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spicyfood May 19, 2009 09:13 AM

my girlfriend and I took a drive north from LA
we had a 24 hour window for food
it was her first time in SF

we stayed at the king george in UNION sq.

first stop into city

ferry building
we could both live in that building
we tried blue bottle coffee and acme
for a quick lunch--insanely good
clean building as well

next headed to the wharf got chowder in
a bread bowl, tasty as i remember
she loved it.

had ice cream at humphrey slocombe i think it was in the mission district
about 2 hours before dinner
should do that every damn day

had an incredible dinner at RADIO AFRICA which was
at the corner of florida & mariposa. I believe its also
called coffee bar during the day
apparently radio africa is a nomadic restaurant only opened
on thurs and fri for dinner and this is its second locale

food, service, music, vibe all well worth the drive alone
would love to dine there at least once a week, and considering
how expensive up north is this place was a steal at $100 incl.
tax, tip, corkage fee $15 2 entrees and 5 apps
cannot tell you how amazing this place is
RADIO AFRICA should be in every major city

for drinks BOURBON & BRANCH
I love bourbon and this place far exceeded
anything i could've imagined
and the most amazing part was my gf had
a cuccumber gimlet w/vodka and told me
it was the most amazing cocktail she ever had
so i had to get her another as well as another bourbon on the rocks
their selection is as good as it will get
it's a speakeasy from the 20's and the library in the back
was unreal.
an absolute treat!!!!!!!!!
need that in every major city as well

and to top it all off
the next morning
TARTINE bakery in the mission district
which is no surprise considering the line.

overall great city for food lived up to its hype
and the best part is there's more to try

  1. Robert Lauriston May 19, 2009 10:45 AM

    Radio Africa has been bouncing around for a few years. For a few months they've been at Coffee Bar every Thursday and Friday. I think reservations are required. http://www.radioafricakitchen.com

    Bourbon & Branch isn't a speakeasy from the 20s, it's a speakeasy-themed bar.

    The bread-bowl chowder is a modern invention of the Boudin Bakery chain. You can get it at LAX, Disneyland, and several other of the chain's locations in LA.

    1. JasmineG May 19, 2009 10:21 AM

      A review in poetry...thanks!

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