Back from a quick SF trip to send Mom off on her China tour. Went to Tadich Grill for Wed late lunch, got a window table after a short wait, and really enjoyed the waitstaff and oldtime SF vibe. I had the sauted scallops, a tasty very generous portion of at least a half-dozen large scallops, well-prepared and not at all gritty. But my choice paled besides Mom's petrale sole -- an immense filet that covered her plate panfried crisp but not overdone. Yum! Amazing value at just over $20 per plate.
Thursday dinner at Zuni was wonderful, particularly since we know Judy from her childhood in St. Louis. We shared four courses: the fritto, the classic ceasar salad, the ricotta gnocchi which were amazingly light, creamy and satisfying, and the chicken -- too much food, but we were celebrating. Oh, and the chocolate pot au creme for dessert. Great service and a memorable meal.
We had fun walking around the Ferry Building on Thurs morn before it got too busy, and particularly enjoyed Miette, where the proprietress was very friendly. Had a disappointing burrito at La Cumbre (not as I remember from school) but was very amazed that a staff person stood out in the street with me for a long time to help hail a cab in the sudden downpour. Enjoyed the Titanic exhibit at the museum near Yerba Buena, though expensive. Really enjoyed the friendly, helpful staff at the Prescott Hotel.
Thanks to all who made suggestions, and thanks to all of those generous people who volunteered directions every time they saw us consulting our little maps.