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Presidio Eats: “Secret” Off-Menu Items in the Park

Friday, Sep 09, 2016 Category Food and Drink

So you're a regular in the Presidio, which means at this point you've tried it all. Or at least you think you have. We're here to tell you, you might've missed a few very special menu items that are flying under-the-radar. To help mix things up on your next visit to the park, and make sure you're "in the know," we're giving you some insiders' intel on some secret "off-menu" items to be found at hot spots in the Presidio. But shhhhh – don't tell them we told you! 

The Monster Burger at Sessions at the Presidio

Sessions Monster Burger

What's in it?

Eight ounces of certified angus beef is just the beginning for Session's Chef Michael, who really knows how to pull off a dream burger. His Monster Burger ($23) brings together all your favorite meals in one sandwich - it's part breakfast, part deli lunch, and part ultimate dinner! This mammoth sandwich is a combination of a burger patty topped with in-house smoked pastrami, a perfectly fried egg, holy cow cheese, and house-made bread and butter pickles, all served on a house-made Dutch crunch bun. And he doesn't stop there – it's plated up with a mountain-high side of crispy, freshly-made hop-salt fries with aioli for dipping.

Why order it?

Seriously, need you ask? Sessions regular burger is considered by many to be one of the best burgers in the City, but if you're asking us, there's no time like the present to bite into a burger-meets-Ruben-meets-egg-sandwich – a burger at an entirely new level.

Best paired with?

This is beer country in the Presidio, so of course all burgers at Sessions are best consumed with a pint of beer. A craft brew, say one of Sessions' hoppy IPAs, will do the Monster Burger right.

How/when to order?

These big guys are available all day, every day. Just ask your server for the "Monster Burger" and they'll steer you right. 

For more information about Sessions at the Presidio >>

Tacos Armando at Presidio Bowling Center

Presidio Bowl Tacos

What's in them?

Your choice of five pollo asado (grilled chicken) or carne asado (grilled steak) tacos ($10.50) with sautéed onions, green peppers, and shredded lettuce served on white corn tortillas. Typically you'll find these masterpieces topped with a dash of Cholula sauce, a drizzle of ranch dressing, and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Why order it?

Sometimes you want something a little different from the typical bowling alley mainstays, like curly fries and grilled cheese with bacon. Armando, one of the Presidio Bowling Center's talented cooks, is known for these tacos.

Best paired with?

One of the Bowling Center's 61 ice-cold, bottled beers.

How/when to order?

Made special-order for league players, these tacos are a hot commodity. Typically available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings when Chef Armando is in the kitchen.

For more information about Presidio Bowling Center >>​

The Egg Sandwich at The Presidio Palms Café ​

Presidio Palms Egg Sandwich

What's in it?

The Presidio Palms Café has a pretty perfect, under-the-radar, fried egg sandwich ($11) with crispy bacon, melted Swiss cheese, fresh avocado, and heirloom tomatoes. They serve this creation up on either whole wheat toast or a wheaty bun – a great way to start your day off right when you're in the park. 

Why order it?

We're told that what started off as a modified grilled cheese has turned into a breakfast sandwich with all the fixings. We also hear that Presidio regulars are addicted to this scrumptious creation.

Best paired with?

If you haven't tried one, we'd have to point you toward one of The Presidio Palms Café's​ many delectable cookies (because it's never too early for dessert).  

When/how to order?

Available before 10:30 am whenever the café is open.

For more information about The Presidio Palms Cafe >>

Upcoming Food Events in the Presidio

Every Tuesday: "Make Tuesdays Better" at Arguello Restaurant
Every Thursday through October 6: Presidio Twilight
Every Sunday through October 8: Presidio Social Club Pig Roast (and Mai Tais)
Every Sunday through October 9: Presidio Picnic
Thursday, September 15: Presidio Dialogues - The Culture and Tradition of Mezcal
Wednesday, November 2: Pub Quiz at Presidio Café
Thursday, December 8: Traci’s Kitchen: Holiday Traditions with Chef Traci Des Jardins

For more information about dining around the park visit our website>>