Philz is now a VC-backed operation, and we would not be surprised if the reason for that is their Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, AKA dessert masquerading as an acceptable adult drink. Come here for that, and also to get some work done. The space is low-key, big, and great for people watching on Castro Street when you need a break.
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Yes, there will be a wait at Kitchen Story in the Castro. But there’s millionaire’s bacon at the end of it.
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