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Oct 20, 2010 11:03 AM

phoenikia' 5 days of fantastic food in the Bay Area

Day 1
croque monsieur followed by a carmelized banana/dark chocolate mousse dessert at Fleur de Cocoa in Los Gatos

dinner at Cellar Door Cafe in Santa Cruz, operated by Bonny Doon
share plates including padron peppers, eggplant pizza, dry tomato soup, Monterey squid, and potatoes with aioli

Day 2
lunch at Minato in San Jose's Japantown- chicken gyoza, and a nice & fresh, extremely affordable bento box (ginger chicken, tempura, some sashimi for under 10 bucks), but I'll return for sushi on my next visit ;-)
coffee at Roy's Station in Japantown- wish somewhere like this existed where I live.

Day 3
for old time's sake, some See's Candiesfrom a location on Market Street in SF
carnitas taco at Mijita in the Ferry Building
beef tacos, potato taquitos, chicken tacos at a Mexico DF's happy hour- the beef tacos were the winner.
fresh vegetarian spring rolls, and cellophane noodle with dungeness crab at Slanted Door. Also tried a few bites of a lamb main and a prawn main. Couldn't believe how popular this place was. Not sure I ordered well. What would you recommend on a future visit?

Day 4
dinner at Santi in Santa Rosa- mushroom crespelle, some roasted green peppers & fresh olives (not padron peppers- they had an Italian name starting with an F, and are longer peppers, with a similar flavour to padron), Hanger steak and a decadent mocha budino-probably the best meal I've had in Santa Rosa.

Day 5
a cappuccino and a breakfast pizza with mushrooms, bacon and egg at the Downtown Bakery and Creamery in Healdsburg. Great crust, and lots of mushrooms. Wish I had picked up some sticky buns to go.

dorayaki and some mochi balls with sweet soy, and some genmaicha at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

al pastor burrito & a horchata at Cancun Taqueria on Mission Street in SF

Lucked out with good food on this visit. Looking forward to future visits to the Bay area!

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Mexico DF
139 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Downtown Bakery & Creamery
308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Taqueria Cancun
2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Fleur De Cocoa
39 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

2097 Stagecoach Road, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Japanese Tea Garden
7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

Roy's Station Coffee & Tea
197 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

Minato Japanese Cuisine
617 N 6th St, San Jose, CA 95112

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  1. Thanks for the report!

    The cellophane noodles with crab *is* one of the dishes people frequently recommend at Slanted Door - I don't think you necessarily ordered poorly, I think you might be one of the many who are just underwhelmed by Slanted Door. I remember reading a trip report from another Home Cooking board regular who commented that she could get better Vietnamese food at any one of a number of local mom-and-pop Vietnamese places in Minneapolis.

    I have also read that more fusion-y dishes are generally more successful, but my last meal there was so disappointing I haven't been willing to return to test out the theory.

    Slanted Door
    Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: daveena

      Thanks for your quick reply, daveena. Maybe I've been spoiled with my Vietnamese food experiences- I have been lucky enough to have had some great Vietnamese home cooking, and there have been lots of solid Vietnamese restaurants in the cities where I've lived, so maybe my bar is set on the high side ;-)

      I absolutely love Dungeness crab (although I realize the local SF Dungeness crab season doesn't usually start until Nov), so I was a little sad that the cellophane noodles were a little underwhelming.