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Best Things I Ate Last Month: May 2011 edition

Hamburger at Citizen's Band

Great meat (and not too thick) cooked medium rare, nice bun from Pinkie's, house-made pickles added as a layer under the patty deliver a crunchy, dill punch. Knock out.

Josey Baker walnut levain

Sick. I got two loaves for a party at my house, and served a couple just sliced up, others as a bruchette with homemade ricotta and blistered cherry tomatoes. I thought there would be leftovers to make tartines in the a.m.; I thought wrong.

Abalone with burdock root and salsify dish at Sons & Daughters

I didn't love much else that I tried here, but this was delicious and memorable. The texture of the abalone was lovely, and the castleveltrano olives pinged nicely against the other flavors on the plate.

B-A-N-A-N-A-S waffle at Starstream's Saturday-only waffle fest

A dense waffle with sparkly caramelized turbinado, house-made ganache, "torched" banana and creme fraiche. I look forward to eating this again very soon.

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Sons & Daughters
708 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Starstream
1830 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Diablita pizza at East End Pizza, Alameda.

    The new Dark Chocolate Caramel with Black Sea Salt bar at Trader Joe's.

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    East End Pizza
    1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      That chocolate bar is out of this world, seriously. I had a chocolate bar like it that I got in Paris (that is like, only sold at one chocolate store in Paris and then in Normandy), and have been mourning that bar for a year. This TJ's one isn't quite as good, but it's up there.

      1. re: JasmineG

        Vosges makes a very similar bar -- I'd be interested to do a side-by-side comparison because they are very close (expect the Vosges is three-four times the price (depending on where you buy it) and not widely available). http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/produc...

    2. Just in the baked goods realm: the Kouig Amans (couldn't eat just one) made by Starter Bakery; the asparagus foccaccia, made with salty cheese and a generous sprinking of red pepper flakes at Acme/Ferry Building; Della Fattoria's pan integrale, with a nearly burnt crust from the wood burning oven, a tender interior and just the right amount of salt in it.

      Also been hooked on the pistachio/almond nougat sold at the kiosk across from Out the Door in the Ferry Building.

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      Della Fattoria
      141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

      Out the Door
      1 Ferry Bldg Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Starter Bakery
      1552 Beach Street, Suite R, Oakland, CA 94608

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      1. re: foodeye

        The asparagus has been exceptionally good this year -- I wonder if the cool, wet spring had an effect?

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Truly, this year's asparagus have been outstanding. Oddly, of late I can only find the super thins sized at our local markets.

      2. Carolina catfish with cornbread purée, field pea & crawfish chowchow, and crispy pig ear at the Sean Brock / Husk special dinner at Plum.

        Classic deep-dish at Little Star.

        German breakfast at Gaumenkitzel.

        Cheese slice at East End Pizza.

        Shrimp rice noodle rolls at Yank Sing.

        Burger at Zuni.

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        Yank Sing Banquet & Catering
        101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

        Plum
        2214 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

        Little Star Pizza
        1175 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

        Gaumenkitzel
        2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

        East End Pizza
        1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

        1. Carolina catfish with cornbread purée, field pea & crawfish chowchow, and crispy pig ear at the Sean Brock / Husk special dinner at Plum.

          Taro buns at Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor in Sunnyvale.

          Spit-fired pork at Cotogna.

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          Cotogna
          490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. The horseradish crisp, trout roe, chive and faux shark fin soup at Benu

            Fried chicken and waffle at Murray Circle

            Chong Qing chicken wings at Dong Bei Mama

            Cured anchovy with egg bruschetta at Barbacco

            Pork Sisig and milkfish sinigang at Tribu Grill

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            Tribu Grill
            235 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066

            Murray Circle
            601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965

            Barbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            Benu
            22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Dong Bei Mama
            4737 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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            1. re: DezzerSF

              Can you say more about the chong qing chicken wings?

              1. re: pane

                Perfectly numbing and spicy, chopped wings on the bone. Slightly better than Spices!, way better than the boneless ones at Z&Y.