We started our day off with breakfast at the Pancake Circus - 2101 Broadway @ 21st St.- great , fluffy buttermilk pancakes and crispy hash browns but weak coffee. Buckwheat pancakes are not the way to go - scary looking (very dark) and quite dense - not nearly as good as the buttermilk. The corned beef hash was pretty standard - very traditional old school. The waitresses here are very friendly and very good - most of them seemed to be carrying four and five plates - career waitresses - not students. Quite busy. We spent the rest of the day touring Sacramento - Corti Bros. David Berkeley, Ikeda's and the Asian Mall at 65th &Stockton. Had lunch at Huong Lan (6930 - 65th St.) - good, cheap bahn mi - most of them are only $1.25 - the most expensive one is $1.75. They offer 7 or 8 difffent bahn mi (vietnamese sandwiches). The SF Supermarket (Asian goods) that anchors the mall is quite complete - I understand there are other good stores in the area - will have to go back for further exploring. Ikeda's was a disappointment - just a shadow of their store up in Foresthill. Corti Bros & David Berkeley are so different - really appeal to different folks. I have to admit I leaned toward Corti Bros. - there are gems interspersed among the more mundane choices - whereas, David Berkeley is more of a boutique - very nice but targeted - very town & country. Darrell Corti was very generous with his time (we have some friends in common) but I saw him talk at length with other folks, as well. Each of his favorite items has a story. All of a sudden as you're walking down the isle - there's a cabinet with balsamic vinegars - one that is $499 for 100cc's - that's about 3-4oz? Both stores have a good wine selection. Worth checking both of them out. My friends who were staying overnight in Sacramento were steered toward Waterboy for dinner. Had a good time exploring and look forward to returning.
We started the day by visiting the Crocker Mansion Museum - very eclectic collection - enjoyable.