Eastbound And Down in Seven Weeks
I just found out I've been hired for a new job in Columbus. The good news is the long-distance part of my relationship with my partner will soon be over.
The bad news is that I'll be leaving the culinary treasure chest that is the SF Bay Area.
So what say you Hounds? What do you think I SHOULD make a point of targeting during my last seven weeks of time here? It could be something new, it could be something of an institution - I don't care, I'm kinda' looking for a list. Columbus does have a little bit of everything it seems, so I guess I'm especially looking for things that I know I'll end up missing badly in my new Midwest environs.
I already have Acme Bread and Mitchell's Ice Cream (I walk by the former everyday to work, so of course I have to indulge, and I grew up with the latter) as two must-haves. I know a Burmese resto (I've been to Mingalaba and Burma Superstar) is another, as well as the taco trucks on International Blvd (never been) but I'm open to all suggestions.
I guess the only caveats are:
1) North of the San Mateo Bridge - I do travel around quite a bit, but I don't think I see myself going south of there for the rest of my time here
2) Solo dining friendly - I've been a solo diner for all of my life here. There are places like Aziza and Chez Panisse that I have not eaten at yet but I'd rather enjoy the experience with my partner along with me (with my family in the area, we will definitely be back to visit.)
3) Budget friendly - Nothing more than maybe $15-20 max for a main course. I'm finding out how much it costs to move (yikes!) Couple that with the holiday spending...er, shopping season, and there you go.
1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Burma Superstar Restaurant
309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Mitchell's Ice Cream
688 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010
I'd start with the "what I can't get there" list, meaning probably Mexican, probably Asian, probably a bunch of ethnic, probably artisan stuff like Acme. IT could be a big list. I'd go with a burrito, middle eastern food of some sort although you can probably find it there, Burmese, Chinese, bakeries, bread.
Congratulations on following your heart, we will miss you here. If I were in your shoes, I'd be eating a lot of Dungeness crab once the season opens. Yucatan food, which has established a niche in our area and not elsewhere in the country; Laotian; Sichuan; Peruvian - add those to your list besides Burmese. And do check out Little Yangon in Daly City before you take off.
6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014