Bay Area Discovery Museum Reopens with Family-Friendly Organic Cafe

Next time you treat the tots to a day at Bay Area Discovery Museum, leave the packed lunch at home and try out the newly reopened Cafe Discovery. After months of waiting, the cafe does not disappoint, with kid-friendly eats made from the best ingredients. Let junior order whatever he wants—everything is organic, sustainable, or local here!

Chad Newton, the chef behind trendy Fish & Farm restaurant in San Francisco and acclaimed restaurateur Frank Klein teamed up to create a menu that highlights the best of Bay Area ingredients (think Sonoma goat cheese, Petaluma chickens, and organic pastries from Rustic Bakery) and offers plenty of options for the little ones. You can order a small or large sandwich depending on the appetite or a hamburger with “all or nothing” (pickles, ketchup, and mustard or absolutely nothing). Also, you can “box it” – that is add fresh fruit, snack of the day, and apple juice or milk to any sandwich or hamburger to round out your tyke’s meal for just $1.95. Snack options like homemade potato salad and whole grain pasta salad are not just delicious but healthy.

We love how Chef Chad brings a sophisticated touch to the classic kid’s menu. He makes the almond butter and seasonal jam in the AB&J from scratch and has perfected the grilled cheese sandwich. For you adults, try our favorite salad of local salami, cheese, grapes, and olives over greens or the daily soup with cheese and onion scone. Both will give you the boost of energy you need to keep up with the kids!

There is seating indoors, but we suggest taking your snack or meal outside to the picnic tables just north of the cafe where you can soak up the epic views of Golden Gate Bridge. And make sure to visit the cafe on time — it closes an hour before the museum at 4:00pm everyday.

—Sarah K. Choi