If you are finding your way into the charming city of Pacifica, I really am excited for you because there are so many small but mighty food spots to try here! If you are driving down the coast, or even spending a day to get away from all of the hustle and bustle, then this is your spot. Nice beaches, and delicious foods! Here are some of my favorite spots to try if you are local or even if you ever plan on visiting Pacifica in the near future.
When I first encountered dinosaurs, I was surprised to see it as a restaurant rather than a collectibles store! To my surprise, it was a restaurant specializing in delicious banh mi sandwiches and I was most defiantly excited to try them. The employees here are very professional and nice. The food is served very quickly as well. If you plan on visiting on a weekend, I would advise to call ahead for your order and do a pick up as this place can get busy during peak eating hours! However, don’t get me wrong, if you come here and experience a wait, it’s worth it! 😊 Here are some items that I would recommend ordering if you ever visit:
Grilled Pork Sandwich: If this is your first time visiting, I highly recommend ordering this sandwich and the pork and shrimp spring rolls (which I will talk about next). I love LOVED this sandwich. The sandwich roll had the perfect crunch on the outside and soft and fluffy touch on the inside. It is made with pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapenos and mayo on a fresh French baguette. The best part was the sliced grilled lemongrass pork. All of the flavors added together in this one sandwich made the perfect combination.
Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls: If you are coming here with a friend and want to share an appetizer, OR if you are coming here by yourself and ordering your own appetizer, either way, order the Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls. They are worth it! The spring rolls are made with lettuce, cucumber, green apple, cilantro, mint, and rice noodles, grilled lemongrass pork, shrimp, and then wrapped in rice paper. You get 3 generous rolls per order. What separates Dinosaurs fresh spring rolls from other shops is their green apple ingredient. It was nice new touch and the multitude of flavors were beyond satisfying.
Shaking Beef Sandwich: If you have tried the Grilled Pork Sandwich and are interested in trying something new, then I recommend the Shaking Beef Sandwich. It is made with delicious sliced beef sauteed with onions and their house vinaigrette. This sandwich too is made with pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapenos and mayo on a french baguette.
The Special Sandwich: This is not a sandwich that I have personally tried, but I was recommended to try by friends! The sandwich is made with slow roasted pork, fancy pork loaf, and pork pate! It sounds fancy to me and sounds extremely good. I plan on trying this sandwich on my next visit, but in the case that you get to try it before me, please let me know in the comments below if it is worth trying!
LOCATION: 50 Eureka Dr Pacifica, CA 94044
Beach Monkey Organic Café
If you are looking for a nice restaurant that offers great coffee, acai bowls, and breakfast sandwiches, Beach Monkey Organic Café is worth putting on your list of places to eat in Pacifica. I love the variety of foods and drinks that are being offered at this spot and I think you would very much enjoy it too. Here is a list of things I recommend ordering if you ever plan on visiting Beach Monkey Organic Café:
Pour Over Coffee: If you are a coffee lover like myself, you will surely not be disappointed by their pour over coffee! This drink is Beach Monkey Organic Café’s specialty drink, and after trying it, I now know why it’s their fan favorite. It’s THAT good. If you are driving the coast and need a coffee break, I highly recommend visiting this spot for some fresh coffee and other drinks.
Beach Monkey Bowl: It is rare to get hot and sunny days in Pacifica, but when you do, Beach Monkey Organic Café is your spot for some of the best acai bowls in the area! Honestly speaking, you don’t need it to be warm and sunny to enjoy their acai bowls! It’s some of the best I’ve had in the area. I really enjoy their Beach Monkey Bowl. It is made with organic acai, bananas, strawberries, and you get the option of adding organic apple juice or almond milk to the bowl (I normally get it with almond milk!). The acai bowl is then topped with house-made gluten-free granola, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, goji berries, and honey. If you love fruits, then this is your go to bowl.
Ocean Beach Bowl: For those who love peanut butter or nutty flavored and creamy acai bowls, I highly recommend the Ocean Beach Bowl. It is made with organic acai, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, and blended with organic almond milk. It is then topped with house-made gluten-free granola, bananas, almonds, and honey. This is my favorite bowl because I prefer the nutty and creamy acai bowls!
Breakfast Sandwich: If you want breakfast to pair with your delicious pour over coffee, then let me introduce you to their Breakfast Sandwich! It is made with eggs, cheddar cheese, and their homemade green onion butter that tastes AMAZING. You get to pick your choice of meat from either bacon or ham. I love it with ham on the regular ciabatta roll. The egg on the breakfast sandwich is cooked perfectly and the warm and melted cheese is the icing on top!
LOCATION: 986 Linda Mar Blvd Pacifica, CA 94044
Perfect Pour Café
If you love yourself some hole in the wall spots, I highly recommend Perfect Pour Café! I didn’t know this but this spot has specializing in amazing coffees, drinks, and delicious small bites since 2013! I can see why they have been in business for so long, their service, drinks, and food are all amazing. Here are some things I recommend trying:
Horchata Latte: It’s one of my favorite lattes, hands down.
Breakfast Panini: I would highly recommend this with the added egg option! I loved the thickness of the panini bread. It is made with eggs, ham, bacon, cheese, and then pressed for that added crunch! It makes as a great on the go bite.
Chipotle Panini: Order this panini if you are coming for lunch, and make sure to get the added avocado, you won’t regret it!
LOCATION: 188 Clarendon Rd Pacifica, CA 94044