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November trip report from a Vancouver Hound

grayelf | Jan 1, 201504:00 PM     10

Better late than never, I hope!

Thanks to all who contributed to my inquiry threads here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9892... and here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9925...

We had another successful eating trip to the SF Bay area in mid-November. The first morning, we headed over to Blue Bottle Mint Plaza for iced New Orleans coffee, capp, granola and a pastry. Then some retail therapy for the SO. He dropped his booty off at the hotel while I wandered over to Burmese Kitchen (always an interesting walk!) for our final meal there. Dennis still hadn’t found an alternate spot. So glad we came back for a goodbye feast. Everything was excellent and we tried a dish new to us that was exceptional: tamarind leaf salad. I do hope he’s able to get a new spot soon.

After lunch we walked over to Hayes Valley, snagging some ice cream from Smitten, which had great texture but was too sweet. Then we caught the 22 Fillmore and wandered that shopping street, checking out the Prana there before hitting up Social Study for happy hour. I liked the snacks more than the SO did. We were a bit early for dinner at Verbena and so walked up and down Polk with our lovely DCs, then were seated a bit ahead of our reservation. We had the sprouted seed bread (very interesting, see pic), the Josey Baker bread, the little gems salad, the cabbage, the sunchoke, the shrimp scampi, the meatballs, the fish stew and the tartare, plus one wine, a cocktail and a beer for $194 before tip. The meal was excellent and good value despite some very odd wine service behaviour.

The desserts didn’t appeal so we decided to swing by Boulevard. What a lovely room, with delicious and pretty if not cutting edge desserts and dessert wines. Top notch service as well.

Burmese Kitchen
The Social Study
Josey Baker Bread
Boulevard
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