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My weekend trip in review. Thanks so much for the great advice and suggestions!

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Many thanks for the great advice and recommendations you all provided in my previous post! My husband and I had a great time eating our way through San Francisco this last weekend, 02/26-02/28. Here is a brief outline of all the delectable goodies we got our hands on:

BRENDA’S FRENCH SOUL FOOD
Without your recommendations I would have missed out on one of the best breakfasts I have ever had! We had:
Beignet Flight (fresh from the fryer and absolutely delicious)
Seafood Frittata with potato hash and a cream biscuit (piping hot, well-seasoned)
Watermelon Iced Tea (interesting take on tea)

PIZZERIA DELFINA
I was surprisingly disappointed with this place, especially after I read all the wonderful reviews it had garnered. We had:
Pizza Margherita (great quality ingredients, but it didn’t knock out socks off)
Spicy Cauliflower (served lukewarm, but very tasty preparation of cauliflower that I plan on recreating at home)

HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE
A cute little shop with some odd flavor combinations. The gentleman behind the counter was very welcoming and offered us quite a few samples of his favorites. We had:
Secret Breakfast (tasty, but not as good as my choice)
Chocolate with Smoked Sea Salt (my husband was put off by the amount of salt in this, but I am currently enamored with sweet/salty combos, so this was perfect for me)

BOULEVARD
This restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and has great ambiance, but I really wasn’t as impressed with the food we were served. A bit of a disappointment when you consider how much we paid. Maybe it was just an off night for the kitchen staff? We had:
Day Boat Sea Scallops (arrived lukewarm and grit was found in two of the four scallops)
Goat Ravioli (very tasty and interesting take on the ravioli)
Lamb T-Bone (well cooked protein, but my husband couldn’t get past the very bitter spinach that was served with it)
Angus Filet Mignon (well cooked protein, tasty sauces, cold potatoes were a deal breaker)
Vanilla Crème Brulee with Tangerine Marmalade (served with assorted cookies, quite possibly the best crème brulee I have ever had)

Farmer’s Market
We tried quite a few new things on this trip. We had:
Mocha from Blue Bottle (okay)
Porchetta Sandwich from Roli Roti (pork perfection, loved it!)
Ham and Cheese Turnover from Acme (flaky, savory, very good)
Asphalt Jungle Mix from Recchiuti (burnt caramel almonds and hazelnuts, dark chocolate cherries, and peanut butter pearls, what a yummy and interesting combination)
Assorted goodies from Downtown Bakery (doughnut muffin, brownie cupcake, apricot pocket, sticky bun, oatmeal raisin cookie)

Burmese Kitchen
We were hesitant to go inside, as there wasn’t a single person eating at this place. The server came outside and invited us in and I have to say thanks for the recommendation, the food was tasty, freshly made, and affordable! I would love to try their fish and tealeaf salad next time as I have read such great reviews about these items. We had:
Fried Golden Tofu (crisp little bites served with a sweet/tangy dipping sauce)
Garlic Egg Noodles with Pork (lots of noodles and a bit of pork, filling)
Eggplant with Garlic Sauce (good, but not my favorite preparation of eggplant)
Coconut Rice (good accompaniment to the eggplant)

Perbacco
I am in love with the food at this place! My pet peeve when dining is receiving lukewarm food. Every dish arrived at our table, as it should, hot or cold, not in between. I can’t wait to come back. We had:
Raviolo with Hen Egg (I don’t know how they do it, but this tender filled pasta is genius)
Crudo (beautifully presented, my husband enjoyed it)
Sea Bass (crisp skinned, tender fish served with a delectable sauce)
Pork Shoulder (I ate every bite, loved the mushrooms)
Apple Bread Pudding
Dark Chocolate Mousse Bar (both desserts were good, but not as good as the crème brulee at Boulevard)

Canteen
What a cute little place! I would love to have dinner here on our next trip. We had:
Chupacabra (I wasn’t as impressed with this, but my husband really liked it)
French Toast with Blueberries (delicious rendition of a classic)

Bob’s Doughnut
We had:
Custard Filled Doughnut with Chocolate Glaze (very fresh and not overly sweet)
Apple Fritter (This thing stayed crisp all day long, very good snack for the road)

Eastern Bakery
We had:
Egg Custard Tart (not too sweet, nice crumbly crust)

Limon
We were very disappointed to find Poc-Chuc closed, so we headed further down and decided to try Limon. Everything was freshly prepared and very tasty! We had:
Lomo Saltado with Eggs (very tasty combination of beef, onions, and tomatoes)
Yucca Fries (I love yucca and these fries were perfect)
Chimichurri Grilled Toast (nicely charred on the edges, yet tender in the middle)

Arinell
We had:
Slice of Cheese Pizza (crisp thin crust, a fine snack)

Bi-Rite Market
The ice cream shop was closed, so we came here looking for salted caramel ice cream and they were sold out! We settled for:
Chocolate Pot de Crème (not overpoweringly sweet, but it did have a grainy texture)

On the way home we stopped by Ikea in Oakland and found ourselves to be hungry yet again, so we ate at Pasta Pomodoro. We had:
Rigatoni Bolognese (very tasty sauce)
Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken (papparadelle pasta in place of the traditional fettuccine)
Brussels Sprouts with brown butter (nice to have some vegetables)

Thanks again to my fellow Chowhounds for helping to make this trip delicious! I will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later, for another adventure in your wonderful city.

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  1. Thanks so much for reporting back. You did an excellent job putting together a foodie weekend. Here's your original request, in case people are interested: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/686608

    From your and other recent reports it sounds like Perbacco is really firing on all cylinders these days. Interesting, because one might think their energies might be distracted by opening Barbacco next door. Instead, there seems to be some kind of synergy going on. I'm wondering if Boulevard is getting a bit stale.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      So glad you liked my two favourite places in SF, Canteen and Burmese Kitchen. I bet it was the owner Denis who nabbed you :-). I'm sorry you didn't get to try any of their salads though. And Canteen for dinner next time, yay -- just remember to book well in advance and check to see if it is a prix fixe. Also thanks for the additional info on Perbacco, which we are booked into for March 25. Here's hoping that sea bass is still available.

      1. re: grayelf

        Thanks for the great report, we love Boulevard! This past October we enjoyed a great brunch with our family at Grand Cafe @ the Hotel Monaco. I love dining around San Francisco! :)

        1. re: grayelf

          Grayelf,

          I really appreciated your suggestions. Our trip was terrific! Perbacco was by far the best meal of our trip. I can't wait to go back. Hopefully you have an equally pleasing experience.