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Trip was great and overall the food was amazing - so thanks to all the advice here. I have to say this trip should be called "San Francisco - on the extremely beaten path" so none of this will be new to anyone here.
Friday night - our flight was 2 hrs late and our airbnb host had cooked us dinner when we arrived so we ended up not going out that night - a whole dinner lost!
Sat - straight to Ferry Market as planned and amazingly we arrived early enough to miss most of the lines. Lattes at Blue Bottle were delicious. Followed that with pastries from Craftsman and Wolves - raspberry donut had a very punchy raspberry glaze that was good but the donut itself was doughy and unimpressive, a meyer lemon morning bun was good, the Rebel Within was blah and we threw half of it away. A cinnamon twist from Della Fattoria was flakey and cinnamony in the best way. Strawberries and blueberries from various vendors were perfect. A second latte from Slight Glass was also good. Ending (over several hours of wandering around) with the Roli Roti porchetta sandwich. I really wanted to love this sandwich, but alas those hard, crunchy bits they add in did nothing for me. Way too hard - we ended up picking them all out. Otherwise the bread was good and the onion jam and the bites of pork that didn't have too much greasy fat were yummy. Honestly I don't think i would buy one again.
Lots and lots of walking and we ended up that evening over by Tony's Pizza Napoletana. We were told the wait was 45-60 min and we were seated in 20min. Excellent service here all the way through. We were initially seated outside in the very bright sun, when I requested to be moved they cheerfully moved us inside. Awesome, perfectly chilled Moscow Mules, shared a really nice house salad (with walnuts and green olives) and a New Yorker pizza with ricotta, pepperoni, and spicy salami. It arrived still smoking and steaming and was one of the best pizzas we've had in a long time. Just the right amount of char and chewiness to the crust and again, exceptionally good service the whole meal. I would definitely return here.
Sun - a long and very pleasant walk to b patisserie where we had what felt like one of everything. This was my favorite bakery and well worth the 20 min or so we waited in line. Chocolate Kouign Amann, Raspberry Almond Croissant (very over the top), something passion fruit flavored, a top notch apple tart....No question that this will be top of my list on a return trip.
From here a walk through Presidio, checked out Off the Grid, but was too full to try anything and nothing jumped out. Down to Golden Gate and then to Palace of Fine Arts where an outdoor, bollywood style wedding was going on. Very hot and tired we took a Lyft to Zuni Cafe where we walked right in, no wait. It was a very pleasant and relaxing space to drink lemonade and recover while waiting for our roast chicken and nibbling Acme bread. I have to say the wait seemed excessive, but when it arrived - that chicken! The more I ate, the better it tasted - the currents and pine nuts and frisee and bread all soaked in chicken juices and vinegar dressing! No regrets here - that was a damn good chicken.
From there we took Lyft to Bi-Rite. Maybe a 30 min wait in line and while it was good, I have had better. Coffee Almond Toffee was the clear winner and none was tossed, the nearby park was really nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.
Mon - Had a harder time finding a place open Mon morning, we ended up at The Mill for breakfast and were very pleasantly surprised. Lattes were good and we shared avocado toast - very nice sourdough bread and the olive oil drizzle was a tasty touch, an everything croissant - I never would have tried one without the encouragement here but I really liked it, and an apple tart that I thought was too sweet but bf liked. This was his favorite bakery of the trip.
Walked all the way through Golden Gate Park and to Ocean Beach then took a Lyft back to Ferry Market. Again hot, tired and thirsty we checked in to Slanted Door and were immediately seated. Pineapple Spritzers were very thirst quenching. We shared a grapefruit jicama salad that was tasty and the crab noodles which were very, very good. Both exceeded my expectations and I would have a hard time passing this place up on future SF visits. I will try to duplicate those noodles at home- they were so good!
Still a little hungry and hot I got in a decent sized line for Humphry Slocombe with low expectations. Blown away again! With no will power to make decisions I ended up with Coffee, Secret Breakfast, Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple, Harvey Milk and Honey Graham, and Malted Milk Chocolate. I figured we could just sort of taste everything and throw out what we didn't want. We licked up every last drop. That is possibly the best ice cream I've ever had - no ice crystals in sight, creative but very delicious flavors. We loved all of it, but bf is still talking about the Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple.
Evening on the rooftop deck at the airbnb drinking nondescript sparkling wine taking in the jaw dropping view.
Tues - stopped at Manufactory on the way to the airport. Horrendous service even though they weren't busy. I had to ask for my cup of drip coffee 3 times and by then I was beyond frustrated. We had ham croissants that were nothing special. It is a beautiful space, but I wouldn't be excited to go back.
So many places we didn't make it to! I know it was a pretty pedestrian trip, but we really enjoyed most of the food and many places we would love to return to. Thanks again for all the advice here!
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