Thanks to Chowhounders for feedback/suggestions. What a fantastic city you live in!
Friday night I went to the Cliffhouse (downstairs restaurant) with co-workers. Not my choice, but wow, what a view! Would have felt uncomfortable here as a solo diner, but catching the sunset here is unbelievable. Food was good as well, but nothing too memorable. I had a crab soup which was light and had a butternut squash or pumpkin base which seemed a little off for June, but I was actually happy that it was lighter than expected. Halibut entree with spring vegetables was my entree. Fish was fresh, but slightly overcooked. I liked the simple preparation. Seems like a place that can get away with serving slighty above average food due to the view. Glad I came, but also glad it was expensed!
a.m.: Ferry Building. First stop was 4505 meats for the maple breakfast sausage sandwich . oh my breakfast god. so good. get this. thank me later. Also tried "real korean taco" with beef at namo - a stunner of a 3 bite snack. I wanted to eat more there, but had limited time in town and needed to move on.
lunch: Swan Oyster Depot. Line was about 15 minutes long and friendly people in line. Grabbed an Anchor Steam, Chowder and Mixed Dozen Oysters. What a spot - I didn't want to leave! Chowder wasn't very creamy, but that seems to be their style. The guys here are hilarious - definitely seems like an institution. Glad the line was short enough so that I was able to enjoy.
afternoon: Gioia Pizzeria. Really weird service but a nice space. Had a glass of wine and pepperoni pie. Got whole pie vs. slice due to time of day and I wanted to make sure I had the freshest version. The crust was spot-on but the rest of the pie was a bit greasy. I know there were more exciting options topping-wise, but I wanted to start with the basics, which is what I compare all pizza on....and they didn't have fresh basil, which I thought was odd. Walked by Pizzeria Delfina on Sunday and wish I had saved my pizza meal for there.
night: beers at a pub then a light dinner at anchor & hope with a friend. we shared a mix of oysters and salt & pepper calamari. oyster selection was limited since they had run out of a few earlier that night, but the ones we got were all fresh and full of the brininess I love! the calamari was cooked well, but needed more seasoning. we ended up ordering tons of lemon to try to elevate it a bit. a cool spot if you are downtown, but i wouldn't travel here for it.
drunken late night: leftover pizza and champagne from the great service desk at the inter-continental!
a.m. who goes to dim sum as 1? this girl. yank sing seated me right away, but between being 1 and the hangover i had, i wasn't able to try as much as i liked. i got the soup dumplings which were full of flavor, but a little smaller than anticipated and the cost was double the usual amount. i had pork shumai and har gow, but ended there. definitely bring someone with you here.
lunch: in-n-out cheeseburger, animal style. and a coke. hangover cured.
dinner: grabbed a super burrito (carne asade) from la cumbre in the mission on way to the airport for the red eye. this was the size of a small child. got about half way through and quit, but not due to lack of flavor, just sheer size.
wow - san francisco, you have so much great food...i like you. we are gonna have to do this again!