What a great city! My husband and I just spent a great five days... wish it had been longer!
Food highlights were eating our weight in dim sum at Yank Sing (the scallops, short ribs and 'special salad' were particular standouts); good and cozy italian at The Golden Spike; great beer and burgers at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley; more great beer at Torenado...if you like Belgian beers you must see this place to believe it. The shish kababs from Ali Baba down the street and the sausage place next door (the duck sausage with fig is outstanding!)make for great "pub grub", if you will.
We had a memorable meal at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena. The rabbit tostado, duck in citrus gastrique, chicken with stuffed anaheim, and the cinderella pumpkin soup with cranberry relish made for one very festive looking table. It was excellent and I highly recommend it to anybody visiting up in Napa.
We also had wonderful oyster stew at Hog Island Oyster Company and, of course, Dungeness Crab at the Ferry Market Seafood Co. and (I know it's touristy to be down at Fisherman's Wharf, but I'm a sucker for sea lions)Pompei's Grotto.
Not only was the caviar tasting at Tsar Nickolai's good, but their sturgeon jerky was a pleasant surprise.
Sorry for any misspellings.. blame the jet-lag and post-holiday food/drink coma.
Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, chow-worthy, New Year!