Primo Patio is a tiny little place specializing in Caribbean cuisine squeezed in between a Mexican joint and a wine bar that one could easily miss unless you’re taking a stroll by and looking for places to eat along this particular stretch of Townsend St. I had passed it many a time, but after a 5.5 mile run this morning, we finally decided to give it a try instead of going for a repeat visit to Little Skillet.
This place is known for its outdoor seating, but since it was a horribly gloomy and rainy day, the patio was closed and they were only doing to-go orders. After a 10 minute wait, we were walking back home to enjoy the traditional Ceviche and Jerk Steak & Eggs.
The Ceviche was a mix of white fish, tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. It was a little too sour and tangy for my liking, but I did like the firmness and healthy size of the white fish. They gave us a huge to-go carton full of tortilla chips with salsa. There was no way two people could finish it all, but I ate my fair share of the tortilla chips with the ceviche. It was hard though, because the sour taste eventually became too overpowering and there was quite a bit leftover. I wonder how I can fix it.
The other dish was a little bit more tasty. The Jerk Steak was a thin slice of grilled, marinated beef and was served with two scrambled eggs, Caribbean potatoes, black beans and topped with a couple spoonfuls of fresh salsa. The steak was well-seasoned and well-cooked, not too chewy and went well with the salsa. The scrambled eggs were fluffy and flavorful, and the potatoes were okay. It could have used a tad more seasoning, but I ended up dipping it in this really delicious-tasting sauce that was a cross between a salsa and thousand island dressing. It had that sweetness like thousand island but less creamy than the original. I’m not sure what it was supposed to be eaten with, but I ended up putting it on everything… from the steak to the eggs to the potatoes and even on top of the ceviche to help mask the sour taste of the fish.
Overall, the restaurant was a nice little find in the neighborhood. The jerk chicken is supposed to be delicious, so I’ll have to go back and check that out, but for now, this place is worthy enough for a repeat visit if only for the fact that it’s a relatively inexpensive and quick place to get some good grub in my ‘hood.
214 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
PAFO Ratings for Primo Patio:
Price 2 stars
Ambiance 2 ½ stars
Food 3 ½ stars
Overall rating 3 stars