Sorry for the late report, it has been two weeks since we visited. We had a great time and are looking forward to returning. There were four of use on a training expedition, I'll call my workmates Carol, Mark, and Shaun, because those are their names. Carol has family in SF so did not go with us all of the time.
We arrived ealy Sunday Afternoon, dropped the bags off at the hotel and headed to town. We ended up in Fisherman's Wharf and ate at The Fisherman's Grotto #9 or something. Yes tourist heck. I had a way overpriced salad and crab newberg. Large pieces of crab in a thick and rich sherry cream sauce. It was good but I was wanting some potatoes, rice, or veggies. Anything. Mark and Shaun each had crab cakes, these looked great and they really enjoyed them.
We asked the trainer for a good sports bar where we could watch Monday Night Football. He suggested the Beach Chalet. Not much of a sports bar, but a good place to eat. Shaun had beef brisket and was disappointed, he said there was a lot of fat on it. Mark and I each had burgers, mine was topped with gorgonzola cheese, nice big burger nicely medium served with crispy fresh fries. The I.P.A. went well with this.
Mark and I stayed close to the hotel on Tues. We walked up the street to Val's. Mark had the prime rib (med-rare) and let me try some. Good stuff even by KC beef standards. I had a calamari steak. Interesting. A large piece of calamari, dipped in egg and grilled. It was almost like an omlette. It was very tender. I have never had anything like it. Is this typical. I liked it but the grilled egg seemed to overpower the meat.
Thanks to a poster here, the four of us headed to Clement St. We ate at an Italian place called Earnesto's. Carol had the pasta primavera, she really like this but could only manage about half of it. Mark had chicken saltimbocca and was very impressed. I cannot remember what Shaun had. I had the special of shrimp and scallops on fettucini with artichoke hearts, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, and green onions. The sauce was thin with wine, and lemon juice. Great stuff. Thanks for the heads up to Clement St.
On Thurs, Carol wanted crab at Fisherman's Wharf. We ate at Alioli's ( I hope I spelled that right) where Carol had a half of a dungeness crab and loved every bit of it. Mark and Shuan went with crab cakes again, this time served with mashed potatoes and spinach. I wanted to take them down for the spinach, I love that stuff. They agreed that Sunday's crab cakes were better. I agreed that my dinner was the best, shrimp and scallops again, but this time with risotto and portabello mushrooms. This was the best dinner I have had so far. The shellfish were perfectly cooked and sweet, the risotto was thick and rich, and went perfectly with the mushroom broth.
We were let out of class early on Friday and headed to Haight Ashbury (I'm an old GD fan and had to get there) Carol, Mark, and Shaun all seemed to enjoy it as much as me. But we were hungry. We drove around looking to park. The first spot we came to was a couple of miles away and was close to this neigborhood bar called Fly. We went in, ordered some beers and pizzas. This was the best pizza ever. I had a Greek pizza with olives, feta, and red onion. The crust was crispy and flavorful, I can still taste it. Carol had Southwest with cream cheese, corn, and black beans. Shaun had the BBQ Chicken and really enjoyed it. Mark had some kind of chicken on a stick (satay?) and said it was good, but I think he was jealous.
Friday night found us back down on Clement St. Looking for Spices. We didn't know it but we found Spices II just around the corner. Mark ordered a small cup of hot and sour soup. When it came out it looked more like a large fish bowl of hot and sour soup. Best I ever had. Slightly pungent, sour, and respectably hot. I have never had any better. Mark ordered orange flavored beef and liked it a lot. Shaun had pork shoulder in garlic sauce. It was literally a pork shoulder, a roast sized piece of meat. He shared, really good and tender. Very much like slow BBQ pork, great stuff. I had crispy scallops in spicy black bean sauce. I asked them to kick up the heat level. It came out in a wicker basket. About 10 big scallops, breaded and fried. No hint of sauce, but there were hundreds of dried red chiles in the basket. Odd, but tasty. I only at a dozen or so chiles, they went nicely with the sweetness of the scallops. Never did see any black bean sauce though.
A successful trip, and some memorable meals. Thanks all!
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