Hi Wonderful SF ‘hounds,
I am feeling a wee bit guilty because we visited your wonderful city in July and I still have not given you a trip report. I most definitely owe you a report because you gave me lots of terrific advice.
We plan our trips so we arrive on Thursdays in time to make it to the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market. We had Roli Roti chicken with roasted potatoes, strawberries, Blue Bottle coffee and a Miette hazelnut macaroon. It was a perfect lunch.
We ate dinner at Canteen. The amuse bouche was a scallop topped with tiny bits of Pedrone pepper. It was amazing. The brioche buns were also incredibly good. We shared a smoked trout salad which was very good but our entrée—pork tenderloin—was not incredibly flavorful. We are from the Midwest and we have incredible pork here. The braised endive and polenta were okay; we found the polenta a bit watery. Dessert was an egg custard from Golden Gate Bakery. They never disappoint.
Friday’s breakfast was a scone and bread pudding at Tartine. I think their bread pudding is fabulous. We were disappointed in their coffee, however. How tacky would it be to bring your own coffee along from another store?
We walked and then took the bus part of the way to Legion of Honor. We ate at Shanghai Dumpling. It was so good—XLB, green beans, and egg puffs. Then we walked to Range for dinner via Geary and Clement (we would move from street to street as we walked). It was a wonderful (although very long) walk and we saw lots of places on Clement especially we’d like to visit when we return.
At Range, I had what might have been the best cocktail of my life----The Pin-Up, which contains fair vodka, plum, compari, and lemon. It was incredible and absolutely beautiful to behold. They had garnished it with a beautiful slice of a pluot or plum which was vibrantly rose-colored with green skin. Just lovely and the taste was SO good. We were still a bit full from Shanghai Dumpling, so we ordered a light meal—warm peach salad with fromage blanc, walnuts, and baby mustard greens and a summer bean tamale with queso fresco, spinach and heirloom tomatoes. The salad was good and the tamale was very good.
Saturday breakfast was chilaquales (sp?) and an almond scone from the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market vendors. I LOVE those chilaquales. Then we walked to AT and T Park and from there to Mission Street Bowling for their burger. OMG, was it good. DH likes his hamburger overcooked so he was not thrilled bc we shared a burger and I ordered it so it arrived a bit pink in the middle. So good.
We had a forgettable cocktail at Farallon, which we visited just so I could see the bar. We had dinner at Barbacca. I can’t find my notes re what we ate, but I do remember a fish salad (tuna, I think) which was good and the portion was ENORMOUS!!!! It arrived in a serving dish that resembled a little bathtub :0)
Sunday we walked to Tartine and I managed to get us off track so that we walked through a section of Potrero but it was a fortuitous mistake because now I’d like to get a look at that area of the city on our next visit. We arrive about 20 minutes after Tartine opened and had to wait a very long time in line---I think almost an hour. It was a crazy scene there because the paramedics had just arrived to help a woman who had set herself on fire about ½ block away. Also, a man in wheelchair who looked extremely scruffy began harassing Tartine patrons. It was a wild and crazy scene.
For our lunch, we took BART to El Farolito (sp?) for the Super Carne Burrito. We absolutely love this burrito.
I can hardly wait for our next visit. Thanks, ‘hounds, for your advice and answers to my many questions. And please excuse typos and misspelling. I am writing this fast!