Saturday breakfast at Ferry Plaza and picnic lunch
My husband and I will be coming to visit San Fran and I hear so many wonderful things about the Saturday morning farmer's market, so we would love to go. What stalls should we visit to have breakfast and where should we go to pack the perfect picnic lunch later - we are taking the ferry over to Sausalito.
For the perfect picnic lunch:
Charcut from Fatted Calf (either rabbit pate or duck rillettes)
Cheese from Andante (better than Cowgirl)
Bread from Acme
Jam from June Taylor
Fresh fruit and veggies. Apples, pears, persimmons, pomegranites and radishes are all excellent this time of year. If you buy pears, make sure they are ripe and ready to eat.
Dessert from Rechuitti or Scharffen Berger (in Ferry Plaza building)
Perhaps a bottle of wine from the wine merchant.
I had some lovely pancakes and sausage at the Prather Ranch stand outside, between the Rolli Roti and Fra Mani booths.
But do pay attention to who's doing the cooking.
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to taste fresh produce wherever samples are offered. Pears are fab right now.
My favortite for breakfast is Hayes Street Grill with the Hobbs bacon. In the winter it is with eggs, in the summer, the BLT. In the morning during the summer, the Hayes Street Grill people run around the market and pick up the best tomatoes they can find. The soft-shell crab in-season is my favorite. I love Downtown Healdsburg Bakery for morning baked goods.
If going to Blue Bottle for coffee, stick to the espresso drinks. Their drip drinks are served at too low a temperature for my taste. I like hot coffee.
I don't think that Boulette's makes breakfast on Saturday due to the crowds.
You might pick up a Roli-Roti roast chicken for your picnic. Andante cheese with an Acme loaf of bread would be nice too.
The SF Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building is like no other. Inside the main building are some wonderful bread (Acme Bread Co.), cheese (Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Co.), and produce stands both inside and outside. On the backside of the Ferry Building, there are numerous hot food stands, everything from breakfast, lunch, and dessert items. The best thing to do is check them all out, and then grab a spot there on the pier to enjoy the food as you look out on to the bay. And the Blue Bottle Coffee Company has a new stand also.
Have a great time!