Day 1 -- After a hellacious day of traveling including a missed connection in Las Vegas that necessitated a trip to the lovely Phoenix airport I convinced my brother that Korean barbecue was in order. We cruised Telegraph Ave in O-Town and wound up at Koryo. Didn't manage to get a table with coal BBQ but nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed our oyster pajun and spicy pork BBQ.
Day 2 -- Took a nice hike in Mt. Tamalpais down to Stinson Beach. Nothing like 18 oysters washed down with two pints to fortify one for a long uphill march. Sadly the oysters were the best meal of the day. That evening I went with my brother's family to a spot in Oakland called Rosa Mexicano. I *knew* I was in for a subpar meal as soon I opened the menu and saw combo plates. My enchiladas de pollo with mole verde were decent but otherwise soulless. Followed this up with a trip to the infamous Saloon on Grant Street where my much beer and blues helped me forget that miserable Mexican meal.
Day 3 -- After sleeping on the floor of my friend's hotel room at the Mark, I made my way over to Dol Ho for some dim sum. Ruth, you were right this a real Chinatown experience. Had some rice noodle, pork dumplings and shrimp dumplings. Dim sum is always so hard with one person! Along with two jars of their amazing hot sauce the tab came to a little over $12. Dinner at Pakwan with hounds was an experience. I enjoyed the meal, the company and the brews. But I'll say this -- it ain't Mina. If any of you guys get to Queens I'll lay odds it'll blow your chowish mind. Thanks again for squeezing me in Victoria/Melanie.
Day 4 -- Thankfully I had the appetite for more than an apple and a glass of water after the Pakwan Chowdown. I had to set things right and get a real Mexican meal. So I headed to Fruitvale to La Torta Loca around the corner from the Bart. I knew I was in the right place when as I sat there on the rickety streetside stool the radio started blaring a cumbia version of Rock Around the Clock. The huaraches con tinga was laden with shredded pork with a smoky-spicy flavor. Followed this with a sope w/asada which was good as well. Unforunately I did not have room for a hubcap sized torta. Headed back into the city and managed to beat the line at Tadich and enjoy a dungeness crab cocktail with and six oysters.
If I had it all to do over again I'd had more dim sum, and made it to Dona Tomas. Thanks again for all the tips.