chow near Catherdral Hill hotel?
looking for b'fast, lunch and dinner, $ to $$ price range, for adults with ecclectic tastes.
Also anything near Mt Zion hospital/UCSF med ctr--Divisadero/Geary area. For this weekend.
I hear the Bay to Breakers is on Sunday--will this make dining out difficult?
I happened to park by the Cathedral Hill on my way to see "Ratatouille." On the way out, ravenously hungry and thinking about what I could cook on the way home, I happened to walk by the open doors of Tommy's Joynt. A young hostess welcomed me in as I drooled over leg of lamb versus roast turkey.
Okay, it's not haute cuisine. Alarmingly friendly too. The guys behind the steam table with the big knives are pros.
Lamb won out (for $7.75, with roasted potatoes and carrots, two huge bones, and a roll and butter). It was tender and tasty, nothing a lighter hand with gravy or some haricot verts wouldn't have dressed up. The line was out the door by the time I left.
here's the lowdown on my weekend's chowhound adventures:
Turns out I had my hospitals mixed up. Family was at Cal Pacific Med Ctr. d'oh! So far so good on the proceedure.
Did go to Arizmendi--drove past Fri evening while trying to find a parking spot for PJ's Oyster.... --LOL!!. I went to school with an Arismendi, so went back early Sat a to see if here was any relation. Found parking in the lot behind PJ's on the south side of Irving. Got some scones and a chocolate thing, bran muffins for the hospital staff, and a cheese roll for me. All were pronounced excellent. Talked with a friendly local couple who gave me some chow pointers. Everyone I ran into in SF was so very friendly.
According to an clipping posted, Arizmendi is an employee owned collective named after a Basque (ed.) priest who founded a baking collective (ed.) which now has something like 35,000 'employees' worldwide!
Also had nice sushi next to my motel on Geary. Sushi Tani. Fresh and satisfying, prices in the moderate range. Nice neighborhood feel to the place.
Other chow included a late afternnon butter/sugar/almond flour crepe at Crepes-A-Go-Go on Union St; very nice staff.(I was able to do the shallow steps down to Cow Hollow and took a taxi back up hill) and brother and I had some serviceable thin crust pizza at Village Pizzeria next to the hotel downtown.
Thanks to all who chipped in with advice--I felt like I had some friendly moral support, and not so much like the country mouse visiting the big city. Chowhounds are so great.
I had SUCH a good time--despite the intensity of the hospital-- and can easily invision myself tottering around SF as an old lady chowhound checking out the scene.
Sunday noon I stopped by downtown WF for some road food, and got some rather cardboard-y marinated shrimp and some good corn chowder and roll for lunch. I had to laugh--they have studied their (boomer)demographics well--Motown was blasting on the PA system. It was a veritable feeding frenzy going on.
The WF bakery had just discontinued making tres leches cake and suggested I cruise Mission St on my way out of town to score some, but alas no parking, and most bakeries were closed. Safeway was out. But the eatieries! egads--one could spend a month of lunches and dinners investigating a few blocks. Did get a rather insipid piece of cake near the far end of Mission, at a place that looked like it specializes in huge fiesta-sized cakes. Lemon-flavored meringue is.... what kind of leche?....but the cake itself was satisfying, nice and spongey.
re: toodie jane
glad things went well with your trip. too bad you missed the tres leches thread--see under Bay Area boards (i'd paste it but I'm already in the middle of this posting)--next time go to Delessio's Bakery (you can park there, too!)for delicious tres leches. It's at Broderick between Oak and Fell near the Haight Ashbury neighborhood.
I was leaving town from downtown WF, so decided to head straight through on Mission to catch the 280. I will find Delessio's on a map and remember it for next time. Yay, parking!!
unfortunatley, my recent tres leches binge is now adhered to my hips, but hopefully not for a lifetime!
Bay to Breakers is over by 10 or 11. All that means is brunch is crowded and parking is a pain.
Near Cathedral Hill:
Swan Oyster Depot (lunch Sat) on Polk
Tajine - Moroccan on Polk
Bodega Bistro or Mangosteen-Vietnamese on Larkin
Red Door Cafe - breakfast on California
There's a good place for scones (Sconeworks) on Ellis, although they may only be open weekdays. Otherwise pick up baked goods at Whole Foods.
You're also close to Hayes Valley and Japantown. Basically easy to walk in any direction.
Do a search on Mt. Zion. There are have been many past roundups.