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sam | Feb 16, 2006 08:18 PM

Just got back from 2 weeks on the west coast. Foodwise, SF was the only place I got to indulge myself. Thanks for all of your recommendations.

-First day in town, started off with brunch at Canteen on Sutter. We were only in town for a few days and wouldnt be able to go for dinner so we figured brunch would be nice. After a 20 minute wait in the hotel lobby, we were seated at the counter. Nice vibe, great fresh squeezed tangerine juice but overall, the brunch was largely forgettable. Though, I did like the salt cod and curried eggs. Walked all through Hayes Valley and Lower Haight...ended up right by Rosamunde Sausages. Had a Knockwurst for me and a veggie sausage for the girlfriend. Took them to Toronado next door and had some good ale. Toronado's bartender was a bit of a prick but the sausage and beer were perfect. The veggie sausage wasnt nearly as good (obviously). For dinner, we headed to the Mission for some Mexican. Opted for Pancho Villa based on a friend's recommendation...it was excellent...and after 3 more taquerias, it was easily the best in SF that we tried. Had 2 tacos with Al Pastor and some other stuff.

-Next day, decided to go to Dotties for breakfast. The wait was about 20 minutes alongside a ton of crack addicts and tourists from Texas. I felt like it was a tourist trap until I had the zucchini bread with honey and the blueberry/peach coffee cake...they were excellent. My breakfast entree of a chorizo and egg omelette was so heavy, I felt like a pig for most of the morning. By 2pm, I was fine and we headed for Swan Oyster. I loved this place. The oysters were incredibly fresh, the crab was great and chowder was good (its not canned). The service was great...everyone there was awesome. That night, we had more mexican at taqueria cancun and el casterlito (sp?) both of which didn't get us quite like pancho villa.

-Third and last day was different...we went to Berkeley to check out the University and had lunch at a friend's house. She took us to the farmer's market which was nice and the berkeley bowl which was too much like a supermarket than our park slope food coop but huge nonetheless. tons of crazies in Berkeley...I just don't get it. That night, we went to Bar Crudo for Valentine's Day. the $65 prix fixe wasn't mentioned when I called to make reservations but I didn't mind too much. We had a nice assortment of crudo for an appetizer...including scallop and barramundi and 3 types of oysters. The clam chowder was excellent and probably better than swan oyster. I opted for the crab which was messy and probably should've skipped it. The girlfriend had Artic Char which tasted too similar to salmon. The desserts were nice and the service was great.

-I wish we got to try more California cuisine as was recommended to us. We walked by Delfina in the mission and it looked excellent. I also wish we went to Tartine but we have our share of french bakeries here in the city. Other than that, we had a great time and loved SF.

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