So this morning, Michael & I decided to stroll over to the new Farmers Market and check it out. From our front door the Fillmore & Eddy is a 15 minute walk. We got there at 8:35 am in time to hear da Mayor's speech (his usual Fillmore Jazz District rant) and see him cut the ribbon. They were giving out coffee, tea, juice and muffins. The crowd seemed very local, many people knew each other. We took a quick gander seeing many of the other Farmer Market vendors and a few that seemed new (maybe from Alemany?) - sorry, I'm no Stanley Stephen and I wasn't taking notes.
I didn't notice a lot of street parking but the Fillmore Center garage is directly across the street. Unfortunately, we didn't buy anything on our first round through since we had no money so we continued up Fillmore street to get to an ATM.
But first, we crossed the street to check out the Fillmore Center park and the Club One (I'm a member but have never worked out at that location.) The tiny park is very restful and has a soothing waterfall fountain. The gym was looked pretty good - lots of cardio, giant flat screen tvs, five lane pool, not too crowded -- much much nice thatn the Embarcadero location.
We continued on up Fillmore Street and stopped to check out The Grove. Some of you may remember that The Grove is the new restaurant that took over the space from The Chestnut Cafe which was the home of the BEST DAMN HASH BROWNS in SF. Alas, The Grove doesn't serve hash browns and the interior has been completely redone. It now looks like a rustic lodge complete with a fireplace. But oddly, the menu is your basic chalkboard breakfast (you know - squat & gobble and all those places that seem to have the exact same menu hand-written in chalk on a series of big black boards hung at the ceiling). We decided to try it to see if it was anything special to we quickly hoofed to the ATM and back. I had the huevos ranchero, Michael had the Eggs Florentine. We both had coffee. It was ok. My eggs were way, way overdone, the beans were excellent, the salsa was devoid of any spice. Michael's eggs were just barely not overdone, the muffin was excellent & the spinach very good. The seats are really comfy, they have wireless access and all their customers were the same 5 people (fit, younger or older white people, sometimes with one person of color). I would never make a special trip to go The Grove, but I might go back when I'm in the area and want to lounge.
Next we popped up to D&M to pick up some champagne. We're in their Champagne Club - every other month they put together a selection of small house champagnes and offer it to their club members at a discount. We've gotten some very nice champagnes that we would have otherwise never found so we're big fans of D&M and their champagne club.
With breakfast and our errands behind us, we began the walk home discussing what we would get on our second trip through the Farmers Market (This time with money). We bought stone fruit, salad greens, corn & some fabulous tomatoes. We talked with the tomato guy, asking him how the first day's business was going. He said that he would probably break even and that he didn't expect to do really well for the first year. But he did say that everyone was telling him how much more convenient this location is in comparison to the Ferry Building Market. We noticed that even at 10:30am, even though there were plenty of people around, there was still elbow room.
Anyway, it gets too thumbs up from me since it has a good selection, decent prices and its only a 15 minute walk from my home (Fillmore/Haight) or a quick ride on the 22 Fillmore. Hurray for the Fillmore Eddy Farmer's Market.