Parrilla on Polk: Cheap Pitchers and Pan-Latin Snacks
The place: Parrilla, 1760 Polk (at Washington), 359-1212
Kevin Y./Yelp Prime viewing for the Polk Street parade.
The hours: Daily, 4-7 p.m.
The deals: $9 pitchers of sangria and margaritas; $2 draft Dos Equis
The digs: Friendly, fun-loving hangout with live music, dancing, Wednesday night trivia, and a menu of pan-Latin specialties. The dark, earth-toned quasi-Southwestern interior is pleasant enough, but try to snag one of the popular sidewalk tables and take in the passing Polk Gulch parade.
The verdict: The sangria's just okay but the margaritas are pretty tasty, and a pitcher of the stuff goes very nicely with a few friends, a sunny afternoon, and a platter of snack items. Viz.: albondigas ($3), garlic lime fries ($4), grilled corn on the cob ($4), fried plantains ($5), taquitos ($6), fondue for two ($7), guacamole and chips ($7), nachos grandes ($7), hot wings ($8), and calamari with chipotle aïoli ($8). On Tuesdays tacos are $2, on Wednesdays the beer's $1.83, and at Sunday brunch the Bloody Marys cost a mere $3.65. The bar features two dozen tequilas and is a fine place to kick off any Polk Street pub crawl.
Linda C./Yelp The sangria's just okay, but hey, it's cheap.
Overall grade: B-