gluten free, so you can feel free to order the fried items on the menu.  The restaurant location I went to is right by the 16th and Mission BART Stop so it's easily accessible from different places around the city.

Pica Pica is definitely on my list of places to visit whenever I'm in San Francisco.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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I was just contacted by Pica Pica Maize Kitchen in San Francisco about their gluten free offerings.  Here is the full text of the e-mail:

"When the owner [of Pica Pica] got so many gf visitors she took the wheat out of the empanadas and now the whole is place is 100 percent GF... We are famous for our arepas (corn flour flatbread with various fillings), so while it's not your beloved Chipotle it is still a tasty GF spot and something different!"

I haven't been here yet to check out the place myself -- have any of you readers?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Hopefully I'll make it back up to San Francisco soon to check out Pica Pica for myself.  When I do check it out, I think I'll check out the Maize'wich with the La Vegetariana stuffing.  Shoot, this website just made me hungry!

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Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
401 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (Map)
415.400.5453

5 comments:

Wendy @ Celiacs in the House said...

A bunch of GF bloggers went when we in SFO for BlogHer Food. Loved it!

Debbie said...

I've been to the location in Napa... Delicious! I just wish there was one in Sacramento

Lindsey said...

I've been there! It's amaaaazing (no pun intended). I'm counting the days til I'm in SF again - it will be my first stop! I highly recommend the yuca fries and the vegetarian arepa. Both delicious.

Patsy said...

Wow, thanks, we are flattered by the good reviews - glad people know Pica Pica is in Napa and SF. The owner Adriana Lopez grew up in Caracas so this is the real deal. Check out this link on her blog, with a baker friend making GF desserts http://adrianalopezblog.com/2011/02/gluten-free-pastries-pastry-chef-clarisa-penzini2/, it's a lot of fun.

Anonymous said...

I eat at the one in the Mission a lot - so good. Supposed to be another location opening in the Castro -- can hardly wait.