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.
Sons & Daughters
708 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
1830 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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.
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.
141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
Out the Door
1 Ferry Bldg Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111
1552 Beach Street, Suite R, Oakland, CA 94608
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.
Yank Sing Banquet & Catering
101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105
2214 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Little Star Pizza
1175 Solano Ave, Albany, CA
2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
East End Pizza
1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
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
235 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Dong Bei Mama
4737 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
Root beer float - my house - Faygo root beer, Haagen-Daz Vanilla ice cream, 4 ice cubes - frosty, sweet goodness.
Taro soup - Le Petite Cheval - cubes of soft taro is a slightly sweet chicken broth - made by cook for the staff (and me).
Shortbread cookies - Patisserie Phillipe - lighter than most shortbread plus lots of butter.
Shrimp and chive dumpling - Good Luck Dim Sum - nice green bite and sweet shrimp
Multi-layer mousse cake - Sasha formerly of Sweet Adeline's - too rich to keep eating, too good to stop - I had 2 pieces and would have had a third.
Good Luck Dim Sum
736 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
472 Sun Valley Mall, Concord, CA 94520
fluffy fresh tofu at Sushi AKA Tombo; also crunchy sea cucumber sashimi in seaweed
Lola's Blend coffee beans from Catahoula
candied violet ice cream at Mr and Mrs. Miscellaneous; followed closely by Kika's Treats ice cream at Mr and Mrs
German-style rye bread, delivered to my friend's house by the baker. email@example.com
pork in kim chee soup from Namu (CSA--not sure it's on the menu)
lamb sweetbreads at Commonwealth
meatball bahn mi at Irving Cafe Too
sliced raw kohlrabi from Mariquita farms dipped in Japanese miso dressing
and just north of the border: fish and chips with horseradish cole slaw at the Crazy Norwegian in Port Orford, OR.
Catahoula Coffee Co
12472 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Irving Cafe & Deli Too
4845 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112
Sushi Aka Tombo
1737 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
699 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The lemon quark and white cheddar cheese - Spring Hill Cheese, Petaluma
The sourdough cheese roll - Cheese Board, Berkeley
Strawberries - Saechao's Family Farm in Fairfield
The rum cake - unknown co-worker of my Mom's (oh, so good - I admit I had thirds on this one)
This is outside of the region, but I guess I should mention the Rhubarb Lime Cardamom Yogurt I had at Jeni's in Dublin, OH
Spring Hill Cheese
4235 Spring Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952
Five things come to mind this month:
multiple flavors from Mr. and Mrs. Miscelaneous especially Pink Squirrel and Candied Violet
Moylan's Imperial Stout @ The Public house-I've never tasted such an unusual and complex beer-Ever.
The Mac and Cheese in the press dining room of the SF Giants-just like mom used to make (if my mom was a mac and cheese maker) classic cheesey, melty gooey goodness.
nd finally two from the home front:
Grilled whole salmon bought from the Pillar Point docks
26 finally fresh caught abalone from the waters around Sea Ranch, dusted in seasoned flour, sauteed and then dressed with a squeeze of lemon. god bless my hunting, fishing, diving BIL.
Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Carrot Slaw w/ Cumin on a La Farine baguette from Southie
Porchetta from the Porky cart (Plum)
Szechuan beef tendon from China Village
6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
6311 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618