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Long weekend in SF--report (longish)

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Long weekend in SF--report (longish)

Alison B. | Jul 24, 2003 02:40 PM

Friends wanted to celebrate their anniversary by visiting San Francisco, and my husband & I were more than happy to join them.

We stayed at the Chancellor Hotel (www.chancellorhotel.com), just off Union Square, and were quite pleased with it. Complimentary coffee, tea & cookies were available at all hours.

Dinner was at B44, and was pleasant, if unspectacular. Appetizers were squid stuffed with fennel sausage (very tasty) and the seafood canelones. I had the seafood special, salmon with chimichurri and grilled vegetables, and my husband had the Arros Negra, which he enjoyed. One of our friends has in-laws from Spain, and his verdict was that the home-cooked paella he had had was better than B44's. My husband & I had dinner here back in November and enjoyed it more then; maybe it's more of a cold-weather place.

Sunday, we went to Berkeley for the Scharffen Berger factory tour, which was delicious, educational and free. After some visiting of old homes and haunts, we found ourselves at Zachary's Pizza on Solano, where we enjoyed a Chicken Breast Pizza, still as tasty as ever. Their tangy tomato sauce, the fresh basil and the crisp crust were a big hit with our friends.

That evening, we wandered over to North Beach, in search of drinks and dinner. We walked around and looked at some menus, and eventually found ourselves in front of the Washington Square Bar & Grill. When we got to the menu item of "Chipotle-Molasses Pork Chop", the males in our party practically dragged us into the restaurant. After a short wait, where we were able to fulfill the "drinks" portion of our mandate, we were shown to our table. Appetizers: 2 of us ordered the corn chowder, 1 the "Sicilian Penicillin" (chicken broth with tiny chicken meatballs, tube pasta and spinach), and 1 the fried calamari. All were delicious; the calamari came with a spicy tomato sauce that was very popular. For entrees, 2 of us ordered of the pork chops (which came with black-eyed peas), and the other 2 ordered the grilled trout, stuffed with spinach & bread crumbs, with potatoes & capers. We were all very pleased with our entrees. The fun continued with dessert: the Meyer lemon tart was outstanding, the sorbet trio (lemon, mango & raspberry) was light and refreshing, and the creme brulee was perfection. It was a wonderful dinner in all respects and the highlight of the trip. We contemplated returning to the bar for drinks, but instead walked back to our hotel, enjoying the cool air and the fog.

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