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PRESIDIO EATS: Two Delicious Presidio Grab-n-Go Options

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 Category Food and Drink

You are likely already aware of many of the Presidio's fast and delicious food options – organic fare from the Warming Hut at Crissy Field, quick coffee and snacks at Starbucks in the Letterman Digital Arts Center, or the ready-made bites at the little Bridge Café located beneath the Round House Café at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza.

But there may be a few options you have yet to discover – some with new choices at a good price-point, some innovative, and all easy and simply delicious!

1. New Food Machines at the Tides Thoreau Center

Food machines at Tides

The Tides Thoreau Center is a mecca for good people doing good things. It currently houses more than 75 charitable organizations and social enterprises, and it's home to two art galleries as well as Café Rx – a Presidio favorite for weekday breakfast and lunch. More recently, the Tides folks installed self-serve fresh food kiosks by Byte Foods, stocking options from local vendors, such as The Town Kitchen, a food delivery service that employs low-income youth. The machines are pretty nifty – just choose an item, swipe your card, and grab your grub. Meals include healthy beverages, salads, wraps, sandwiches, pastas, and more. Prices range from $4 to $12. The Tides Thoreau Center building's hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

2. Presidio Palms Café

Palms Cafe grab and go

Presidio Palms Café, located inside the San Francisco Film Centre (39 Mesa Street on the Main Post), is a great spot to grab a weekday breakfast or lunch. They have plenty of tasty options, including their half sandwich and soup or salad combo, and their hard-to-resist cheese toast and tomato soup ($10.25). But if you're in a hurry, they have a selection of quick meals,  like the Savory Turnover ($4), assorted cookies and scones ($3), and a refrigerator case featuring pre-packaged yogurt parfaits ($4.50), salads ($5), and pre-made sandwiches (prices vary, $9-12). They also have beverages, including fresh squeezed juice and lemonade ($3), agua frescas ($3.75), and a selection of the Presidio-brewed Fort Point Beer!​