We made this trip earlier in July, and I haven't had time to post yet about all the great places we ate while discovering the West Coast. We loved the area, and miss it already! Quick reviews:
Betel-Nut Peju-Wu - Great food. Fresh and clean tasting, especially the lettuce cups with ground chicken you place inside.
Yukol Place on Lombard - Amazing Thai food, and very cheap. Hardly anyone in there, which is too bad because everything was absolutely delicious. Very good as leftovers, the next day. Wonderful service.
Ace Wasabi - ate here at 11 at night, at the bar. Busy place but got good service from the bartender, and everything was fresh and just-put-together by the chef (I saw him at work in the back.)
Isa - One of our splurges. The food was worth the long, long, long wait. They seemed to have a problem with the reservations, and we waited an hour. But on a saturday night, we figured we'd just wait, there was no where else we'd be able to eat sooner. We split 5 of the small plates and it was more than enough. Very rich but not heavy. Foie Gras with peaches was sublime. The chef came out and asked how things were, and chatted for a while. When he found out about the wait he gave us complimentary dessert wines.
Kate's kitchen, Haight - Huge, huge breakfast. Long line but the wait isn't as bad as you think it will be. Amazing french toast and pancakes. Lots of fresh fruit, and the cornbread hush puppies with "pooh butter" (butter with honey in it) are a must.
Coquelet- WORST sandwiches we've ever had. Dry, bland, not fresh lettuce, forgot the tomatoes....Ugh.
Jimmy Bean's - BEST brunch on the trip. I had a savory wrap of grilled veggies and cheese, it was wonderful. Came with some fresh chutneys or salsas. Breakfast of many tiny pancakes were the best I've ever tasted. GOod coffee, easy going atmosphere.
Chez Panisse Cafe - our second of 3 splurge dinners. I day dream about this place....When we said we wanted to split a glass of wine to start, they gave us each our own glasses, and they were more than 2 servings. Very generous. Had two salads which were wonderful, frizzee with fig dressing, and one with zucchini and parmesan and lemon. Split an entree, unfortunately can't think of details. We sat for about 3 hours, eating and drinking slowly...Had 2 half bottles of wine and walked home, of course :)
Little richard's diner-DOn't go here. Food was awful, not even like a greasy spoon. And my coffee mug (complete with bad coffee) had lipstick on it.
The Farm- organic, vegetarian (or I should say fishatarian). Very good, fresh, well prepared and presented. Nice outdoor seating area.
Jakes Crabhouse -famous place. Delicious fish, everything was great. APpetizer plate was the best part -some of everything, oysters, smoked trout and salmon...6 of us split it and could've easily eaten a lot more.
Lost Coast Brew Pub - good fish tacos and good salads and burgers. Excellent homemade beer. Fun, loud atmosphere.
Cafe Beaujolais - our third splurge. Beautiful, clean-modern space. Very good service. Had duck which was wonderful, as well as the vegetables that went with it, excellent wines, and fabulous dessert.
Water Boy - unremarkable food, but great service, and they split things onto two plates for us, etc.
I didn't want to make this too long with details, but I can elaborate if anyone wants more. Thanks for the help earlier in the summer, CA and OR hounds!