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
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
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!