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SF Newbie Food Report: Week 1

brian jarmon | Jan 2, 200601:15 PM

My girlfriend and I have just moved out to San Francisco from Brooklyn. We both love food and love Chowhound. We've been here a week and already tried so many delicious foods. Here's a rundown of what we've loved so far. Some of these food adventures occurred a few weeks ago when I was visiting prior to moving out here...

Salsalito Taco Shop (1115 Bridgeway Rd)
~ 2 amazing crispy, fried fish tacos, 1 carnitas taco, and 3 types of salsa, chips & guac; excellent

Rosamunde (545 Haight St)
~ Duck with Figs Sausage > 2 delicious small sausages with sauteed onions on a soft French roll

Saturday AM @ Ferry Building
~ Acme Bread: Organic Croissant
~ Hog Island Oysters: 3 small and 3 Kumamoto with Hog Wash, a classic mignonette updated with fresh cilantro and rice vinegar
~ Hayes Street Grill: Pan-fried oyster po'boy; really tastey cornmeal encrusted oysters on toast with greens
~ Prather Ranch Meat Co: Organic Cheeseburger; this actually wasn't as delicious as I thought it would be, but I bought some of their ground beef and brought it home and made an amazing patty melt with some Acme Sourdough and some Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk cheese
~ Fatted Calf: Fegatelli & Petit Sec Aux Herbes Salumis; these tastey, but I really want to try some of their pate
~ Misc Farmer's Mkt: lemon and onion-garlic roasted pistachios, Organic Satsuma Tangerines & Assorted Dates
~ Frog Hollow Farm: Carnitas pastry turnover & fresh
squeezed Organic OJ; where else can you get a carnitas pastry? buttery pastry with nice shreddy pork
~ Golden Gate Meat Company: Organic bacon, egg & cheese on a Kaiser roll; a great breakfast sammy
~ Mijita Niman Ranch Carnitas Taco

~ Best of Thai Noodle (1418 Haight St)
Pad Kee Mow > chili-basil noodles with seafood; the slices of scallop were superb, shrimps and fake crabmeat not so good, but the noodles were hot and melt-in-your mouth good

Coco 500 (500 Brannan St)
~ COCOmole “taco” > shredded beef cheeks in a chocolatey mole sauce on tortilla chips with cilantro aioli; a great bargain at only $4
~ Confit tuna stuffed piquillo pepper > I actually thought this was going to be blue or yellowfin tuna, but ended up just being albacore; still tastey
~ Belgian Saison Dupot > always a delicious treat

Thai House Express (901 Larkin St)
~ Special Pork Leg Stew > Quite reminiscent of our favorite thai pork leg dish from Sripraphai in Queens, NY (C-17, Pork Leg Chili-Basil); this dish is lacking chili-basil, but the pork is shreddy and it has the same underlying asian 5-spice type flavors as Sripraphai's
~ Pad Kee Mow w/ Pork > Excellent spicy, carmelized noodles and pork

La Corneta (2731 Mission St)
~ Carnitas Taco and Quesidilla > The taco was a bit wet being that it was heaped with so many ingredients, but the pork was good; Quesidilla was huge and better

Absinthe (398 Hayes St)
~ Niman Ranch Burger w/ Grueyere on an herbed bun > I'm a sucker for anything with Niman Ranch meat in it; this burger was good, but the bun somewhat overwhelmed the flavor of the burger
~ Niman Ranch Croque Monsieur ham sandwich > Very buttery grilled sammy; very tastey

Ali Baba's Cave (799 Valencia St)
~ Falafel with the works including fries, fried eggplant, fresh parsley, cucumber salad & hot sauce, all on Lavash flatbread; one of the best falafel sammies I've ever had

Memphis Minnie's BBQ (576 Haight St)
~ BBQ Smoked Pork Eggrolls with spicy aioli; an interesting concept with delicious creamy-spicy dipping sauce

Metro Caffe (247 Fillmore)
~ Niman Ranch Cheesesteak > I've never had a cheesesteak with natural beef before; tastey and delicious

AG Ferrari (3490 California St)
~ Italian Molinari Salami sammy w/ Olive Tapenade on Ciabatta

Thai House Express (599 Castro)
~ Special Pork Leg Stew > Same delicious flavor as Larkin location, but this version had nearly no fatty skin chunks in it
~ Spicy Spicy Chicken Larb > Asked for it spicy and they delivered; refreshing with lots of mint and citrus
~ Crispy Fried Pork > Being that this pork was battered, it was not exactly what I was expecting; usually the thai crispy pork I've had consists of large chunks of pork which have been steamed then fried to a crispy-chewy

The Jelly Donut (3198 24th St)
~ Jelly, Glazed & Crueller > Only ordered a jelly donut and a glazed donut, but they threw in a crueller for free; good donuts, not hot but fresh

If you've made it this far, well done. My posts moving forward certainly won't be this long. I'd appreciate any food recos which fall in line with any of the tastes we've already experienced here in SF.


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