Tadich Grill, and Farallon, SF report (w/ pics)
B. and I finally went for dinner at Tadich Grill 7/1/06. It's really close to Embarcadero Bart-a block away. We got there around 6pm and there were people lined up for a table, we decided to eat at the bar. Eating at the bar is fun and you can get your food faster it seems.
Sourdough bread and butter brought out quickly, and ice-water too. We ordered Boston clam chowder, Coney Island chowder, pan-fried sand dabs, and cioppino. Boston clam chowder in a cup is $5.25 and pretty good-not the best, but decent. Coney Island chowder is a tomato based chowder-and just ok; we liked the Boston clam chowder best of the two. Sand dabs were decent-lightly crisped from frying, some boring veggies, and 3 wedges of fries I didn't eat. Cioppino was pretty tasty-lots of chunks of fish, some crab, shrimp w/ two slightly burnt toast. I didn't look at the dessert menu which was a big mistake. I saw my neighbor and someone else get a dessert which looked like a big size square custard that looked homemade-later asked the waiter and he told us it was rice pudding. I'll have to get it next time.
Total with tip around $60. Nice to go once or on someone else's tab.
Free Matchbox by the register/check-in. "The Original Cold Day Restaurant, established 1849."
240 California Street (near Battery)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Farallon: I went here on 7/1/06 just for desserts. We just walked-in and talked to the host and she said there was a table at the bar.
Service was slow probably due to lots of people in the restaurant. I should have ordered the dark chocolate pudding, or the sweet endings sample. Instead I got the boysenberry cobbler w/ Meyer lemon ice-cream ($10). The ice-cream was good, but tiny scoop of it, and the cobbler part was just average.
I did like the jellyfish decorations. Free Matchbox at the host's desk. Skip going to Farallon unless someone is paying.
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Thanks for the update and a report about Farralon.
I agree with you about Tadich's white clam chowder.
Nice to get a comment back on the desserts at Farralon. It seems people are always saying on the board they are outstanding, but the mediocre meal I had there over a year ago during the DAT promotion, was mediocre and forgettable. I think I had fish.
Farralon does have lovely parting gifts though. They had a number of freebies like the matchbox on my visit.