Late Sun a.m. heading for Sunset District on Haight. At Masonic, spot Magnolia Brewpub & parking space! Holy serendipity!
Looks like a Grubby kind of place, so check it out. Seems to be a cross btwn hip brewpub & Haight-funky joint. On Sun a.m., folkscustomers & staff alikelaid back to the point of somnambulance. The fetching Mrs G spots a notice in the window about Magnolias serving the best hamburger in SF, or the universe & all stops btwn, so shes all over that. For the Grubmanbreakfast, your basic bacon & eggs.
Eureka! Mrs G declares the burger the best shes ever had anywhere. The Mondo Grub grubs his fair share (half) & agrees. They cook it rare, so high-quality patty remains flavorful & juicy. All condiments are also fresh & 1st-rate. As a bonus, the bkfst, too, is exceptional. Smoky bacon & perfectly cooked eggs. Dont know if SF hounds have propped this place, but in the grand burger schema, its in the top box.
Monday & the Grubs are cruising along Rte 1 north of Marin gawking at wildflowers. Mid-afternoon, after hours of finding absolutely nowhere to chow, stop at Marshall Store on Tomales Bay to slurp some oysters. A couple dozen oysters & 2 loaves of bread later, were re-stoked. Best we can tell, Marshall Store is a bait shop, general store, boat dock, & restaurant. Ate at a 50s-style kitchen table in the middle of the store (which is about the size of a one-car garage). A hoot-and-a-half. Find it a bit peculiar tho that oysters eaten, oh, 4 feet from their point of origin cost more than those at Swan Oyster Depot. I guess its that high Marshall overhead.
So if you are ever in Healdsburg & wondering where to filleth thine face, Les Grubbes recommend the ever-popular Bistro Ralph. [Whose name may result in a new Grub hint for selecting a restaurant in an unknown area: If the cook is so confident in his/her cooking that he/she names the place off-handedly, say Bistro Ralph or Janets Food, it may just be great.]
For him, steak fritessliced rare hanger steak & shoestring fries. Nice. For her She shoots! She scores! Again! a marvelous lamb sandwich. Wonderful, chilling-cold J sparkling wine with. [Wed just had Js unique & delightful taste pairings at the winery.] Our guest loved her simply grilled halibut. Extra order of shoestrings. Total about $90 before tax. Doesnt get any better. Or does it?
In Grub World, one gets bonus points for scavenging. At nearby table Matt Gallo & friends were barrel tasting red wines. When they left, we scored the bottles (barely touched, of course) & polished off most of the 3, including one that tasted suspiciously like a stupendous Zin-to-be. Ahhhh. Life is good.
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