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Where'd you eat this scorching weekend?

jen maiser | Sep 22, 200312:36 PM

It was a good food weekend for us ...

Brunch on Saturday morning at Le Petit Robert. Great place for people watching. Great brunch. I had a fritatta -- can't remember what was in it! But it was great. Jason had greek yogurt with granola and fruit. Really good -- basically the same as the greek yogurt dessert that they sell at Chez Nous. I think that the brunch was around $30. Decent price, except for the outrageously priced side of potatoes for $6.50!

Saturday night was a mish mash of food from the Ferry Building shops (I missed the market ... but ran to Acme and Cowgirl later). Bought Hobbs prosciutto from Golden Gate Meat Company. Wasn't my favorite. Rather stringy and gristly -- Molinari's is much better. Double Gloucester cheese from Cowgirl ... a loaf of ciabatta. Lemon cucumber and purple cherokee tomato from Capay Organics. A divine hot weather meal.

Sunday found us in Mountain View for a couple of errands. On the way back to the city, we hit El Grullense on Middlefield for Al Pastor tacos. They were exceptional. I don't know if tacos al pastor "my way" is authentic or not, but these were made the way I like them. The pork was full of flavor, but pretty dry. No goopy barbecue sauce. Just a very good salsa. Whopping $1 each.

Sunday night was the real scorcher. After glasses of wine sitting outside at Cafe Roma, we decided to go to L'Osteria del Forno. It was close by, and there was no wait. Those of you who have been to this restaurant are probably laughing out loud right now -- this is a very good place (we had not been there before) but going to a restaurant that only uses ovens and is about the size of my studio apartment is not really the best choice on one of the hottest nights of the year. We had a speck appetizer of prosciutto, white beans, arugula, and parmesan with oil and lemon. The flavors all went together wonderfully. The beans were toothsome and perfectly cooked. The pizza we ordered was great -- no tomato sauce, just mozarella, ricotta, and porcini mushrooms. Despite the heat in the restaurant, we had a fantastic meal.

Oh yah -- stopped by Mitchell's as well. We almost left when I pulled number 51 ... they were serving number 11! But the scene, everyone hanging out, and all of the children trying to eat their ice cream before it melted into a puddle entertained us to no end ... and about 1/2 an hour later, we had our ice cream.

So what did everyone else have this weekend? Any old favorites? New finds? The perfect place to eat in the sweltering heat?

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