Parada 22

Parada 22

By Marcia Gagliardi

Even the gloomiest day brightens when you walk into Parada 22’s cheerful turquoise dining room, with music by Tito Puente and Celia Cruz playing in the background. The plants and colorful art on the walls add to a tropical vibe that will make you want to linger over a pitcher of sangria, and the little tables conspire to keep you seated as well (the way they’re made makes them a bit hard to get up from). This Puerto Rican spot serves up homey Caribbean cuisine. For lunch there’s a Cubano sandwich stuffed with ham, roasted pork, pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese—just ask the kitchen to keep it on the press for a while if you prefer the cheese thoroughly melted. Generous entrées include tender camarones a la criolla, shrimp in a creamy sauce, pink with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and garlic, and pollo encebollado: hearty chicken thighs topped with dark, richly caramelized sweet onions. Main dishes come with a salad of baby greens and maduros (sweet plantains) in addition to your choice of rice and beans. Even though Parada 22 is in the Haight, it’s perfectly understandable to expect that when you step out the door there will be a white sandy beach, the scent of coconut and passion fruit in the air, and a beach chair beckoning.

sweet seats

Take a window seat for a Haight Street panorama or if you're with a larger group, grab one of the tables instead.

chew on this

Parada means “stop” in Spanish and Parada 22 is the name of a neighborhood bus stop nearest to the home of the consulting chef, Gloria Pinette. Parada 22 makes another stop in the Mission on Monday nights when it sets up at Corner as a pop-up restaurant.

hours

Tues.–Sun. 11:30 AM–10 PM

price range

$8 (plato vegetariano) to $11.50 (shrimp a la criolla)
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