I've just started a 5-week stay in the bay area and am starting to happily eat my way through town, mostly San Jose area where I'm staying but in San Francisco as much as possible. Thanks to everyone in the forum for some great pointers, I've yet to be steered wrong in any town by chowhounds! ...
In SF, have tried...
Ton Kiang - I used to visit Harbor Village in the Embarcadero Center as my "go to" dim sum stop when in Sn Francisco, but it is now sadly closed. On recc. from this board, went to Ton Kiang for a weekday dim-sum lunch. The line was out the door but the wait was only about 5 minutes, and my wife, 1-year-old daughter and I were seated at a large round table that could have fit a party of 6 or more... I was impressed that they were not stingy with the large tables despite the crowd. Brusk/efficient yet attentive service. I found the eggrolls overly greasy and way too hot, but everything else was superb, especially the salt-fried shrimp, which were wonderfully cooked, and edible crispy shells and all.
Ferry Plaza Seafood - Stopped here mostly to visit the shops at the Ferry Plaza, and couldn't resist an open table overlooking the bay bridge at FPS... was not expecting too much from the food based on the general observation that places in touristy areas with great views usually are awful. Had clam chowder, fish soup, shrimp sandwich, crab sandwich. The chowder and soup were both excellent, possibly the best NE-style clam chowder I've had outside of the northeast. The sandwiches were on excellent Acme bread... shrimp salad on the sandwich was good but nothing special. Crab was excellent, simply a very generous portion of dungeness crabmeat, what could be better. Simple salad greens with a nicely balanced lemony vinagrette, just a pleasant lunch on a gorgeous day with a gorgeous view and did not feel like a "tourist trap"
On to my question for SF hounds.... my wife is originally from Madrid, and I'm looking for a place serving "mainstream" Spanish tapas like tortilla de patata, good ham that hasn't been crisped/foamed/etc, morcilla, boquerones, others... as opposed to the nuevo latino small-plates places (not that I don't enjoy such places as well) Any quality places like this in SF... or the bay area?
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