We made a short trip to SF before Thanksgiving. We had dinner at Scala’s Bistro, which was very close to our hotel in Union Square. I was surprised how crowded it was on a Monday evening at 6:30pm and thankful I had made a reservation. We shared a tasty pizza as an appetizer (pear, gorgonzola and bacon) and our entrees were the pork chop and duck breast, both cooked perfectly. For dessert we shared the apply named “Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate” dessert, which consisted of chocolate mousse cake, chocolate gelato, and chocolate sauce. It was very good. Portions were good size. Dinner with tax, no beverages and before tip came to about $90. We had a table next to the window and enjoyed watching people, the cable cars, and the bellhop from the Sir Francis Drake next door in his red olde merry England costume. I hope they get paid extra for wearing the costume.
The next day we arrived mid morning at the Ferry Building. It was Tues., so the small farmers market was in progress. Our first nosh were empanadas from El Porteno Empanadas. We had a mushroom and a jamon and queso, both very good with flaky pastries and tasty fillings. We shared an order of baked oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. There were 4 Sweet Water oysters in our order in a buttery parsley sauce. Good bread was brought to our table and was useful for sopping up the tasty oyster juices. We then walked next door to Ferry Plaza Seafood and had New England style clam chowder and half a shrimp sandwich and half a crab melt sandwich. While pricey, the food was good. The chowder was thickish and had good clam flavor and a good amount of clam chunks. The sandwiches were yummy, full of flavor. Next were brownies and a box of chocolates from Scharffen Berger. The brownies, though thin, were to die for. I haven’t broken in to the chocolates yet (still experiencing Thanksgiving food coma). Boccalone had the cutest cones of cured meat displayed, so we had to get one to share. It was a paper snow cone container filled with various cured meats (salumi, mortadella, etc.). Very yummy. We also bought some pancetta piana for later.
All in all, a delightful trip!
Ferry Plaza Seafood
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
1 Ferry, Building San Francisco, CA
Hog Island Oyster Co
610 1st St, Napa, CA
El Porteno Empanadas
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA