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My trip to SF

kevin | Apr 1, 200810:26 AM

So got to to SF, but didn't have the time to do some serious eating. Other obligations but here are the places I did try.

Visited Molinari Deli in North Beach and it was pretty darn good. I ordered up an eggplant parm sandwich. Yes, I realize what you're thinking, you have to go for the salumi. But the breaded eggplant cutlets with fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, and tomato sauce was pure bliss on the toasted hard Italian roll. Great stuff (reminds me of Bay Cities in LA, but actually not as busy). Molinari is deservedly a local institution.

I wanted to visit Cafe Jacqueline but never got around to it. Maybe next time.

Did visit the North Beach Lobster Shack and ordered up the Main Lobster roll with lobster chunks loaded with mayo and green onions in a buttered and fried top loading bun. To tell you the truth, I found it to be way to rich even the sandwich itself was barely three or four inches in length and just not that hefty at all. The lobster salad inside was way too mayo-y. And the bread itself was hefty due to the butter and possible frying. It seems like so far they're hurting for business. Maybe people walked by checked out the menu posted outside and then walked on. I like that the place is casual where you order at the counter and there are rolls of paper towels to wipe up with at each table. But also the prices are not cheap, 18 bucks for a lobster roll. about 35 bucks for a lobster dinner. Although if you happen to want a hot dog or burger (though I don't really know why you would at lobster shack) it's only 5 or 6 bucks. One of the cool things is the soda fountain doesn't have Coke or Pesi. Instead, they have RC cola, which I haven't seen in years.

I also visited Toronado bar in the Lower Haight, which is worth checking out for the wide variety of beers on offer. Stopped by the taco/burrito shop afterwards to soak up the beer (Memphis Minnie's and Rosamunde had already closed up shop by that time).

checked out A16 on Saturday night but it was packed to the gills so passed on it. You SFers really support your local restaurants or maybe it was just a lot of tourists.

Visited Dottie's True Blue Cafe. Remembered it was a fave of some, so tried it. It was all right. really liked the buttermilk dill bread that they say they make on the premises. Is Dottie's in the Tenderloin or Tender adj???

I grabbed one of those Irish coffees at the Buena Vista, was interesting for one time, but it did feel like a tourist trap. They aren't cheap and you can probably find one at Tommy's Joynt for half the price. I think it's about 8 bucks at Bueen vista, and under 4 bucks at tommy's.

One thing I didn't realize is how many pizza parlors there are in SF. There's a takeout looking joint called Bufala di Mozzerrela pizza or Mozzerella di Bufuala on Fillmore, anyone know about this place. Is it supposed to be good? It's an artisanal name for what seems to be a corner pizza delivery only joint.

also, I was in Chinatown area, but didn't happen to notice Jai Yun on Clay, Has it closed up again? in the past couple weeks or is it in a storefront with a banner stating ORIENTAL PEARL?


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