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Experience a Maple Bacon Latte at the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe in San Francisco

Looking for cool places to go for a coffee in San Francsico? Why not try a Maple Bacon Latte at Pirate Cat Radio.
Maple Bacon Latte at Pirate Cat Radio Cafe
I had heard rumors of a maple bacon latte in San Francisco.  We set out yesterday to find it.  Our destination was the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe in the Mission.  We took the #27 Muni bus from Van Ness and Washington to Bryant and 21st and started our walk from there.  I was amused when we arrived at the bus stop and there was a parking meter next to the Muni sign. The sidewalk was painted with yellow "we'll tow you if you park here" paint.  I definitely felt like this space was sending mixed messages.
Waiting for Muni in San Francisco to take us to Pirate Cat Radio Cafe
We hopped off the bus in a much more colorful part of town.  Murals graced nearly every conceivable surface.  This house was fancifully painted.
Street art in San Francisco
Pirate Cat Radio Cafe was only about a block from the bus stop.
Pirate Cat Radio Cafe in San Francisco
Pirate Cat Radio Cafe Logo in San Francisco
We arrived at around 11:30 am and Pirate Cat Radio Cafe was nearly deserted -- apparently things don't pick up until later in the day.  There was some fun and funky Spanish hip hop playing from an old-fashioned radio on a stool out front.  Old school radios really set the ambiance of the place.
Decor inside Pirate Cat Radio Cafe
Old radio inside Pirate Cat Radio Cafe
I saw the object of our Sidewalk Safari on the menu -- a maple bacon latte in the wild.
Pirate Cat Radio Cafe Menu
I was a bit concerned when the barista-by-day, rocker-by-night behind the counter looked at me sheepishly.  I feared that our journey down here had been for naught.  I thought maybe they were out of maple syrup...or bacon fat...or bacon bits...three essential items for this beverage.  Alas, they were simply out of milk.  Our new friend offered to run across the street to the local convenience store and pick up a gallon so we could indulge in their specialty drink.  Crisis averted :-)

We took a seat and admired the in-house radio studio while we waited. 
Waiting for coffee at Pirate Cat Radio Cafe
The barista returned and I was soon sipping my maple bacon latte.  It came complete with bacon pieces sprinkled on top.
Maple Bacon Latte at Pirate Cat Radio Cafe
It was actually quite tasty -- kind of like a diner meal of pancakes and bacon with a cup of joe.  I did discover that the bacon pieces tend to settle so beware if you try one of these.  My last few sips were a little too infused with smoky bacon goodness.  In a stroke of irony, we paired our Pirate Cat Radio Cafe maple bacon latte with a couple of vegan donuts.
Vegan doughnuts at Pirate Cat Radio Cafe
After finishing our treat at Pirate Cat Radio Cafe, we set out on a walk around San Francisco's Mission neighborhood.  We covered about 2.2 miles in total.

We saw some fantastic garage door art covering disparate themes from Cala Lillies to Medusa.
Street art covered garage door in San Francisco
Medusa street art in San Francisco
We chanced upon an old-fashioned Italian deli and supermarket called Lucca's.
Lucca's supermarket in San Francisco
We bought a package of homemade pumpkin ravioli and some biscotti (divine!).  The store felt like a hold over from another era.
Inside Lucca in San Francisco
They even rang us up on a manual, brassy cash register.
Vintage cash register inside Lucca supermarket in San Francisco
I definitely recommend stopping in if you're in the neighborhood.
"Fabrics" street art in San Francisco
We also stopped by a hipster gallery called Fabric8 and picked up a framed poster by acclaimed mural artist Sirron NorrisFabric8 also had a unique fish tank -- a claw footed bathtub! 
Fabric8 fish tank in a claw foot bathtub
The fish themselves were my favorite kind -- the fancy goldfish that look like their brains are on the outside.

Fish in a bathtub in San Francisco
Fish in a bathtub in San Francisco
We were hungry again by the time we passed this mustard and mayo wielding cowboy clad pickle. 
Cowboy pickle in San Francisco
We decided to stop in to Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop for a quick bite.  Their chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese on Dutch Crunch bread really hit the spot.
Dutch crunch sandwich at Mr. Pickle
On the way back to the bus, we saw this fence covered with interesting cutouts including a Muni bus, Krusty the Klown and a sun wearing shades.
Street art fence in San Francisco
We also caught a glimpse of John Candy immortalized in street art.
San Francisco street art featuring John Candy
...and a garage door that had been painted by the same mural artist whose poster we bought at Fabric8!
"No Parking" Street Art in San Francisco
Our bus ride concluded with a sighting of one more interesting cut-out:  a melacholy robot on an upstairs stoop.
Robot cut-out in San Francisco
We'd found some great food for both the stomach and the eyes -- two signs of an excellent Sidewalk Safari.

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Experience a Maple Bacon Latte at the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe in San Francisco
Experience a Maple Bacon Latte at the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe in San Francisco
Looking for cool places to go for a coffee in San Francsico? Why not try a Maple Bacon Latte at Pirate Cat Radio.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
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