FEBRUARY 13, 2012

House Cappuccino
@ Tosca Cafe

There's no espresso in the "House Cappuccino" at Tosca, but this brandied hot chocolate flies off the long, well-worn bar faster than they can steam the milk.

Price: $6.00

  • North Beach/Telegraph Hill

Served Up By:

  • Tosca Cafe
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  • North Beach/Telegraph Hill
    242 Columbus Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94133
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  • (415) 986-9651
  • Tue-Sun 5pm - 2am

Accepts Credit Cards: No

Price Range: $$

Parking: Street

Attire: Casual

Good for Groups: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Alcohol: Full Bar

Has TV: No

Wheelchair Access: Yes

The Drink:

This is probably what my grandfather was drinking when he made us hot chocolate. They store the chocolate milk mixture—made with Ghiradelli chocolate—in jugs beneath the bar (presumably in a refrigerator), and line up ten or more at a time in Irish Coffee glasses, under the safe assumption that as many will be ordered in the following couple minutes. Just before serving, a generous glug of brandy is added before it's steamed on an enormous, antique copper frother.

Key Ingredients: Brandy, steamed milk, Ghiradelli chocolate

The Place:

Over 90 years old, Tosca Cafe is a classic North Beach haunt that's saturated in San Francisco history. It survived prohibition; hosted sailors, the beats and hippies alike; and even once ejected Bob Dylan. Despite its many years, Tosca remains relevant in the city's nightlife scene.

Insider Secrets:

Tosca is still a regular stop for local and visiting celebrities, so if you think you recognize those guys crowded into one of the red vinyl booths, you're probably right.

Recommended By:

Quinn Sweeney
Quinn Sweeney
Blogger, Nermo.com

Quinn is an artist, educator, and enthusiast for every aspect of creating and consuming all manner of food and beverage. When he's not in the studio or classroom, he can quite often be found experimenting in the kitchen or concocting new cocktails.

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