Once again, I'd like to thank you guys for being so repeatedly great to visitors andgiving us suggestions. I had asked for Old Town suggestions, and took you up on quite a few.
El Agave - really great and interesting. I was a bit dissapointed with my natas entree, hoping for more from the chicken breast than a chicken breast with sauce on top - no unity there. But B's steak entree was awesome, as were our appetizers. Of course, we had really wanted to try some tequilas but our waiter was really pushy and forceful and not all that into talking about tequilas. Also pushy and forceful overall - B ended up with a different entree than he had ordered, we wanted dessert but were brought our check and then ignored - but the food and atmosphere were good.
Berta's - we went there for a late lunch but I wished we'd gone for dinner to take full advantage of the entire menu. But the service was great - we were alone in the restaurant but the waiter did a good job of making us feel welcome and not awkward - and B's jamaican chicken was outstanding - really homemade spice mixture, unique but traditional. And my dish had this really simple cabbage slaw with a lemon vinaigrette that gave me new apppreciation for cabbage.
Hob Nob Hill - went there on a Jane and Michael Stern write up, for breakfast. The place is really about the atmosphere and style more than the food, it seems, which is not to say that's a bad thing. Whipped butter with coffee cake. Jam servedd in hollowed out orange peels lined with lettuce. What more can be said?
Casa de Pico - really, we had wanted Bandini. Due to rain, most places had been empty and we failed to call ahead when the weather cleared. So the wait was atrocous and others had spoken favorably (although not as much) about Pico so we went. I did enjoy the carnitas. That's all I can say favorably. I really hated their corn tortillas, compared to the half dozen other places we had eaten them that week.
And last, but first in my opinion, was not a chowhound recomendation but a place very close to our hotel, and therefore convenient on those tired, wet wet nights and lazy mornings - Las Brasas. This place is on San Diego Ave near Noell St., and is mostly a take-away place with two tables inside and three out. I loved this place. The food was just great. The refried beans had really good flavor, the corn tortillas were firm but not too fat, chilaquiles had eggs nicely scrambled in. Good breakfast burrito with crumbled chorizo, potatoes, and eggs. I loved my fish tacos, although they were served with lettuce instead of cabbage, I could go on. We ate many a meal at this place - which is really a testament to how much I loved it. Usually I am so fixated on going as many places as possible in the short time I have I refuse to eat at the same place twice. But we really loved Las Brasas. I do regret not getting to El Indio, which seems like Las Brasas only better, but we grew quite fond of the place.
There's always next time, and hopefully next time mudslides and sinkholes won't stand in our way.