random San Francisco reviews (Scala's Bistro, Eos, Zam Zam, Dottie's, Anchor Brewing, Monk's Kettle, Slanted Door, Zazie, Moylan's Brewpub)
We had several meals/experiences that don't really warrant an individual entries, so here they are:
* Scala's Bistro was right around the corner from our hotel, it looked decent, so we headed over there starving after we checked in (at the Hotel Rex). I had a peach julep (which was peachy bourbon awesomeness) and filet mignon sliders, which were nicely cooked but bland as filet tends to be. The accompanying fries were awesome though. My husband Tom had the squash blossom pizzeta which was really great- it had creme fraiche and truffle salt so it would have to work real hard to suck- and iced tea which had a nice floral flavor, not your typical black tea.
* Eos- we went there for their Sunday Happy Hour and planned to meet up with a bunch of friends. The staff was pretty squirrely about letting us sit at a table without solemn promises to order "substantial" nibbles, which was odd because it was pretty empty for the entire time we were there. We ordered one of everything (except the oysters, because they were from Maryland, and I wanted Pacific oysters!) Confit Spicy Fingerling Potatoes with Korean pepper and sriracha aioli; 5 Peppercorn & Cornmeal Crusted Calamari Strips with green onion aioli;
Madras Curry Potato Cakes with spiced pineapple chutney; Ahi Tuna & Salmon Poke Roll with chili lime dipping sauce; cheese plate with Piave Vecchio, a firm cow's milk cheese from Belluno, Italy; and two orders of the shiitake mushroom dumplings. The food was good- the spicy potatoes were REALLY spicy, and I didn't care much for the poke roll, but that was my own preference though. I drank a few glasses of a sparkling rose, which was lovely.
*Zam Zam Room- still the only gin martini (or any martini) that my husband will drink. I had a manhattan, and a bunch of us sat in the back room and chilled out. I love the Zam Zam SO MUCH.
* Dottie's True Blue Cafe- since we were still on EST, we got there by 7:15 to wait in line and get the first seating. Tom got the signature spiced ginger buttermilk pancakes with a side of bacon (the waiter asked if he preferred it on the crispy side, a question much appreciated.) I had one of the special omelettes with lamb fennel sausage, goat cheese, spinach, and tomato. Pretty delicious stuff there.
* Anchor Brewery Tour- so much fun! Great, informative tour followed by generous and delicious beer tasting. Also, it's FREE! People, please go there once the Christmas Ale is released (in November) and report back so that I may live vicariously through you! Highly recommended.
* Afterward, we made our way over to the Monk's Kettle for lunch. I had a Pliny The Elder Imperial IPA from Russian River, which was a little too hoppy for my tastes (and I like hoppy) and a beer from Craftsman Brewery called La Luz, a belgian style blond ale, which was yummy. Tom had Port Brewing's High Tide Wet Hop Ale and Firestone Walker Brewing's Oaktoberfest- he enjoyed them both immensely.. To eat, I had the skirt steak sandwich with blue cheese aioli, and Tom had the lamb burger with tatziki- both sandwiches were delicious and paired beautifully with beer. It was the kind of place I could see hanging out sipping beer all afternoon. Alas, we had to leave to nap and prepare for our dinner at Gary Danko.
*Slanted Door- it was a beautiful day at the Ferry Building. We strolled over early and browsed the farmer's market in front and then wandered the inside of the Ferry Building, which was fun. I saw Chris Cosintino from Incanto at the pork store in there. We shared 4 courses at TDS: tuna tartare with ginger and cucumber, a lamb sausage and raw oyster dish (they were separate which was sort of random yet delicious), catfish clay pot with caramelized onion and broken jasmine rice (amazing flavors), and a five space duck confit salad with frisee and black mission figs. We enjoyed the food, the view (we sat on the patio), and the service. It was a very nice lunch.
*Zazie- before we left San Francisco we had breakfast at Zazie. Tom had the gingerbread pancakes and I had some really awesome special baked egg dish with polenta and chorizo in a little cast iron pan. We also shared the oatmeal brulee and I had a mango mimosa drink.
* We stopped for a couple of beers at Moylan's brewery, which is right off the 101. Nice beer, and nice atmosphere. We were still full from breakfast to eat, but they had a decent looking brewpub menu. Looked like lots of locals were there for lunch.
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111
941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Eos Restaurant & Wine Bar
901 Cole St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Anchor Brewing Co
1705 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Dottie's True Blue Cafe
522 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The Monk's Kettle
3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant
15 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945
Persian Aub Zam Zam
1633 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Just wanted to say that thanks to the rec of this board, we hit up Zazie on a trip into SF from NYC. We loved it! Shared the bananas foster french toast (one slice) as an appetizer, then each had an egg dish. Mine was the "Greek" scramble, with feta and spinach. The bread was excellent (made there?) as were the potatoes (really nice garlicky flavor). Thanks for the rec! Will try the gingerbread pancakes next time...