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A few reasons to love San Francisco

steve h. | Oct 26, 201104:05 PM

Zuni Cafe. We took the "F" up Market on Saturday for an early lunch. It's sort of a tradition with us when we get into town. Wine and a bloody mary to start things off. Burgers, rare, with bleu cheese put smiles on our faces. We walked back to the FiDi because the day was absolutely stunning.

Cotogna. Sitting at the bar, sipping martinis, chatting with the cordial staff, nibbling on squid, smoked trout, killer raviolo is a great way to spend an evening. Grappa to finish. I love this place.

Brunch. We enjoyed two brunches: Yank Sing on Sunday at 10 a.m. and a ferry ride to Angel Island Monday morning with a picnic basket of rustic bread from Acme, a bottle of Pinot Noir, a local IPA, some cheese and some dried sausage. We hiked to the top of Mt. Livermore where we enjoyed our meal at the peak of the former missile site. The top has been restored to pre-Nike beauty and affords the best views of the Bay (let the record show that we had real glasses and cloth napkins). There are maybe six picnic tables scattered about the top of the mountain and no garbage cans so be prepared to pack your stuff down to the recycling bins near the base. We had the peak to ourselves, I can't understand that. Dim Sum at Yank Sing (Rincon Center) is comfortable shoes. I like the food and appreciate the Ziegfeld choreography of the cart girls. In fact, the whole "wheel 'em in, wheel 'em out" attitude of management is pretty impressive. I slow things down a bit when I dine there but I recognize a well-oiled machine when I see one. Pricey but worth it.

Boulevard. The restaurant has been around for awhile (18 years?), the building dates from the 19th Century and survived the 1906 earthquake. It's a stunning piece of architecture. The food is very good (sweetbreads, wild salmon, squab). The wine selection is a cut above. Our table was half-way back in the room, along the railing and situated with a sightline to the center of the open kitchen. Maybe the best table in the house if you're a busybody like me. Service was excellent.

The weather was perfect.

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