After circling the restaurants in Healdsburg, CA and finding zero good coffee + dessert options, and then getting a recommendation on a dessert spot back in SF, we spent a long (almost 2 hour) car ride back to San Francisco, CA in search of sweets.
We ended up at one of my friend’s roomie’s fave spots in town – Park Chow . I loved the ambiance in Park Chow. The place seemed very local-centric, one-of-a-kind, and super chill. Park Chow would turn out to be the perfect spot for us – somewhere where we could relax and enjoy some dessert and coffee without feeling like the restaurant and/or waitress was rushing us out the door to turn a table.
I was also intrigued with the menu there, which I perused while my friend ran to the restroom, even though I knew we wouldn’t be having a second dinner. All over the menu were the buzzwords I’ve been looking for when I grocery shop: organic, local, + sustainable. I was so impressed! I want to eat a whole meal there next time so I can check out their regular eats.
My friend wanted to order a latte but didn’t see one on the menu. I suggested she just ask if they could make one and they said they could! Not only that, they could make what she really wanted – a soy latte. I’ve tried soy lattes before. I figured since I liked chocolate soy milk, I’d like a soy latte, too, but I wasn’t that impressed with them the first time I tried them. Fast forward to our SF dessert-meal and I figured I’d go with the flow and try a soy latte again.
I guess the 2nd time was the charm for me because it was love at first sip! That soy latte was one of the best lattes I’ve ever had…ever! I seriously savored every, single sip. Just look at that froth! I can’t believe they can get froth like that from soy sometimes.
As for dessert, the weather had been overcast and rainy all day, so I wanted something cozy and warm besides the soy latte. I thought about getting the cobbler, but my friend was ordering that, so I went with the Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Ice Cream. Turns out the Ginger Cake is served warm, too! Sweet!
My friend ordered the cobbler – huckleberry and (I think) apple a la mode! We shared a few bites of dessert with each other, following our sharing theme from dinner. I don’t think I’d ever had huckleberries before, but they were quite good!
The restaurant was busy and a bit loud, but also relaxing and casual. Our waitress gave us space but also gave us enough attention, which I definitely appreciated. My friend and I happily eased into our lattes and desserts and enjoyed some good conversation to round out an overall amazing day in California.
PS I am now officially addicted to soy lattes…especially vanilla soy lattes…mmm…so good! I am going to have to make sure I keep my Starbucks Mondays in check…seriously!