Thanks as always to the redoubtable Hounds who supplied tips on my inquiry thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921229
Buckle up for an even-more-long-winded-than-usual report on our recent week in SF and environs :-). I've put it up in a bunch of separate posts to make playing along a bit less painful.
Old favourite Blue Bottle Mint Plaza was our first stop to share the piquillo pepper polenta and Prather Ranch hot Italian sausage with County Line baby greens plus a New Orleans iced coffee and a cappuccino. The Del Popolo pizza truck was setting up in the square.
We met up with rwcfoodie and charliemyboy at Elmira Rosticerria to try their porchetta and lampredotto sandwiches for lunch. We also had an order of the Mary's chicken. We all thought the porchetta was a winner, but the lampredotto was a bit of a disappointment, a little bland and shortly dubbed a gateway tripe dish :-). The chicken didn't really blow me away but it was tasty. We all liked the potatoes a lot, and two of us thought the brussels sprouts were underdone. The place is very busy, with waves of people coming at noon and 1 pm.
We hit the Philz nearby for coffees and kouign amann. Shoulda asked for half sweet on my mojito coffee but so tasty. This is a nice bright cafe with different seating areas.
Walked back to Union Square by way of Hooker's Sweet Treats, where I picked up a sample of each of their housemade toffees -- I liked the plain salted caramel the best upon testing at home ;-).
That afternoon, it was back to Skool for happy hour. I'd been thinking about their uni flan since we had it in May at dinner, and it was just as good this time. We also had wonderful Dungeness and caviar devilled eggs and pan-fried shisito peppers, along with a beer and an Up the Street cocktail, which wasn't quite as tasty as the Sansho Stiles I had last visit. One of the peppers was the hottest thing the SO had ever eaten!
Over to Kronnerburger to meet up with mariacarmen. We tried the burger (two actually, as the server misunderstood and brought two) and a patty melt, plus the wedge salad and onion rings with Calabrian chili aioli. The salad was very good, with lovely lardons and the perfect amount of creamy blue cheesy dressing. The onion rings were the sine qua non of deep fried sweet oniony goodness, so light (rice flour batter) and perfectly cooked. I liked but didn't love the burger, and thought the taste I had of the patty melt was just okay. The SO really enjoyed his burger, which wasn't too large, noting in particular the freshness of the trimmings.
After dinner we headed over to Lazlo to revisit the delicious spicy cocktail there. The SO had a Grimbergen Dubbel brown ale, and we were positively surprised to find a live combo playing. This is a great little bar. We BARTed back home after.
Pix: del Popolo truck, the lampredotto, porchetta and chicken at Elmira, ka and mojito coffee at Philz