B. and I finally went for dinner at Tadich Grill 7/1/06. It's really close to Embarcadero Bart-a block away. We got there around 6pm and there were people lined up for a table, we decided to eat at the bar. Eating at the bar is fun and you can get your food faster it seems.
Sourdough bread and butter brought out quickly, and ice-water too. We ordered Boston clam chowder, Coney Island chowder, pan-fried sand dabs, and cioppino. Boston clam chowder in a cup is $5.25 and pretty good-not the best, but decent. Coney Island chowder is a tomato based chowder-and just ok; we liked the Boston clam chowder best of the two. Sand dabs were decent-lightly crisped from frying, some boring veggies, and 3 wedges of fries I didn't eat. Cioppino was pretty tasty-lots of chunks of fish, some crab, shrimp w/ two slightly burnt toast. I didn't look at the dessert menu which was a big mistake. I saw my neighbor and someone else get a dessert which looked like a big size square custard that looked homemade-later asked the waiter and he told us it was rice pudding. I'll have to get it next time.
Total with tip around $60. Nice to go once or on someone else's tab.
Free Matchbox by the register/check-in. "The Original Cold Day Restaurant, established 1849."
240 California Street (near Battery)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Farallon: I went here on 7/1/06 just for desserts. We just walked-in and talked to the host and she said there was a table at the bar.
Service was slow probably due to lots of people in the restaurant. I should have ordered the dark chocolate pudding, or the sweet endings sample. Instead I got the boysenberry cobbler w/ Meyer lemon ice-cream ($10). The ice-cream was good, but tiny scoop of it, and the cobbler part was just average.
I did like the jellyfish decorations. Free Matchbox at the host's desk. Skip going to Farallon unless someone is paying.
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102