The Big Eat SF: 100 things to try before you die
The Spätzle at Suppenküche??!? Either they mean the Käsespätzle
or they don't know what they're talking about.
The notion of heading to one particular this-week's-hipster-hangout to
have the the current-trendy-bottled-italian-apéritif-of-the-moment (#71,
and only slightly lesserly #s 26, 43, 58) is a bit silly.
That is a fun list, especially if you indulge your inner bombastic editor for things like tea leaf salad from Burma Superstar: "Burma Superstar, maybe if you're queasy about ethnic food, but I'd rather have the version from X," or "Bi-Rite Creamery's Salted Caramel? Nothing could ever be as good as Boulette Larder's limited run of Salty Caramel or Rum Raisin!"
I too have tried many of what it is listed. I would make a few edits/additions;
The Taylor's Ahi sandwich instead of the cheeseburger and add an order of sweet potato fries to go with it.
A meatball sandwich from Viking Giant Subs on the corner of Lombard and VanNess
A vanilla ice blended from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (i know its rather "mainstream" but to a generation of people that somehow think that a starbucks frappacino is any good, one sip of an ice blended from coffee bean and they will never have another frappacino)
A plate that smoked ham dish from Henry's Hunan
I find the "before you die" a little contrived but its a great cheat sheet if you looking for the signature dish or what's best at these places.
I have an Annual "Let's Eat San Francisco" party where everyone brings their favorite dish from a SF restaurant or food purveryor to share. I'll definitely link to this article in the future to give people ideas!
There's two more days to get that licorice parfait at South as part of the DAT menu.
That caldo verde at Grubstake is fine any time of the day, IMO.
They must have put the list together before Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream opened because that secret breakfast ice cream belongs on anyone's top 100.